Every evening after we have prepared the boxes for the night, we spend some time with our goats. This time serves several purposes; we have some quality time with them as a herd and as individuals. We can check goats while they are in motion to make sure there are no signs of any limps or favoring of one side over the other. I check udders to make sure no one is too full, because our babies are beginning to wean themselves. I check ears for lost ear clips. I give little back rubs as I brush each one and check for anything unusual. I check eyes, noses and ears. They never realize they are being examined because I try to make each goat’s individual time with me personal, with brushing and stroking and of course conversation.
I find a place to sit and make myself comfortable and each goat will slowly make her way to me, for attention. The babies try to get all our attentions. We have no issues with the little ones, they get plenty of hugs and kisses.
Once all this is done, each goat will find a comfy place to relax and take an evening rest. Mothers and babies always lay close together and snooze. Friends will play for a while then rest close together. Some prefer to relax all by themselves.
Here are Gullringstorp goats at rest in the early evening:
Pansy and her daughter Lilly
Keriana and her daughter Fiona
Nanna played for a while with Petunia then decided to relax alone
Keriana and Fiona
Pumpkin and her daughters, Willow and Violet
Pumpkin with her new babies and her 2 yr old daughter Rose
Iris and Blossom. Florian was on the bench beside me and Max
Ivy is alone because her daughter Surprise is playing
Huckleberry always claims the table top for his personal relaxing place
Pansy and Lilly like to be cheek to cheek
Keriana and Fiona
Florian decided to snuggle up with mommy Iris
Keriana with Fiona
Keriana relaxing exactly like her mother Frieda. Frieda was our only goat that loved to relax like this with one leg tucked and the other out.
Ivy and her daughter Surprise
It is always a pleasure to just sit and watch my goats while they are playing, running or resting. They are a real delight.
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
Poppy, Pansy and little Lilly enjoy fresh greens
Huckleberry and Lilly play while mommies eat
Huckleberry enjoys greens with mommy Poppy
Sisters, Poppy and Pansy share the dandelion greens
The babies find the bucket of greens interesting
Little Lilly leaping of the stable door
Goats are not known for neat eating
Time for a rest
What a sweet face you have little Lilly
Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy walking in the chicken yard
Poppy, Pansy and babies get the front yard for a while
Fun in the fresh air
Huckleberry is having a fine time
The families always have access to the inside of the stable incase they need to be inside
Another resting baby
Blossom and Florian taking a break
Pumpkin gets fresh greens for dinner in her box
Iris and her babies enjoy fresh greens for dinner
Poppy and Pansy enjoy fresh greens for dinner
Our boys are enjoying the fresh air and fresh grass
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
Nanna and Rosie are happy together
Nanna does this when she is happy!
Here two of the babies meet each other for the first time
Pansy and little Lilly look on from a safe place
Poppy, Pansy and their babies visit Iris and her babies
The babies can visit safely with the fence up
Lilly meets Florian
Huckleberry meets Blossom
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
Pansy resting with little Lilly behind her
Welcome back for m,ore updates from Gullringstorp!
Yesterday was not a day for our goats to go outside. After a couple of beautiful , warm and sunny days, our goats were not able to come outside. It’s always a shame when we start new routines like the new hay rack for the boys. They really need to have consistency with their routine. I wanted them to get used to the new location for the hay. Oh well, we can only wait for the good days to come. For now they relax in the stable:
Mother-to-be Pumpkin and her daughter Rosie relax
Ivy and her daughter Surprise relax while mother-to-be is wide awake
Keriana with her daughter Fiona sleep close to fence to be close to Alika
Mothers-to-be sisters Poppy and her sister Pansy (kind of hidden)
Hilda and her daughter, mother-to-be-Peanut live in box which doesn’t get much light from the light fixtures. It was just too dark to photograph., but they were resting close together as usual.
Nanna was NOT resting at all. She was in heat. This was a relatively mild heat so far, because her cries are not nearly as loud as normal, for her. Notice he flicking of her tail, this is called “flagging”.
Balder is up and wide awake. Look at those beautiful eyes!
Baby Boy is also wide awake
Little Man rests by himself while Toby and Pip like to snuggle
Toby and Pip
Winston, Philip my little boys love to sleep close together while Little Man lays close by
We hope for better weather so our goats can be out for more than one or two days at a time.
It’s cold outside but it’s nice and warm and cozy in the stable. This is what I was met with when we went in this morning:
Sleepy little fellas resting together. These are my youngest little bucks: Toby with the “hairdo”, Winston and his brother Phillip and little Pip, Alika’s son
Don’t they look comfy? It’s hard to believe that the buck with the large horns to the right is Baby Boy. Do you remember when he arrived at Gullringstorp? He was just a round ball of fur.
I really love to see my goats relaxed, happy and comfortable under our care
Keriana relaxing with her daughter Fiona
Alika is also comfy and is doing very well since her son Pip moved in with the other bucks
Our oldest buck is full-grown, but as you can see he is small. This is Balder, a Pygmy buck. He is a lovely little guy!
