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Happy Chickens and Roosters at Gullringstorp


Oh how our chickens and roosters are so happy that winter is over. They are enjoying being out of the hen house . Not only do they have their own yard to enjoy, but they also have recently been enjoying the back play yard with Pumpkin and her daughters. They are eating their grain, and whatever goodies I place on the “table”.  Eugene is our beautiful Brahma rooster, Bojangles is our Black Netherlands Whitehead rooster. Then there is our fluffy buff Orpington rooster with no name because we thought he was a hen for so long.They are so much fun to watch.

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Bojangels and his ladies

 

A curious hen

A curious Brahma hen peaks in the stable

Wonder what she's up to?

Wonder what she’s up to?

She found a comfy private place to lay an egg.

She found a comfy private place in the box to lay  her egg.

 

As you can see, Gullringstorp chickens and roosters enjoy the Spring/Summer and I enjoy watching them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Updates from the Nursery at Gullringstorp June 1, 2013


Our babies are growing bigger everyday and are just too cute for words. they are still allocated to the baby play yards, but will soon be ready to go into the large enclosure with all the other goats. In the meantime, its our job to make their play yard experience as fun as possible. Because our mothers are unable to browse or graze, I need to forage for them and bring them all back buckets of yummy greens. They get their greens either outside of their boxes or in, all depending where they are when I decide to go foraging.

We have had a major change and I am so very happy with the success of it. I have moved Rose out from her box and into Nanna’s. This way Pumpkin and her two long-legged baby girls can enjoy the entire box. The fence is down! What’s even better is that this is the only goat that Nanna has accepted into her little private suite. Nanna always gives the impression that she is happy alone in her box but I also have gotten the feeling from time to time that she needed company. We have tried several different combinations and in the end Nanna was never happy with any of my choices. Nanna and Rose are doing so well together and it’s been a week now. I am so happy! Pumpkin and  her daughters Violet and Willow are really enjoying the extra room in their box.

Our babies have even been introduced to each other, under supervision. I have no issues with the babies, but the mothers are not ready to be nice to the other babies or mothers yet. It will come. Anyway, the babies were happy to see and meet other babies.

I am so pleased with the development of out wee ones. They are growing and inquisitive just as they should be. All are happy and energetic.

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy fresh picked greens

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy fresh picked greens

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Pumpkin

Poppy, Pansy and little Lilly enjoy fresh greens

Poppy, Pansy and little Lilly enjoy fresh greens

Huckelberry and Lilly play while mommies eat

Huckleberry and Lilly play while mommies eat

Huckleberry enjoys greens with mommy Poppy

Huckleberry enjoys greens with mommy Poppy

Sisters Poppy and Pansy

Sisters,  Poppy and Pansy share the dandelion greens

the babies find the bucket of greens interesting

The babies find the bucket of greens interesting

Little Lilly leaping of the stable door

Little Lilly leaping of the stable door

Goats are not known for neat eating

Goats are not known for neat eating

Time for a rest

Time for a rest

What a sweet face you have little Lilly

What a sweet face you have little Lilly

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy walking in the chicken yard

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy walking in the chicken yard

Poppy, Pansy and babies get the front yard for awhile

Poppy, Pansy and babies get the front yard for a while

Fun in the fresh air

Fun in the fresh air

Huckleberry is having a fine time

Huckleberry is having a fine time

The families always have access to the inside of the stable incase they need to be inside

The families always have access to the inside of the stable incase they need to be inside

Hej Huckleberry

Hej Huckleberry

Hej !

Hej !

Another resting baby

Another resting baby

Blossom and Florian taking a break

Blossom and Florian taking a break

Pumpkin gets fresh greens for dinner in her box

Pumpkin gets fresh greens for dinner in her box

Iris and her babies enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Iris and her babies enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Poppy and Pansy enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Poppy and Pansy enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Our boys are enjoying the fresh air and fresh greens

Our boys are enjoying the fresh air and fresh grass

Nanna's body language tells ne that she is happy with her new room mate, Rosie

Nanna’s body language tells me that she is happy with her new room mate, Rosie

Rosie is enjoying her new home and that ledge is so fun

Rosie is enjoying her new home and that ledge is so fun

Nanna and Rosie are happy together

Nanna and Rosie are happy together

Nanna does this when she is happy!

Nanna does this when she is happy!

Here two of the babies meet each other for the first time

Here two of the babies meet each other for the first time

Pansy and little Lilly look on from a safe place

Pansy and little Lilly look on from a safe place

Poppy, Pansy and their babies visit Iris and her babies

Poppy, Pansy and their babies visit Iris and her babies

The babies can visit safely with the fence up

The babies can visit safely with the fence up

Curious babies

Curious babies

Huckleberry meets Florian

Lilly meets Florian

Huckleberry meets Blossom

Huckleberry meets Blossom

Pumpkin gets extra food. It's takling a lot out of her to produce milk for 2 hungry babies

Pumpkin gets extra food. It’s takling a lot out of her to produce milk for 2 hungry babies. She has a thin frame but she began to feel a bit too thin. the vet said to just feed her more. No problem, more grain, hay, fruit and veggies and fresh picked greens.

Leif chopped a nice branch with tender baby shoots to add to her meal

Leif chopped a nice branch with tender baby shoots to add to her meal

Pansy resting with little Liily behind her

Pansy resting with little Lilly behind her

Welcome back for m,ore updates from Gullringstorp!


Sun and Heat at Gullringstorp


After winter temperatures, we had a day when the sun came out and boy did it come out. I had rotated mommies and babies and for some time I had Poppy, Pansy and their babies out in the front yard. When they went out, we were still over cast with clouds and it felt like rain. I had no worry about sun. I came out to do my regular check in and saw the ladies resting against the wall with the babies. They looked idyllic, until I took a closer look. Pansy was breathing really hard and I got really worried. I immediately took them all inside the cool stable. Once in their boxes I examined them all very closely. Poppy was panting slightly, but Pansy was really panting hard. When you have goats or any animal for that manner, you have to think on your feet. there is no time to run into the house to check your books; you have to use your head and any previous experience, fast. Cold water!!! Ok I know goats don’t like getting wet but I didn’t care. Cold water was the answer. First on her cheeks , then her neck, then on the rump. She loved it and waited for more. Then of course the cold water bucket held up to her where she stood. I did all I felt was needed to cool my dear Pansy down. It worked. Two cooling down session 15 minutes apart did the trick. We have a shelter wall to protect our goats from the sun, but it’s being used as a fence in Pumpkin’s box, temporarily. Leif will have to find another way to separate her box and place that sun shelter back where it belongs. The sun snuck up on us all and I was not prepared and the sun in Sweden is HOT, even 10 minutes of it. Pansy is fine and so is little Lilly!

