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News from our Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp


I have several ladies who are due to deliver during the first week of April, by my calculations. Nature always has the upper hand in the situation, but I like to think I can pin point the tim frame of deliveries.  What I do is watch and keep a very close eye on my ladies. I know them all intimately; how they sound, how they eat, how they drink,  how they interact with others and even how they go down to rest. I look for any subtle changes to let me know that she may be getting close to labor.

The feelings came over me yesterday with our little Pygmy doe Iris. I knew she would be the first of my 4 does or maybe 5. She is quite wide and he baby bump is very pronounced.  I watched her and how she was out in the enclosure. She was licking at her teats, and looking at her rear end. I said to myself, hummm,  looks like she will be any day now. We checked her often out in the enclosure and during the night even when she and the others were back in the stable. She was resting easy. I  had placed a large amount of fresh clean straw in one corner for her just in case. Nothing happened during the night and she was quite eager to hop up on that Milk Stand for her grain this morning. I massaged her as she ate and kissed he baby bump and had a bit of a chat with her babies. I love my goats and am always so excited when they are due to deliver. it’s a special time in our stable.

Iris is out in the enclosure on this beautiful Spring day. I sat with them for some time, as always, but kept a particularly close eye on iris to see subtle changes in he behaviour.  There were some changes:

  • a bit of a discharge
  • I could see she was a bit uncomfortable when she went down to rest
  • Unable to decide where to lay down
  • Other goats came to sniff her
  • Her pals who share her large box came to stay by her side

With all these developments, my husband decided that today was the day to clean out her box and place all clean straw down for he delivery. We have been lucky and been able to change boxes for all our pregnant does. We have just come into Spring and our boxes have not been cleaned out for 6 months. Let me explain: we clean up poopies in every box everyday, but we do allow the hay and straw to build up during the winter months. This is very important in providing our goats with a really warm bed to sleep the night in. All the urine and poopies that fall through the straw will ferment and help keep them warm. Spring time is a busy time here at Gullringstorp with box cleaning.

Iris’s box is done and when she comes in she will have a clean house to deliver in, today or tomorrow.

After a bit of playing, Iris settles down for a rest

After a bit of playing, Iris settles down for a rest

Pals come to keep Iris company

Her sister Petunia come to keep Iris company

Even Peanut comes to check on Iris

Even Peanut comes to check on Iris

While I am out with the goats, Leif has started on Iris’ box. There is much to remove, but he has the procedure down. It is a big job and I always ask if I may help him. The answer is always a flat NO and he means NO. I have asthma and not only this, but when I got my first goats several years ago, I was having trouble breathing and felt quite winded as I would walk back to the house. I eventually went in to have a check up and I wasn’t just winded, I was having real trouble but didn’t realize it. I was sent in for allergy testing. I felt like a kid! I was tested for so many things and I was so afraid that I would be told that I had an allergy to my beloved goats. Well time for celebration !!! I had allergies, but NOT to my goats. Boy was I relieved ! I did get some difficult news. I have allergies to both hay and straw! Lord, what kind of farmer could I be. Well I soon learned from my doctor at the Lung Clinic that I was required to wear masks when I am in the stable and handling hay or straw. No problem!! Nothing stops this country gal!

I wear 3M filter masks when I am dealing with hay and straw both indoors and outdoors. I have done so for nearly 5 years now and no more problems. When we have visitors to Gullringstorp to visit our goats, I don’t wear my mask because I am not handling straw or hay, just talking. My masks get quite expensive because they only come in boxes of 10, and they are not included in the national prescription plan. It is a bit of a problem, but a necessity. So now you can understand why my husband says NO to the cleaning up of boxes. I can however, lay down the calcium on the box floor and fresh straw, with my filter mask on.

I can’t help clear the box, but I can prepare a nice lunch for my husband for when he is finished.

I don't really have any idea how many scoops are filled when cleaning out a box

I don’t really have any idea how many scoops are filled when cleaning out a box

My husband uses a large whelbarrel to help in removing the old straw

My husband uses a large wheel barrel to help in removing the old straw

Filling the wheel barrel

Filling the wheel barrel

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We have a track on the property that was once used for trotters where my husband must travel on the tractor to dump the used straw near the forest. there it is set on fire.

Way in t he distance, we have a track on the property , about a mile long, that was once used for trotters before we bought the property. This is  where my husband drives the tractor to dump the used straw near the forest and  there it is set on fire.

It will be my pleasure to keep you updated on Iris and our other does who are in the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp!

So don’t forget to check back for updates!


Gullringstorp, Almost Buried by Snow This Morning


We had a warning yesterday that during the evening we would have at least 12″ of snow fall during the night.  Well the night came and no more snow … We thought we were off the hook… We were not !

This morning we got slammed with snow, snow, snow and more snow. It is 1521 and it is STILL snowing!!!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Leif was shoveling the driveways , before he could use the tractor

Leif had to shovel the driveways , before he could use the tractor

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Max and I got a path shoveled to the stable; at least part of the way

Pathway shoveled to the back , past the front porch

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Our fish will spend the winter under the protection  of the covered pond in a state of semi-hibernation

Our fish will spend the winter under the protection of the covered pond in a state of semi-hibernation

In addition to t he heavy snowfall , we had wind that made beautiful snow drifts and snow on our house

In addition to t he heavy snowfall , we had wind that made beautiful snow drifts and snow on our house

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Leif is heading into the goat enclosure, the only place to dump all the shoveled snow

Leif is heading into the goat enclosure, the only place to dump all the shoveled snow

This is the road behind the stable. On the right is the snowed in chicken yard. Don't wrry our hens and roosters are warm inside their heated hen house with a nice bowl full of snow to peck at. They love that.

This is the road behind the stable. On the right is the snowed in chicken yard. Don’t worry our hens and roosters are warm inside their heated hen house with a nice bowl full of snow to peck at. They love that.

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Frozen cherry tree

Frozen cherry tree

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While Leif worked hard shoveling 2 properties, I kept busy preparing a war, lunch for when he came in and preparing a warm delicious meal, chili.

While Leif worked hard shoveling snow from 2 properties, I kept busy preparing a warm lunch for when he came in and preparing a warm delicious dinner, chili.

I hope wherever you are, you are not buried under snow. But if you are, I hope you have someone strong and caring to shovel for you…

Thank you Leif…

PS. Leif just came in from his last shoveling of the day before the darkness at 1515 to tell me that in his estimation, we have had between 40″-50″ of snowfall today.


A Winter Morning at Gullringstorp


Winter decided to come to Gullringstorp during the night. White hell for my husband but a beautiful sight for me and just plain fun for Max:

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We had a dark, cold, snowy and windy morning here at Gullringstorp. There was still a beauty to it all, for me.

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Just beautiful!

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Our roads were fine to drive on because of the type of snow tires required here in Sweden, but my husband will still clear them.

 

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This road will be cleared soon.

Time for the tractor

Time for the tractor. Max was warm in his winter gear.

My husband really is happy to have the tractor to help clear large amounts of snow

My husband really is happy to have the tractor to help clear large amounts of snow

The weather reports call for more snow…  Our little herd is inside the stable,  comfy and warm.

How is the weather where you live?