I always love when we get our oat delivery. It just looks so pretty filling up one side of this beautiful old horse grain wooden box.
This sturdy old horse grain box was at the other end of our stable but was moved to the “feed” room. One side for the oats and the other for the muesli
We also have a hay delivery. Leif has a trailer that fits 20 bales of hay. A really nice sight for this country gal…
This was once a beautiful huge round bale of straw. It’s ok to look like this, as long as my goats get straw on a daily basis. We have an entire enclosure outside full of neat little square straw bales, under a tarp to stay dry through snow and rain.
Everyone gets a portion of straw. Hilda lies to “swim” in her straw before she eats and makes a bed to sleep in and eat. There is a real challenge in placing the straw in different places for boxes with more than 1 goat. You have to really plan it out or there will be squabbles. I like peaceful boxes so I plan ahead where I place tiny piles of straw, for each little mouth. Here are our tiniest ladies, Ivy and her daughter Surprise, Iris and Petunia enjoy their straw.
It’s not so easy with my little boys. So I solve the problem by placing the straw on their table top and they each get some. They can be well behaved for 5 minutes then someone ends up on the table right in the middle of the straw. Oh well. You just have to choose your battles, even when it comes to goats. Oh, yes, we put up a second hay bag in the boy’s box. Now they have 2 hay bags and a new and improved hay rack.
We are expecting more snow here at Gullringstorp. Burrrr……..
The day began really badly for us here at Gullringstorp! We had every intention to bring out our new mothers and babies today. It was overcast, cold and threatened rain. Not a good first day to be in the large enclosure. So, disappointed, I fed every one in their box and just opened doors. The morning was just one big rain threat.
The sun finally came out and so did our little gang of new mommies and babies and a couple of pals. Ivy would never have gone into the enclosure without her pals Petunia and Iris so they were allowed to join the new families.
Here is the first day out in t he enclosure for Toby, Fiona Pip and Surprise and their mothers:
Our young men were led out first with Baby Boy in the lead.
Nanna and her son Toby made it into the enclosure. Look at Toby’s wonderment of the large space before him!
- The babies stayed close to their mothers in the beginning
Here is Keriana ( Frida’s daughter) with her daughter following, Fiona and Little Ivy with her tiny baby Little Surprise
Alika’s son Pip is exploring the grass
Ivy and Pip Playing
Alika and her son Pip
Keriana (Frida’s daughter) and her daughter Fiona
Keriana and Ivy and their little ones hidden behind the mommies
Fun in the shelter
Fiona exploring on the old Swedish kitchen bed
Alika and Pip
Alika’s son Pip jumping into the hay bucket ( an old sink works well)
Toby having a chat with one of the big boys, Balder. Little Toby will soon join the other boys
Fun activity inside the shelter
Pip loves to be in the hay !
Little Surprise on her way, somewhere
More shelter activity
Fiona getting some water
Ivy, Pip and his mommy Alika
There’s Little Surprise on the bed/sofa
They all look so happy !
Ivy and her tiny daughter Little Surprise and Fiona trying to reach the hay in the sink
Alika and Pip
Nanna, Pip and Fiona on the rocks
Nanna and her son Toby
Nanna, Toby and little Surprise enjoy some hay and the rocks
Baby Fiona and Baby Pip
Little Surprise born June 12th
Our Little Surprise
Little Fiona born May 18th
Little Pip born June 5th
Toby, Nanna’s son born May 12th
Nana, Toby and Little Surprise
Our silly little Nanna is now a serious mommy
Babies play with one mother supervising
Our other adult and yearlings were not allowed in the large enclosure on this day
Frida’s girls Pansy and Poppy are enjoying some hay
Even though our goats have a wonderful field full of yummy greens, they all still love to enjoy hay
Just before bravely leaving my babies out I looked and saw everyone relaxing. Here are Iris and Petunia who were the only non-mothers allowed in the enclosure. It was beautiful to see.
Nanna and Toby were more interested in the new hay supply than taking a rest. They did rest later, however.
My husband decides it’s time to do some lawn mowing
We were only able to leave the new mothers and babies after each baby had been introduced to the electric fence. these babies are very close to their mothers so we had no babies near the fence. Oh I forgot, Toby was the first to get a zap and boy was he a big baby after that. He didn’t want to leave mommy Nanna’s side. It was my job to capture each remaining baby and my husband took them to the fence and they each got a zap on the nose. This way we could leave them comfortably with the knowledge that the babies wouldn’t be silly and try to get through the fence .
For a first day out in the large enclosure, it really went far better than expected. Every goat adult and baby alike were truly happy and excited to be in the large space. They had out grown both baby yards. Now we must decide when to introduce the other members of the herd who were now in the play yards, temporarily.
Welcome back for some video action of the first day’s adventures.