 

Pansy and little Lilly

Pansy and little Lilly

We took the board away from Pumpkin's box abd iut became our sun shelter in the front bay yard

We took the board away from Pumpkin’s box and it became our sun shelter in the front bay yard

This was only possible because of a wonderful development in Poppy and Pansy’s box. Because they are sisters and because they have been out together in the stable corridor with their babies, they have a great tolerance of each other. their separating fence came down and was moved to Pumpkin’s box. Pumpkin is still not very calm with having others near her babies except us.

Now there is a new fence up ion Pumpkin's box and we can see her and her babies Violet and Willow

Now there is a new fence up ion Pumpkin’s box and we can see her and her babies Violet and Willow

Meanwhile, it is a real delight watching Poppy Pansy and their little ones, Lilly and Huckleberry in peaceful coexistence.

They have even changed sides of the box. Pansy is enjoying the little nook with Lilly safely tucked away and Poppy is where Pansy used to be as her son Hukcelberry is so re

They have even changed sides of the box. Pansy is enjoying the little nook with Lilly safely tucked away  under her chin while  Poppy is where Pansy used to be as her son huckleberry is so relaxed

With our sun and heat worry over, the clouds and rain have come back. Oh well, we are ready for the next time the Arctic sun shines again.

 


More Updates From the Nursery Ward at Gullringstorp May 2


How are our   new babies and new mommies? Everyone is happy and healthy:

Pumpkin's daughter born with an under-turned little foot has had a splint on for a few days. i took it off today and she seems to be fine.

Pumpkin’s daughter born with an under-turned little foot has had a splint on for a few days. i took it off today and she seems to be fine.

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WE have a removeable opening between boxes so I can enter Pumpkin's box from Poppy and Pansy's box

We have a removable opening between boxes so I can enter Pumpkin’s box from Poppy and Pansy’s box

The boards can be removed , set to the side and i can climb into Pumpkin's box from Poppy's

The boards between boxes can be removed, set aside and I can climb into Pumpkin’s box from Poppy’s

 

Poppy and her son:

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I apologize for the lighting in these videos, not very much natural light available in this box.

 

Pansy is a very fine mother and her little baby girl Lilly is doing wonderful! :

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Iris and her new daughter and son

While her roommates, Petunia, ivy and Surprise are out in the enclosure, I have opened the barrier so they can play in the entire box:

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As you can see, all our new babies are doing so well. So far, only one baby has been named; that baby is Pansy’s little girl. For some reason, she looked like a Lilly from the very first day. Names will come for the others.

We are still waiting for Peanut to deliver. She was bred once but went into heat again so she was bred a second time. We have hot seen another heat but she has not delivered.

Was she successfully bred or not? that is the question. Hummmmm

Welcome back for updates from our Maternity Ward with only one doe left, Peanut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Updates From the Maternity and Nursery Wards at Gullringstorp May 1


Oh my, what can I say? Our stable here at Gullringstorp is alive with the sounds tiny hooves and sweet sounds from our new babies.

I had a shock last evening on my evening rounds to feed and get everyone ready for bed. When I entered the stable, the very first box holds our first mother to deliver, Iris with her little girl and boy. One peak in said it all; the babies were happy, running and hopping all over the box. Next box, Peanut was relaxing with her mommy Hilda. No baby has come yet, still waiting. All the while I was hearing a sound that I was not so sure was Poppy chatting with her baby boy. I knew it wasn’t Pumpkin, I recognize all their voices. As I peaked in to say hej to Pansy and look through the fence to check on Poppy and her son, I noticed a different look on Pansy’s face as she looked up at me. She looked like, “well…?”I looked down and saw a baby snuggled up against her box door. First thought, Oh no Poppy’s boy got through the barrier ! Then I was afraid that Pansy might injure this little baby. Oh my heart was beating so fast , I can’t tell you. then all of a sudden, Poppy’s baby boy hopped out into view just where he was supposed to be, on his side of the barrier with his mommy, safe and sound.

After the shock wore off and Leif had arrived and we enjoyed the new baby, I continued my trip down the stable and Pumpkin and her daughters were doing very well. Rose was getting more and more used to the barrier. the second half of our stable is now known as the low maintenance wing. Nanna was in heat , but no problem with that, just loud, the boys were out of hay, not at all unusual, Alika, Keriana and her daughter Fiona were just waiting for their dinner. I asked Leif to stay and keep a close eye on baby Lilly and mommy while I took care of the rest.

Pansy had a baby approximately 6:30 pm April 30, 2013 !

Pansy showed absolutely no signs she was going into labor so in between our checks on the goats throughout the day, she decided to have a baby. Her baby was still wet and she was busy cleaning up the after birth. Of course I went to the stable without my camera. Once I caught my breath, I ran back to the house to grab my camera. When I returned, I panicked. The baby was laying flat as a pancake while Pansy was frantically licking the baby. I was so afraid that the baby hadn’t made it. I was alone so I called my husband in the house. In the meanwhile, I couldn’t wait for him so I went in and lifted up that tiny head and up the baby got. Oh be still my heart. this baby was up on those tiny legs and began talking to mommy. By t he time Leif made it down to the stable the baby was actually walking around and exploring . When I aroused the baby, I picked the baby up and did a quick inspection. A GIRL !!!!! Oh happy day! I named her right away.

Meet Lilly and happy proud mother Pansy:

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Pansy is as wonderful mother as was her own, Frida. She and Poppy had the best teacher there could possibly be.

