Our new little families have enjoyed the big outdoors in the large enclosure for 2 days now. It was quite wonderful watching them run , leap, and jump all around. The babies were so very happy with their new found freedom. As they found each other and realized they had new playmates, they soon forgot about mommy. But although the mommies were busy eating all the grass they could fit in their mouths, they never lost sight of their babies. There was much chatter going on in our enclosure. Mommies speaking to their babies from great distances with the cute responses from tiny mouths from every direction in the enclosure.
After viewing our empty paddocks for several years, it is just a delight to look and see such life and happiness and sometimes drama in our paddocks. I always have my Canon slung over one shoulder and iPhone in my pocket when I am with my goats. You can never tell what you might see.
Because I have so many photos, today will be babies only:
Welcome back tomorrow for mothers and babies.
A morning with sunshine and frost, rock hard ground and -4 c. It was a beautiful morning, crisp and clear. A perfect day for all our goats to go out:
Once the boys have settled in , we brought out the girls:
It was the first time in the boy’s enclosure for 3 of our little bucklings, Phillip, Winston and Pip. Leif always puts the tiny noses to the electric fence. I just can’t do it although I know it’s a real necessity. Every new buckling or doeling must go through this in order to stay safe inside the fenced enclosure. This way we can leave and be assured that no one will be wandering around one of the adjacent fields. They stay put because they have experienced an unpleasant shock, at least once.
Here Leif makes sure that Phillip, Winston and Pip learn as all the others have before them:
It was a great day for the hens and roosters come out and play. They were so happy :
It was a great day for all the animals here at Gullringstorp. Our goats were able to be out till 4 pm when it started to get dark. Some goat owners leave their goats out overnight , even during the winter months. It is supposed to be healthy for them. I have West African goats and the cold is not so fun for them, even with their thick winter coats. Maybe I am a bit protective also; I worry about animals getting to them in the enclosure or in their outdoor shelter. As the sun goes down, they are all ready to come in to their warm (relatively warm) stable and their cozy beds of straw. I can make my walk back to the house knowing all my goats and hens and roosters are safe inside their homes. I could have it no other way.
February 1, 2013 | Categories: February 1st and -4 C at Gullringstorp, Photography | Tags: bucklings, bucks, does, electric fence, enclosure, frost, hard ground, Hens, out, playing, roosters, running | 5 Comments