This is a typical Spring weekend here at Gullringstorp. We have the goats and chickens to care for and the property. There are the usual chores on a farm property. Things need mending, fixing and just plain tending to.
The cats and fish that are in the house get fed first thing. Then off to the stable with my bucket of chopped veggies and fruit and molasses water for the mothers. Max always joins me and Leif follows later. I make a quick check on the new mothers and their new babies and when all is fine, I say hello to all the others on the other side of the stable. Max and I fill a wheelbarrow full with hay to take out to prepare the enclosure for everyone who goes out. The boys were so happy to go out as were the other ladies and girls.
We have with the help of Leif and my daughter, finally got names for all the new babies, even the little boy who will be sold.
Iris’ daughter is Blossom and her son who will be sold to a good home is Florian
Pansy’s daughter is Lilly
Poppy’s son is Huckleberry
Pumpkin’s daughters are, Willow and Violet
Peanut is still a mystery, no babies and no heats for the past 5 months! Hummmmmm
Once everyone is out and happy, I returned to the stable to tend to the new mommies and babies.
Iris and her babies :
A fun place to snuggle
Blossom and Florian rest with mommy not too far away
Pansy and Lilly:
Pansy never lets Lilly out of her sight
Pansy’s food station: grain, treats and molasses water
Pumpkin and her daughters, Willow and Violet :
Pumpkin is our wild child goat, but oh what a mommy she is !
Time for a snack
What a cute little bottom !
Willow, with the white front paw like mommy is the little baby that required a splint on her leg. she is fine and her foot is as it should be
Willow and Violet are so cute
Pumpkin is always talking to her daughters
Even when she is eating
This baby wants to try mommy’s food
Willow wants to see what’s in the container also
Mommy gets a kiss from Willow
After I take care of Iris and her children, I work on the other 3 families, starting with Pansy. Then I took care of the box of Poppy and her baby boy. I took all that was needed into Poppy’s box to be able to take care of both boxes. It’s just easier for me.
Poppy wants to see what I’m doing in Pumpkin’s box
Poppy’s son Huckleberry decides to see what’s in all those baskets
What a cutie!
Huckleberry tries to get into the grain bucket
Poppy checks on me in Pumpkin’s box
Huckleberry is determined to jump in t he grain bucket
Mother and son
After the mothers and babies have been taken care of, I went to check on the other goats in the enclosure. They had run themselves out and all resting:
My bucks Toby, Baby Boy(Bear), Little Man in the back and Pip relax in the Springtime sun
Little Surprise and Nanna found a nice place to rest
Petunia found a nice place in the sun
I was a bit worried about some of the ladies out in the enclosure:
Petunia, Surprise and Ivy have never been separated from Iris. They are doing fine as long as they can hold conversations with her from the stable.
Rose is such a mamma’s baby that she never likes to be without Pumpkin. She is doing better than I though, finding a little group to attach herself to in the enclosure. She will stand and eat hay with Peanut and her mother Hilda.
Leif has been busy with our firewood supply. this weekend he has been cleaving the logs he cut earlier. I think I posted earlier that he was cleaving the wood, mistake, he was chopping.This weekend he cleaved the logs with his new machine:
He has a neat old tool that helps lift the heavy logs
Once the log was cleaved in half it was cleaved again into smaller logs to fit into our burner in the basement
Leif was smart and set up the cleaving machine right in front of the outdoor wood storage. After the log has been cleaved, he can just toss it in the storage
Looking at all those beautiful logs, I got an idea; why not bring ion some logs for the babies to play on. Poor Leif, I never run out of ideas and ways for him to help. But he was kind and asked me to pick out the logs I wanted from the big pile. When I found the 3 perfect ones he brought them into the stable and placed them where they belonged. He thought he should cleave them in half so they would have a flat bottom to sit stable in the boxes. When I said no , they are fine as they are he was not so sure. I was.
Here are my 3 beautiful logs
Here is the log for little Lilly
Pansy was so nice, she thanked us for her log which she nibbled the bark off
Poppy and her son huckleberry check out their new log
Look at that baby!! I could just eat him up!!
Pansy says thank you also
Leif had concerns about these logs, he didn’t think they would be appreciated. Well, just look at Huckleberry:
I hope you had sunshine for this this Spring weekend and you were able to be out enjoying it!
We hope everyone is having a lovely Easter ! We actually have a beautiful Spring day here at Gullringstorp!! No wind, rain or snow!! A great day for the goats to come out. The boys can even come out today.
The boys were so relaxed when I entered the stable this morning
We have 7 little bucks but this morning we decided to place a leash on only two and hope the others would follow. Poor little Toby was the only one who fell far behind the others. He seemed to be a bit afraid. He will be back on a leash until he gets used to going out once again.
Once I helped Toby to catch up, they all followed and walked into the enclosure like little gentlemen
The boys must pass through the girl’s enclosure to get to their enclosure
A quick head count and all the boys are where they should be
The boys always head straight for the hay
It’s’ not always so easy to take the collars and leashes off when the boys are so happy to be in the enclosure
Here are my youngest boys; Pip, Winston, Toby (hidden, but I see his feet) and Phillip. Oh my how my baby bucklings have grown. Phillip is almost as big as his big brother Little Man
I am so happy that both the girls and the boys have a wonderful deep shelter where they can go if they are not happy with the weather
After Milk Stand training, the ladies were out in the enclosure:
Peanut and Pansy share a tender moment.
Our ladies were happy being outside again. Pumpkin enjoys a relaxing nap in the sun while the little Pygmy girls play in the bench in the distance
Wishing everyone a lovely and Happy Easter Sunday!
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
Look at the driveway, no snow! Oh dear two playful little girls on the right.
They were more orderly than I had expected
A quick count and they are all in!
Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become
Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun
Poppy and Iris in the rear
Rose, Pumpkin and Poppy my beautiful Black and White goats
Iris, Pansy, Poppy, Hilda and Peanut in the back
Petunia, Rose and Pumpkin
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
Peanut and Hilda
Ivy and her daughter Surprise
Ivy, Nanna and baby Surprise
Poppy, Pansy with Hilda and Peanut
Pumpkin and Petunia
Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle
The all important stare down
Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two
Pansy and Poppy
Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump and cute little teats showing
Peanut showing some baby bump
Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose
Pansy calling for her sister Poppy
My little goat clump
Pumpkin just enjoying the day
My little goat clump
As the goats enjoyed their day out after so long in the stables, we released the chickens :
Eugene is happy and did a lot of crowing to let everyone know it!
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.