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You can see Poppy loving her little boy in the other half of the box as Pansy tends to her new daughter

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Looking so cute Lilly!

Baby knew there was milk somewhere, but couldn't find it  or just hadn't yet

Baby knew there was milk somewhere, but couldn’t find it or just hadn’t yet

Pansy's mouth was constantly going, either chatting or cleaning her baby

Pansy’s mouth was constantly going, either chatting or cleaning her baby

Happy Birthday Lilly !

Happy Birthday Lilly !

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Lilly waits while mommy continues to clean up all evidence of a birth. She even cleaned the blood of the boards on the side of the box

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Constant licking dries the baby quite quickly. Good thing because even though it’s Spring, we have winter temperatures during the evenings and nights

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Lilly decides to take a walk as mommy calls to her

Pansy gets the Gullringstorp birthing molasses and chopped veggies and fruit

An exhausted Pansy gets the Gullringstorp birthing molasses and warm water with chopped veggies and fruit. Baby takes a well deserved rest

After some time, Lilly found the milk store had a drink or two and was looking stronger.

After some time, Lilly found the milk store had a drink or two and was looking stronger.

Lilly is so beautiful with coloring from her father Balder and she's a large baby that she got from her mommy.

Lilly is so beautiful with coloring from her father Balder and she’s a large baby that she got from her mommy.

I went to bed last night with joy and trepidation in my heart. I hoped that what I saw in Lilly and her mother was just temporary. I was so afraid that we had a weak baby and a mother who may not have survived her delivery. I woke up this morning and sat on the edge of my bed a bit terrified to dress and make my way top the stable. For the first time, I was actually afraid of what I might find.

We are still blessed…. Lilly was fine and happy this morning as was her beautiful loving mother Pansy.

Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of my heart…


Updates from the Nursery at Gullringstorp and a bit More


I am so very happy to report that all the babies and new mommies are doing well here at Gullringstorp!

Iris’ little ones are so cute and bouncy and so curious. They eat well, plenty of mommy’s milk and starting to nibble on the hay. They watch mommy and try to do as she does. Iris is a surprise to us both; this wild child has become a wonderful first time mother . I am so proud of her.

Iris and her babies

Iris and her babies

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Poppy is a wonderful mother as was her own mother, Frida. She is all about her little son and always keeps him under her chin as she rests and he naps. She is constantly chatting to him and licking him all over, even while he sleeps. I am so pleased to see her as great a first time mother as Frida. She had an excellent teacher. Both Poppy and her sister Pansy miss their mother so much, it is evident in their eyes since they lost her. I am so glad they will have their new babies to keep them occupied and happier than I could ever have made them. We are still waiting for Pansy to deliver. Soon we hope.

A rare photo of Poppy's son . He is usually tucked up nice and cozy under mommy's chin

A rare photo of Poppy’s son . He is usually tucked up nice and cozy under mommy’s chin

Pumpkin is doing as well as always with her two daughters. She is a joy to watch as she tends to each little girl with lots of love and conversation.  The girls are flourishing in her loving care. Even our little one with the foot issue. She is bouncing around her space and jumping everywhere. We appear to have two healthy little babies and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that the little foot will be the only issue we and Pumpkin have to face.

Pumpkin has a very lovely  udder and her teats are just the right size for her tiny babies

Pumpkin has a very lovely udder and her teats are just the right size for her tiny babies

This is our little one with a splint on her leg

This is our little one with a splint on her leg. She is getting around just fine.

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As with all the new mothers, we have had to place up fences or barriers to keep the other goats away while they bond with their new babies. Pumpkin was no different. As much as Pumpkin loves her adult daughter Rose, she is a new mother and as such is very protective. There was need to take risks that Rose might hurt the babies or Pumpkin become angry with her daughter Rose. I hated to ask Leif after many hours spent cleaning out the boy’s box and stable of old straw, to help and put up a barrier in Pumpkin’s box before we brought the goats in for the evening. He wasn’t happy, I know because he was tired, but we had no choice. It would make Pumpkin feel safe with her babies but it would not be fun for Rose and it wasn’t when she was brought in. She will get used to it. She has already broken down the door area so she can see her mommy. I just think that she gets instructions from Pumpkin to stay put on her side of the fence. So far, so good. She will soon become used to it and won’t be so upset as long as she can see Pumpkin and talk with her.

We had run out of see through metal fenceing that would fit in the boxes so we used the sunscreen board from the front bayby pölay yard. No one is out yet and there is no sun. I don't really like it but it's temporary

We had run out of see through metal fencing that would fit in the boxes so we used the sunscreen board from the front baby play yard. No one is out there yet and there is no sun. I don’t really like it but it’s temporary

Leif has been busy with other things as well here at Gullringstorp. We are always fixing and repairing after the winter and oddly enough we are preparing now for the next winter. We have a furnace in the basement where a lot of firewood is brought in from the outdoor storage and burned to heat the entire house including the water:

WE have purchased wood already chopped for our home the past winters, but this winter my husband chosse to buy logs and cleave them himself; more cost efficient and I think fun for him

We usually  purchased wood that has already been chopped for our home the past winters, but this winter my husband decided to buy logs and cleave them himself; more cost efficient and I think fun for him

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Our intire home is heated and so is our water, from these wood chunks being burned in our furnace

These logs will remain in our outdoor storage area to dry out before being brought inside to the basement storage and held there for future use..

I hope you have enjoyed some of the updates from Gullringstorp.

 

 

 


What’s Happening With the Goats Today at Gullringstorp ?


After a couple of days of wind, snow and rain, the goats were let out this morning. the conditions were not ideal but our goats were getting cabin fever. You can always tell on morning rounds just what the mood is when you enter the stable.We have most of the girls in the first section of the stable so when you enter there, quite often the ladies are all still “in bed”. They look so cute all snuggled up together. There are two to a box except our  4 tiniest ladies share a very large box.

Entering the next section of the stable is another story completely. We have had the occasion to enter and fine everyone still “in bed”. But usually as I stop and say good morning Pumpkin and Rose who are in the last box in the first section, I can hear the commotion in the next section of the stable. Nanna, if not in heat is usually relaxing on her “perch”. The boys have been “in bed” on some mornings but that is not always the case. Like this morning, they were up and spunky! Alika is head butting her door making quite a noise.

