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Our Little Herd in the Enclosure as Hilda Goes into Labor


Well, we got Hilda back into her clean box just in time for her to have a clean and comfortable labor. She was brought back into her box around 2 pm while the others remained in the enclosure. Hilda’s absence was noticed immediately. It took some time before all the goats, boys included, to resume their activities of eating grass, playing and relaxing.

Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping  Hilda and Peanut come back

Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping Hilda and Peanut come back

Poppy watches the gate

Poppy watches the gate for Hilda’s return

Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it's time for a rest in the sun

Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it’s time for a rest in the sun

There, Keriana's down and comfy

There, Keriana’s down and comfy

Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass

Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass

The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play

The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play

Petunia has a lick on the salt block

Petunia has a lick on the salt block

Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy

Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy

Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day

Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day

Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun

Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun

Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun

Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun

Fun in the shelter

Fun in the shelter

Rose relaxing

Rose relaxing

Ivy

Ivy

 

Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter

Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter

Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table

Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table

Alika looks so blissful

Alika looks so blissful

Pip trying to get his mother's attention

Pip trying to get his mother’s attention

 

Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy

Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy

Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter

Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter

Little Man, Hilda's son relaxes in the boy's enclosure

Little Man, Hilda’s son relaxes in the boy’s enclosure

Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy's enclosure

Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy’s enclosure. Here he rests with Baby Boy

Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy

Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy

Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter

Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter

Baby Boy taking a nap

Baby Boy taking a nap

Hilda's grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today

Hilda’s grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today

Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys

Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy and Little Surprise

Little Surprise playing alone for a moment

Little Surprise playing alone for a moment

Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy toby moved top the boy's enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy's box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay!.

Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy Toby moved top the boy’s enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy’s box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay! Nanna has to find her place in the herd again, because she is not tending a baby so the dynamics are a bit different. She is doing well, not perfect, but as well as can be expected.

Alika's son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that's at all possible

Alika’s son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that’s at all possible

Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona

Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona

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Nanna is alone much of the time and I feel bad for her. I give her special attention as she makes the transition and finds herself back in the fold of the herd

Playing on the rocks

Playing on the rocks

 

Everyone eventually resumed their normal activities while Hilda was busy at her job at hand.

I wonder if they knew?

Silly question, of course they did!

 

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Summer Updates From Gullringstorp


We have had the new mothers and the babies out in the large enclosure with wonderful success. It was now time to integrate the entire herd in the enclosure at once. I was just a bit anxious about Pumpkin. She has undergone a drastic personality change since she gave birth last summer. It wasn’t the birth, no, that went quite well. I believe it was the loss of one of her babies early on, Miracle. She has been a big grump ever since and fuses with every goat, when given the opportunity.

Pumpkin has been a bit of a problem , but overall, it went splendidly!

Pumpkin had to be "caught as she ran amok when she entered the enclosure. She ran out and her daughter Rose followed

Pumpkin had to be “caught” as she ran amok when she entered the enclosure. She ran out and her daughter Rose followed.                                              Pumpkin was full of spit and vinegar as you can see by my husband’s face

Pumpkin eventually calmed herself down and had a fun time out

Pumpkin eventually calmed herself down and had a fun time out

Well what can I say? Pumpkin was fine for a minute!

Well what can I say? Pumpkin was fine for a minute!

I can't really put in words the absolute delight i feel when I look and see all my goats playing together in the enclosure

I can’t really put in words the absolute delight I feel when I look and see all my goats playing together in the enclosure

Oh, my goats having fun in the sun! What a sight!

Oh, my goats having fun in the sun! What a sight!

Iris is enjoying making a mess with hay, as usual

Iris is enjoying making a mess with hay, as usual while Poppy meets Little Surprise for the first time

Two of our tiny Pygmy ladies. Ivy on the right is Little Surprise's mommy

Two of our tiny Pygmy ladies. Ivy on the right is Little Surprise’s mommy

More fun and togetherness

More fun and  greetings

Pansy, one of Frida's daughters, meets little Toby for the first time

Pansy, one of Frida’s daughters, meets little Toby for the first time

Our sweet little Nanna

Our sweet little Nanna

Meeting old friends, goat style

Meeting old friends, goat style

Alika's son Pip stands proudly on one of the platforms for the goats to play on

Alika’s son Pip stands proudly on one of the platforms for the goats to play on

Little Pip and Toby have fun together

Little Pip and Toby have fun together. They have met before, in passing because they have each played in separate play yards

Three of our Pygmy ladies. Look at Ivy and her daughter Little Surprise, so sweet

Three of our Pygmy ladies. Look at Ivy and her daughter Little Surprise, so sweet

Ivy and her new daughter Little Surprise born June 12

Ivy and her new daughter Little Surprise born June 12

Our delicate Ivy

Our delicate Ivy

Frida's daughters have decided that Hilda will be their new mommy. Hilda who adopted Alika and is Peanut's mommy, is only too pleased to accept her.