After all my mothers to-be , have been on the Milk Stand, Max our dog and I go out and walk the enclosure to access the condition after the last two days. It is still wet in some sections, but overall it would not be a day that the goats were forced to remain indoors. I grab my wheel barrel and Max and start to fill the boys hay rack and then take the boys out first. Boy are they ever happy to be out. I just hope it doesn’t rain. But if it does, we have two wonderful deep outdoor shelters for all the goats to get in and stay out of the rain. Most of my goats do not like the rain. Fingers crossed. There was a time in our goat raising that we would run out of the house at the first drop of rain and run the goats in. I soon realized that our goats cold withstand the elements to a degree and they did have more than adequate shelter from the elements.

The girls were also eager to be outside. They ran for the enclosure while kicking up their cute little heels! It’s always a sight that gives me immense pleasure.

Remember when it was time to place my two little boys in with the big boys and I was so upset?

Here they were as bucklings just before they made the transition:

My husband with little Phillip

My husband with little Phillip

My husband with little Winston

My husband with little Winston

Now by little babies are no longer bucklings,, they are bucks ready to spar at any given moment for dominance :

Phillip

Phillip

Winston

Winston

I led the boys over to their new hay rack and they followed like little I was the pied piper.

I led the boys over to their new hay rack and they followed like little I was the pied piper.

Some stand like little gentlemen and others just dive in

Some stand at the hay rack like little gentlemen and others just dive in

Just look how our little Winston has grown...

Just look how our little Winston has grown…

Phillip was thirsty so he left his palls eating

Phillip was thirsty so he left his palls eating

It wasn't long before his pals came to join him. Everyone was thirsty , all of a sudden

It wasn’t long before his pals came to join him. Everyone was thirsty , all of a sudden

Pip,, Toby and Balder wait patiently  for their turn

Pip,, Toby and Balder wait patiently for their turn

The boys settled in and enjoyed being outside. The girls soon followed:

Mother - to -be Iris found a place to enjoy her hay

Mother-to be Iris, found a place to enjoy her hay

As you can see there is no grass anywhere, yet. our enclosure is as baren as the surrounding feilds

As you can see there is no grass anywhere, yet. Our enclosure is as barren as the surrounding fields so there is no grazing for our goats. The hay is important

My husband was trying to see if the outdoor hose was able to be used yeet...unfortunatelky, it is sill frozen somewhere on the line. All the girls are interested in what he is doing.

My husband was trying to see if the outdoor hose was able to be used yet…unfortunately, it is still frozen somewhere on the line. All the girls are interested in what he is doing.

Keriana's fur is taking a dramatic turn in looks, color and texture. She is a mixed breed goat with mother Frida a full bred Nigerian Dwarf and her father Julius was a white pure bred Swedish Lantras goat.

Keriana’s fur is taking a dramatic turn in looks, color and texture. She is a mixed breed goat with mother Frida a full bred Nigerian Dwarf and her father Julius was a white pure bred Swedish Lantras goat. At 4 yrs old, my black goat is now a fluffy grey goat resembling a Black-Faced sheep.

Mother-to-be Pumpkin is happy to be outside

Mother-to-be Pumpkin is happy to be outside

Sorry, just had to get another shot of Kerinaäs fluffy new coat with the silky black strip running down her spine

Sorry, just had to get another shot of Keriana’s fluffy new coat with the silky black strip running down her spine, black face and stockings

Mother-to-be Iris looking just as she should

Mother-to-be Iris looking just as she should, round and full of babies. We think she will either have a very large baby or twins

We are continually making improvements around Gullringstorp and many of them are goat related. One of the biggest issues facing goat owners is wasted hay supplies. So often it falls through large hay racks that have large openings between the bars. You see, they don’t make hay racks for these small livestock. All of us have to improvise or try at building our own. We have a two-sided wooden rack that Leif built that fits one in Pumpkin and Rose’s box and the other side fits the sister’s Pansy and Poppy’s box. They have been working well except some waste in the sister’s box. The boys have the conventional horse hay rack  which works fine ever since Leif had some bars welded on to help keep the hay in. That was a good idea. The problem in  this box is 7 bucks. They can’t all eat at one hay rack and I don’t like to make situations that could prove volatile. So we tried horse hay bags. They worked fine for a while until the boys decided to sharpen their horns on them and rip them causing the hay to fall out. Alika, Keriana and Fiona have bags; they are not without their issues. Alika’s is always turned around. You see there is a nice round opening for the goat to stick their nose in to eat. This means she has to stand up and stick her head in from the top and eat. Keriana and her daughter Fiona have ripped he side of their bag loosing hay .

We bought 5 new hay racks and my husband has welded the bars on all of them. We won’t be placing them in the boxes until the weather gets better and our road gets better to be able to drive the tractor with the hay from the boxes. They still have the winter full level of hay and straw that keeps the goats warm during the winter. With the level up so high we can’t place them in till  the level is where it should be, much lower.

New hay racks for the boxes in the stable

New hay racks for the boxes in the stable

These hay racks are quite large but if you look closely you can see where my husband welded on additional bars

These hay racks are quite large but if you look closely you can see where my husband welded on additional bars

These hay racks are not complete yet. There will be a fencing material with smaller openings fit inside each rack. These are just the beginning of repairs and improvements that will need to be done here at Gullringstorp after the long cold winter.


Updates From the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp 2013


With a bit of disappointment I must report that our little Iris did not have her babies last night. It just goes to show you, no matter how you may want babies to be born, they will always come when they are ready .

We checked Iris several times last night and again this morning. I can say that she is due quite soon, just when, only Mother Nature knows for certain.

We had yet another lovely Spring day and all our goats were out till nearly 8 pm this evening.

Here are our mothers-to-be :

Iris

There's that beautiful Baby Bump

There’s that beautiful Baby Bump

Iris enjoying some hay with her sister

Iris enjoying some hay with her sister

Smile for the camera Iris !

Smile for the camera Iris !

That tummy can't get any rounder

That tummy can’t get any rounder

Another view of our Iris and her Baby Bump

Another view of our Iris and her Baby Bump

Iris is so big , she seems a bit  uncomfortable

Iris is so big, she seems a bit uncomfortable

Pumpkin

This is Pumpkins second pregnancy at Gullringstorp and she like to lay down a lot inside or out

This is Pumpkins second pregnancy at Gullringstorp and she like to lay down a lot inside or out

Pumpkin resting but keeping a close eye on her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin resting but keeping a close eye on her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin having a hay snack with Rose

Pumpkin having a hay snack with Rose

Peanut

Peanut, our mystery mother-to-be-maybe. She has been bred but  came into heat at least once, so we are not  completely sure she is pregnant

Peanut, our mystery mother-to-be-maybe. She has been bred but came into heat at least once, so we are not completely sure she is pregnant

Pansy

Pansy is very much like her mother Frida and not showing very much

Pansy is very much like her mother Frida and not showing very much

Poppy

Poppy,, Pansy's sister enjoying some hay

Poppy, Pansy’s sister enjoying some hay

Here are four of our five mothers-to-be :

Poppy, Iris, Pansy and Pumpkin

Poppy, Iris, Pansy and Pumpkin with her daughter Rose. Peanut is not in this photo

I will keep you updated with post from the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp and share all the news.

Sorry no babies yet, but, they are coming!!


Who Let the Goats Out????


As cold as it was last night, the sun was even warmer in the early morning hours. The sun melted enough of the snow in the goat’s enclosure that they were able to go out!

Oh happy day!!!!

My husband took the lead with Pumpkin so I could take up the rear and collect any curious goats wandering the wrong direction

My husband took the lead with Pumpkin so I could take up the rear and collect any curious goats wandering the wrong direction

ILook at the driveway,, no snow!

Look at the driveway, no snow! Oh dear two playful little girls on the right.

They were more orderly than I had expected

They were more orderly than I had expected

A quick count and they are all in!

A quick count and they are all in!

Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become

Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become

Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun

Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun

 

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Poppy and Iris in the rear

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Rose, Pumpkin and Poppy  my beautiful Black and White goats

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Iris, Pansy, Poppy, Hilda and Peanut in the back

Petunia, Pansy and Poppy

Petunia, Rose and Pumpkin

Rose

After the initial excitement of being out calms down, the goats will break up into little groups. They will be paired off mother and daughter or box partners.  Here we have  Pumpkin with  her daughter Rose right behind her and Hilda with her daughter Peanut

Nanna

Nanna

Rose

Rose

Peanut and Hilda

Peanut and Hilda

Ivy and her daughter Surprise

Ivy and her daughter Surprise

Nanna

Ivy, Nanna and baby Surprise

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Poppy, Pansy with Hilda and Peanut

Pumpkin and Petunia

Pumpkin and Petunia

Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle

Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle

Eyeball to eyeball, hummm

The all important stare down

Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two

Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two

Pansy and Poppy

Pansy and Poppy

Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump

Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump and cute little teats showing

Peanut showing some baby bump

Peanut showing some baby bump

Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose

Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose

Pansy calling for her sister Poppy

Pansy calling for her sister Poppy

My little goat clump

My little goat clump

Pumpkin just enjoying the day

Pumpkin just enjoying the day

 

Pumpkin playing

Pumpkin playing

My little goat clump

My little goat clump

Nanna

Nanna

 

As the goats enjoyed their day out after so long in the stables, we released the chickens :

 

 

Happy chickens

Eugene is happy and crows to let everyone know it!

Eugene is happy and did a lot of crowing to let everyone know it!

All our hens came out to explore

All our hens came out to explore

It was a lovely day for everyone, goats, hens and us! Spring is trying so very hard to make an appearance here at Gullringstorp.


Milk Stand Training Day 3 and 4 at Gullringstorp


I know I said that I would just do up to Day 3 but I just had to include Day 4. There has  been much improvement  from Day 1 till Day 4. These improvements need recognition. My does are quick learners and are becoming more and more accustomed to their new routine. I am so proud of them.

Pumpkin now walks very close to my side as we head toward the Milk Stand and hops up directly with ease. She still has a bit of trouble placing her head in the correct place; she gets a little help from me. Once she is in and secured. she stands well and enjoy her breakfast. She has also enjoyed being brushed to help release her winter wool. She has a beautiful shiny black and silver coat with bright white spots.

Pumpkin with her beautiful shiny fur shining after a good  briúshing to remove the winter wool

Pumpkin with her beautiful shiny fur shining after a good brushing to remove the winter wool

 

 

Leif put up anothr guard rail on the rigt hand side of the Stand to protect slipping

Rose is always close to her mother Pumpkin

Rose is always close to her mother Pumpkin

 

 

We at Gullringstorp as well as at Li'l lSis Goat Milk Soap believe in Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here is the collected wool from Pumpkin. It will be Recycled and Reused as nesting materials for our birds that live here at Gullringstorp

We at Gullringstorp as well as at Li’l l Sis Goat Milk Soap believe in Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here is the collected wool from Pumpkin. It will be Recycled and Reused as nesting materials for our birds that live here at Gullringstorp

 

Pansy and her sister Poppy are doing much better. Pansy goes first on the leash and is walking much calmer with me. She goes up on the Stand with ease now and places her head in with no problem. Pansy goes first while her sister enjoys a taste from the grain bowl. When it’s poppy’s turn, Pansy stands beside her . They have a loving relationship. I am so happy that they have each other and always will.

Pansy looks really beautiful

Pansy looks really beautiful

Pansy is doing so well, so quickly

Pansy is doing so well, so quickly

Peanut missed the first day of Milk Stand training, but has really learned quickly what is expected of her. I don’t use the leash , just hold her collar and she walks with me as I speak calmly to her. Her mother Hilda stays close to her. Just as I would never separate Pansy and Poppy , I will not separate Peanut from her mother Hilda.Peanut stands well on the stand and enjoys her breakfast. Hilda stays close to her. It works out just fine.