Frida’s daughters have decided that Hilda will be their new mommy. Hilda who adopted Alika and is Peanut’s mommy, is only too pleased to accept her.

Keriana's daughter Fiona

Keriana’s daughter Fiona

Hilda who is due to deliver within the next two weeks is with Peanut her daughter

Hilda who is due to deliver within the next two weeks is with Peanut her daughter

Hilda and her extended family

Hilda and her extended family; two new daughters, Pansy and Poppy

Keriana sharing a tender moment with her little daughter, Fiona

Keriana sharing a tender moment with her little daughter, Fiona

Look at Fiona's black stockings ! So cute !

Look at Fiona’s black stockings ! So cute !

Pip and Fiona play with a mommy in attendance

Pip and Fiona play with Alika close by

Fun on the imported rock pile

Fun on the imported rock pile We have a wonderful property, just no boulders or big rocks. Thanks to my husband  we have some imported into our enclosure. The goats love them. Wish we had more.

Petunia, one of our Pygmy ladies. She was found in the boy's enclosure back in June while I was away. We will see if she became pregnant in November

Petunia, one of our Pygmy ladies. She was found in the boy’s enclosure back in June while I was away. We will see if she became pregnant in November

Our Pumpkin with her slender neck and legs

Our Pumpkin with her slender neck and legs

More fun by the rocks

More fun by the rocks

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy and Little Surprise

It was a lovely day and a lovely sight to have all the goats out of the stable. I spent as much time as I could out with our little herd watching and listening. The sounds are so delightful and you never know what you will witness. Goats are so charming and beguiling and I always hate to be away from our goats here at Gullringstorp. I just hate to miss anything.

For the very first time in a very long time, I walked the corridor of our stable and it was so silent. There were no goats inside. they were all happily playing in the late summer sun at Gullringstorp. Talk about an empty nest!

We are keeping a close eye on Hilda who is due in the next 2 weeks. We will, of corse keep you updated. For now she is round, a bit slow and is doing well on the milk stand and enjoys going out, even when i am not sure she should be out. tis will be Hilda’s second delivery, here at Gullringstorp.


What’s New at Gullringstorp


Life on a farm can have its ups and downs. Anyone who has goats can tell you that. Actually, life on a farm can have its ups and downs, no matter what kind of animals you might have.  I have been on an emotional roller coaster since the first of December.  There are times when you can say, oh great, that worked. There are times when you try your best to hold in your emotions and not let those tears fall. Then there are those times when the tears just won’t stop. To balance all of that, there are the times when you just can’t contain your happiness.

I held my tears in while I watched my little girls Chiyoko and Nakoa as they were loaded on to the horse trailer.  The tears did fall and there was the inevitable, tugging at my heart. All of these emotions have balanced out with the news that my two little girls are happy in their new home and have adjusted well.

Chiyoko and Nakoa with their new friends in their new home

Chiyoko and Nakoa with their new friends in their new home

I'm not sure if they have the same names, so here are my little girls enjoying the outdoors in their new home

We are so very happy to see that my little girls are happy and enjoying their new home !

Ok so that has been a recent happy part of goat ownership. Sorry to say that the reality of farm life brings both happy times along with some sad times.

I had noticed some questionable behavior in Pumpkin’s box. I have seen some unkind treatment of little Rose. I just thought what I saw was temporary. Then 2 days ago, while checking the goats in the morning, I witnessed Pumpkin holding little Rose in a corner and ramming her. When I yelled to get her attention she released her , Rose moved her position then Pumpkin looked like she was trying to breed Rose. I just felt that was way too much for little Rose to have to endure. I made an executive decision to move little Rose to another box. This was not an emotional decision,  I felt it was in Rose’s best interest. I was thinking of her safety. Where is CPS or GPS when you need it???

Rose went into the box with the baby girls, Iris,Ivy and Petunia. They are smaller than Rose so I felt she would not be a threat. Well I was not correct about that. My cute little Iris became the  bully from hell !!  She attacked poor Rose, non stop. I rationalized that Rose could deal with this and it would not last for long. Rose is a sturdy strong little doeling who could take a bump or two from a tiny Pygmy doeling. This had to be better than a pounding from and adult goat , even if it were her mother.