Peanut with her mother Hilda near by

Peanut with her mother Hilda near by

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Gentle Peanut on the Stand

Gentle Peanut on the Stand

Iris was my problem doe in the beginning, but now she walks calmly to the Stand and remembers exactly what to do. I am so proud of my unruly child. She stands really nicely.

Iris really has a noticeable baby bump

Iris really has a noticeable baby bump

Iris

Iris

 

We are all holding our thumbs, (crossing our fingers) that Spring finally arrives and melts all the snow. We are quite ready for the day when we can release our goats into the enclosure .  They have been in  the stable since October! Time to come out and play. But not yet:

The fields suriunding Gullringstorp are slowly thawing , but not the goat enclosure:

The fields surrounding Gullringstorp are slowly thawing , but not the goat enclosure

The sun shines on the remaining snow

The sun shines on the remaining snow

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As a result of the frigid night temperatures, we have frozen pipe section in the stable. Our water hasn’t frozen so we can still get water for the goats but the drain pipes have frozen so my husband has improvised , just a bit.

A section of the drain pipe showing the blockage , frozen solid.

A section of the drain pipe showing the blockage , frozen solid.

My husband cut the piping where it was not frozen and plced the bucket there to collect the drainage. Once Spring comes and melts the ice in the pips that go outside the stable, he can replace the cut portion and we will have proper drainage.

My husband cut the piping where it was not frozen and placed the bucket there to collect the drainage. Once Spring comes and melts the ice in the pipes that go all the way outside the stable, he can replace the cut portion and we will have proper drainage.

Here are a few photos of our Milk Stand and just how it functions. We do all we can to make sure our does are comfortable and not afraid of the process:

 

This is where the goat will slip her head

 

This is where the goat will slip her head
This is hoe it looks when it is secured around the goat's neck

This is the way it looks when it is secured around the goat’s neck.  Only one of the bars moves toward the goat and comfortably secures her head in.

This is the simple closure at the top.

This is the simple closure at the top. the chain is never touched until the goat’s head is in place. If touched too early in the process, they can get spooked.

Once our ladies are comfortably in the head piece, she can begin to enjoy a nice bowl of grain

Once our ladies are comfortably in the head-piece, she can begin to enjoy a nice bowl of grain

All our pregnant does are doing very well and we can hardly wait for our new babies to come.

 


Milk Stand Training Day 2, March 23rd at Gullringstorp


March 22nd was the first day of Milk Stand training for my does who are expecting. It went exactly as I had expected.  I expected that Pumpkin would resist when she realized she wasn’t leading the herd out to the enclosure. She did just that.

Our sisters Pansy and Poppy can never be separated, this was no exception. As long as they were together and could see each other, they were fine.

Iris was the biggest surprise. She has a bit of history that needs to be explained. She was born at the same farm as our other Pygmy goats. At this particular farm , they do not believe in hands on especially with the babies, so they are not socialized at all. They all arrive at Gullringstorp very timid and it has taken a couple of years to gain their trust. Iris is a bit of a special case. Someone bought her mother at the same time that Iris was nursing. This meant that Iris had to move with her mother until she was ready to come to us at Gullringstorp. Her second mother absolutely spoiled her. Not so sure what she did, but Iris is pushy and expects to be first all the time. It has taken us nearly 2 years to try to calm her down. She will rush in front of the others for grain or even jump into the bucket of hay when I bring hay in her box. She is learning  to be a bit more kind and not so pushy. I love Iris , but oh my goodness, sometimes she can be a handful.

Our problem with Iris is the leash. When she is on it she decided  she would crawl through the stable , past 5 boxes toward the Milk Stand. Once we arrive at the Milk Stand, she decides to crawl up. I look forward to the day Iris actually walks up the ramp on all 4 cute little feet. Once she is on the stand she is just fine.

Since I am still getting stronger every day from the flu, I had our ladies on the stand just inn the mornings, for now. I will soon be up to full speed and then the ladies will have both breakfast and dinner on the Milk Stand. Because they are not really that comfortable on the Milk Stand yet, I do put grain in their boxes after they have been on the Stand. As they become more accustomed to the routine, they will only have grain on the Milk Stand. It takes time and I will give them the time they need.

We have one young lady  who was bred the same time the others were, but went into heat the very next month. I have been under the assumption that her breeding was not successful. With all that down time in bed with the flu, it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard her in heat again after that. So….Peanut went on the Milk Stand this morning. She was accompanied for a short while by her mother Hilda.

You probably never imagined that someone could write so much about Milk Stand training. Well it might just be me , but then again, I don’t think so. Goat owners are always so fanatical about their beloved goats. I am just no different.

Here is Day 2  March 23rd of Milk Stand training:

Pumpkin had her daughter there again for reassurance. I think, or was it just for the grain?

Pumpkin had her daughter there again for reassurance. I think, or was it just for the grain?

Pumpkin was comfortable enoh to actually start eating her breakfast.

Pumpkin was comfortable enough to actually start eating her breakfast. She had fun with her daughter Rose playing with her.

As you can see, Pumpkin was much more relaxed on her second day on the Milk Stand

As you can see, Pumpkin was much more relaxed on her second day on the Milk Stand

Pansy was first on the stand yesterday. Her sisiter Poppy joined her and enjoyed some grain also

Pansy was first on the stand yesterday. Her sister Poppy joined her and enjoyed some grain also

Here we can see Pansy's baby bump.

Here we can see Pansy’s baby bump.

My sweet Pansy still has saddness in her eyes since she lost her mother Frida, one years ago. I give her lots of love.

My sweet Pansy, I can  still see sadness in her eyes since she lost her mother Frida, one year ago. I give her lots of love.

Here is a great way to see Poppy's baby bump

Here is a great way to see Poppy’s baby bump

Pansy stays close to her sister  Poppy while she is on the Milk Stand.

Pansy stays close to her sister Poppy while she is on the Milk Stand.

Pansy walked away for a moment and Poppy was not too happy

Pansy walked away for a moment and Poppy was not too happy

Poppy was not happy at all when here sister Pansy was not nearby

Poppy was not happy at all when here sister Pansy was not nearby

This is Peanut. We bred her with all the other ladies, but she did come back into heat on month after the breeding. We just assumed that her breeding was not successful. Now I am rethinking that. She seems to be growing and I have not heard her in heat since.

This is Peanut. We bred her with all the other ladies, but she did come back into heat on month after the breeding. We just assumed that her breeding was not successful. Now I am rethinking that. She seems to be growing and I have not heard her in heat since.

Penut was not talking to me, she was talking to her mother Hilda who was in the grain room eating hay

Peanut was not talking to me, she was talking to her mother Hilda who was in the grain room eating hay

Peanut did very well for her first time on the Milk Stand. She ssettled down and ate her breakfast

Peanut did very well for her first time on the Milk Stand. She settled down and ate her breakfast

Peanut is a gentle and very sweet goat , just like her mother.

Peanut is a gentle and very sweet goat , just like her mother.

Peanut has such beautiful eyes and a sweet expression. Can you see it?

Peanut has such beautiful eyes and a sweet expression. Can you see it?

Iris was still a bit unhappy on the leash I had to use to direct her  to the Milk Stand. She took her time as she crawed on her front legs and finally made her way onto the Milk Stand. She is fine once she gets ther, it's just getting her there.

Iris was still a bit unhappy on the leash I had to use to direct her to the Milk Stand. She took her time as she crawled on her front legs and finally made her way onto the Milk Stand. She is fine once she gets to the Milk Stand,  it’s just getting her there.

I must tell you that when my goats are out of their boxes for indoor activities due to weather conditions, each and every one of them finds their way onto the Milk Stand. The difference here is that they are being directed there. they are all familiar with it and know that there is grain in the bucket. They willingly slip their heads through the opening and enjoy the grain at their leisure.

To have me come into their box with a leash is not acceptable to any of the goats except Pumpkin who leads our herd our to the enclosure. She is quite comfortable with the leash; in fact, she has her very own leash, a powder blue one and that’s the one she expects.

It’s all about repetition and consistency. Goats thrive on consistency ,  so it is up to me to continue with them.

I will post Day 3 then I will return when they have mastered the Milk Stand. the idea is that I will one day not need to use a leash. I will only need to open t heir box and they will run straight to the Milk Stand and place their head in to be secured in place. This will happen. I have done it before so I know it will happen. I will return when  they are at that point. It will be a pleasure to post on their success.


Time for Milk Stand Training at Gullringstorp


After being sick for so long, many of my daily chores here at Gullringstorp have been passed on to my husband. I have been taking care of all the animals in the house and small tasks. I am happy to know that the goats have been so well taken care of by my husband, in my absence.

Last night I struggled with the fact that my pregnant ladies should have already started their Milk Stand training. I could not decide if I should start this morning or wait till Monday . Well I decided that this would be the morning I would start.

We bred 5 does but I have a big question mark over one young lady, Peanut. shortly after she was bred, I did witness what I thought was a heat.   We just need to keep an eye on her. I think I may start her on the stand as well.

My first doe was Pumpkin. She was not so happy , but I expected that. She is a strong goat and it took both of us to get her up on the stand.

Pumpkin, finally on the Milk Stand, and not very happy. She is shedding her winer wool; not so sure that's a good idea because we are still quite cold here at Gullringstorp

Pumpkin, finally on the Milk Stand. She was not so happy and  had a few words for me. She is shedding her winter wool; not so sure that’s a good idea because we are still quite cold here at Gullringstorp

Pumpkin looked aroud while on the stand. She had her daughter Rose to keep her company, along with me of course

Pumpkin looked around while on the stand. She had her daughter Rose , who is also loosing her winter wool, to keep her company

Pumpkin is a lot calmer even though she is looking around

Pumpkin is a lot calmer even though she is looking around

My next twi does are Pansy and Poppy. These are Frieda’s last babies born here at Gullringstorp. Their mother Frida passed away  just about a year ago. I still miss her terribly but thankfully, I have 4 of her children and one granddaughter. I see her in all of them.

Pansy got on the stand with very little effore. Her Sister Poppy who is always with her , joined her at the grain tray

Pansy got on the stand with very little effort. Her Sister Poppy who is always with her , joined her at the grain tray

Pansy's sister Poppy is finding the grain

Pansy’s sister Poppy having fun on the grain tray

IWe are able to see Poppy's tiny baby bump. She will either have a single kid or 2 tiny ones

We are able to see Poppy’s tiny baby bump. Looks like she will either have a single kid or 2 tiny ones

 Pansy found the grain

Pansy and Poppy are always talking to each other. I think they learned that from their mother, Frida who always talked to them

Not so easy to see Pansy's little baby bump, but it's there

Not so easy to see Pansy’s little baby bump, but it’s there

Pansy and Poppy are  always together

Pansy and Poppy are sisters and are never seperated

Yummy grain !

Yummy grain !

Poppy's turn on the Milk Stand

Poppy’s turn on the Milk Stand

Pansy walked away for a minute and Poppy was not so happy

Pansy walked away for a minute and Poppy was not so happy

Pansy returned and joined her sister on the stand

Pansy returned and joined her sister on the stand

Here is the last doe of the morning, Iris. She gave us the most trouble. She was not having it! She refused to walk up the ramp and when she did move up, it was inch by inch. Iris is a Pygmy goat and is quite a bit smaller than my Nigerians Dwarf goats.

Iris was not happy with this , at all!

Iris was not happy with this , at all!

Once Iris made it up onto the Milk Stand, she was more comfortable like this.

Once Iris made it up onto the Milk Stand, she was more comfortable like this.

Iris may look uncomfortable, believe me she is not. She is just fine.

Iris may look uncomfortable, believe me she is not. She is just fine.

It didn't take Iris long to find and tuck into the grain .

It didn’t take Iris long to find and tuck into the grain .

Unfortunately, this is the best way to show off Iris' baby bump

Unfortunately, this is the best way to show off Iris’ baby bump. Nanna was allowed out to keep Iris company. I think it helped.

Baby bump!

Baby bump!