Rose cried for 3 days. On the 4th day she was crying like a toddler with the sniffles and all. It was heartbreaking ! Had I made the correct decision? Was this really in the best interest of little Rose? I actually dreaded my trip to the stable and dreaded  opening the stable door to hear her sad cries. It affected my entire days and evenings. I was so depressed and sad. I held back my tears thinking this was something I had to do. That didn’t last, the flood gates eventually opened.

Rose was placed back in with her mother last night, after I realized that Pumpkin was in heat. Rose is happy again and Pumpkin is calm , once again. I was a wreck all night and couldn’t sleep imagining the worst. I couldn’t go in the stable this morning , so my husband went in to report back. Rose and Pumpkin were happy, still in bed sleeping close together. What fantastic news !!! Happiness again!!!

I will remove Rose from the box when Pumpkin is in heat again, next month.

Rose is a happy baby again !

Rose is a happy baby again !

Well if Rose and Pumpkin weren’t enough, there was more. Our little buckling Little Man has grown up.  He has grown up, way too fast! I have seen him trying to mount his sister, but that was, in the beginning, natural goat behavior. But when he started to mount Hilda his mother, that was not alright. So here I go again with the ideas. It was time to introduce Little Man to the other bucklings. So for 2 days he was put into their box to meet each other. Of course each time he was placed in the box, he cried. That was a natural response and I made sure he had either myself or my husband in the box with him. I felt that would help him feel a little safer. It felt too soon for him to have to move out from his box with Hilda and Peanut. The third  day was the charm, as they say. I noticed not only his “bucky” sounds had increased, but he was now urinating on his head ! Well, that was that! He was there to stay. My little boy has grown up , right before my very eyes. He was born August 8th 2011 and is no longer a baby!

Needless to say, he is not happy. Not at all! He cries himself till he’s hoarse. I feel really bad. I mean really bad. Can you imagine his crying along with pitiful little Rose’s cries on the other end of the stable. It was really just too much. I know I just have to wait it out and he will be fine soon.

All I have been able to think about is how lovely he looked laying with Hilda and Peanut, how he enjoyed playing with Peanut and how he enjoyed running and playing with all the babies in the corridor of the stable. All these visions made me really sad that all that is over. Ok, yes I cried, again ! I guess I am just a softy when it comes to my animals. I just hate to have them unhappy. It kills me because I feel I should be the one to make every aspect of their lives good. I know that’s not realistic, but that’s pitfall of being a “farm mother”.

I know Little Man will settle down and be just one of the boys, real soon!

Little Man playing with sister Peanut on one of his play visits out of the boy's box

Little Man playing with sister Peanut while on one of his play visits out of the boy's box

Little Man having fun on the milking stand

Little Man having fun on the milking stand

Little Man finds safety on the table top as Balder comes to meet him

Little Man finds safety on the table top as Balder comes to meet him

Little Man meets Baby Boy

Little Man meets Baby Boy

All that meet and greet made Balder thirsty

All that meeting the new buckling, made Balder thirsty

Baby Boy is also thirsty from his "meet & greet"

Baby Boy is also thirsty from his meeting with the new buckling!

Little Man's not so sure he wants to stay in with the other bucklings

Little Man's not so sure he wants to stay in with the other bucklings

This is a sad little buckling, really makes me feel sad looking at that little face!

This right here, is a sad little buckling. That little face made me want to cry!

The boys are more interested in the hay than their new friend

The boys are more interested in the hay than their new friend

Little Man started to get comfortable enough to enjoy some delicious hay

Little Man started to get comfortable enough to enjoy some delicious hay

Little Man is getting settled in his new home, the boy's box

Little Man is getting settled in his new home, the boy's box

I know Little man like all my little babies have to grow up. They are like my little flowers, I water them, feed them , talk to them and love them. They are bound to grow and flourish. They are supposed to. They are supposed to grow out of their little families and move on to become the goats they are meant to be. I know all of this, but let me tell you it’s not easy.

You need to know that I am the same mother who cried in broad daylight on  the Champs -Elysees.  My then 20 yr old daughter who was studying her 3rd year of University, in Paris, announced she was moving out. The tears could not be stopped. I know now, as I knew then,  that she would one day want and need her own place.  She didn’t move out the next day, it just was an eventuality that she was beginning to think about and I was trying not to think about, at the time. She still teases me to this day about my tears on one of Paris’ most famous streets.

My daughter also reminded me that Little Man has to grow up. She told me I had done what needed to be done. Through my silly tears, I agreed with her and my husband.

Little Man has grown up. He was such a cute little fellow:

Little Man is no longer a baby. He will soon be a grown buck

Little Man is no longer a baby. He will soon be a grown buck