Overall, the first experience for my does was pretty good. They will soon come to learn that  the Milk Stand will be the only place to get their breakfast and dinner. The process works. I have several does who have been through the Milk Stand training and are very comfortable on the stand. It takes time and patience and lots of love. You can never just yank and pull a doe up on a stand. You must take as long as she needs to walk that ramp and then to actually place her head in to be locked in. It takes time. This is nothing to be rushed.

My does will not be milked for some time, but when the time is right, they will be ready. As with my other does, these new mothers-to-be will have their babies with them when they are on the Milk Stand. This way they will help with any possible separation issues that may come up. It’s always fun for the babies to run and play and get used to the ramp and stand.

Oh I love being back with my goats. I have missed them terribly. It’s like being away from your young children. So much happens and you miss so much. I know they are my goats and not my children, but in a sense they are and I am the goat mommy. This has to be the relationship when you own goats. they need all that you can give them, not just hay, straw, grain and water. They need and require your love and attention, individually.


A Love Connection at Gullringstorp


It has been about 3 years since my daughter’s cats came to live with us here in Sweden. We have Juliet a beautiful Black and White and tiny Pumpkin  a Tabby who at 14 years old, and looks exactly the way she looked when I discovered her at the shelter, so many years ago.

It has taken Juliet and Pumpkin some time to settle into the routine here at Gullringstorp. Not only did they have the size of Gullringstorp to get accustomed to, but other animals here in the house as well. They both remembered Little Lady from when they used to live with me years before, so that was no problem. They had two new cats to get to know  and like or dislike. After a couple of years, they are coexisting just fine. There are a few flare ups every now and again, but that’s to be expected, especially when you have 3 ladies. The biggest adjustment was not the cats or all the stairs and rooms to get lost in or even the diet of fresh fish; it was Max our dog. Juliet had never lived with a dog in her life and Pumpkin had  but so many years ago. Juliet took time to get used to our gregarious Brussels Griffon, which is quite normal. What is not normal is the way Pumpkin our 14-year-old took immediately to Max. It was as if they had been separated at birth. There was an immediate connection and they are now best buddies  and have fallen  in love.

Here are the two buddies or should I say love birds relaxing in the kitchen:

 

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Pumpkin is Bred with Little Man


Pumpkin was bred with our Little Man who was born right here at Gullringstorp. She was bred Dec. 1, 2012 and will deliver in the first week of April. She is not a first time fresher, she has had 2 little ones over a year ago . She had been bred with our Rent-A-Buck Emil and had a buckling and a doeling. Unfortunately, her son, Little Miracle left us way too soon due to a bad heart. It was an awful time here at Gullringstorp. We were so sad and never thought we would get over it. Pumpkin was upset and sad. She couldn’t stop looking for Miracle and then became over protective of her daughter Rose. Poor Rose was all alone now without her brother. We had several other new mothers in the stable at the same time and each one had twins,  so each had the other to snuggle up with. Rosie didn’t really have mommy because her mommy  was just too preoccupied with trying to find Miracle in their stall and in the stable. That was when I decide to give  Rosie a stuffed animal to snuggle up with at night when Pumpkin paced the stall.

We can only hope with all our hearts that this time around will be a much better experience for Pumpkin. She had been so changed by this experience. Now she has calmed down considerably and is just now getting back to her old self. I want her to have a happy experience, all around.

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Pumpkin and Little Man meet each other

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Pumpkin like all my ladies, she plays hard to get in the beginning

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Pumpkin does not make it easy for Little Man. He has to chase her a bit  first.

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First try

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Second try

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Third time was a charm, as always

Please send your good thoughts and wishes to Pumpkin.

 


Gullringstorp Goats out for the First Time in Months


This morning was a perfect day for the goats to be out. No wind, no rain, no snow.  It will be a short day however, due to the darkness coming at 3 pm.   That’s ok because the ladies were getting cabin fever and even a short day out is better than no time out at all.

The ladies got to get out but not the boys. I know, I know what about the boys? Well it’s just not that easy and it requires some time and attention outdoors which was not on my schedule today. You see the issue is, my baby boys. I will give my babies more time in the boy’s box so they feel a part of their new little herd. I have several sub-herds within my complete herd. Once I feel Phillip and Winston have been accepted completely by the others, then I will feel comfortable letting them out with the others. In addition to that aspect of buck life, my little fellas have no previous knowledge of the electric fence which surrounds their enclosure. This will be a day that requires both of our attentions. The boys will have to be “introduced” to the fence. This is a ritual that I can not do. This is my husband’s job to place the tiny noses to the fence for what will be hopefully the one and only time their noses come into contact with it.

Well today was the day for the little girls and my ladies to go out and kick up their heels a bit:

goats having fun

Goats having fun

Time for fun

Time for fun

Look at my girls !

Look at my girls, oh how pretty they are!

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Keriana, Hilda, her daughter Peanut and Alika

Fun on the snow

Fun on the snow

Rosie playing

Rosie playing with Pansy

Fiona

Fiona with her cute black stockings

Petunia and Poppy playing

Petunia and Poppy playing with Iris, Nanna and Alika in the background

Petunia

Nanna and Petunia and somebody else…

Petunia and Poppy

Petunia and Poppy and little Surprise on the snow

More fun

More fun

Nanna and Keriana

Nanna and Keriana

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Snow goats

Snow goats

Snow goats

Snow goats up close

Fiona

Fiona on her way…

Wheeeee

Wheeeee  such fun they are all having running and just being silly!

After setting the electric fence, I walked into the stable. What a strange sensation to see my empty stable. It was so quiet and empty.

Empty boxes, what a strange sight, no goats....

Empty boxes, what a strange sight, no goats….

Empty boxes

Empty boxes

It was great fun watching all my goats out and running and literally kicking up their cute little heels. With the cold temperatures we have been having, our ground feels like concrete. It feels great to walk on it and the sound of my goat’s hooves as they run is just a wonder. They sound like a herd of galloping horses.

Well my ladies didn’t make it to 3 this afternoon. The sun has not set yet, a few minutes more and it will, but, it started snowing!

My ladies had a wonderful time out today the 7th day of January in the New Year 2013.