Posts tagged goats
Posts tagged goats
Nelly’s daughter Sadie will make a great little milker next year.
Farming for three days in a row, going on four. It’s like summer, or something.
Gotta keep this up, spent 8 hours wrestling sheep today and my back is in a ginat knot but I feel great.
Wrestling small ungulates is always my favorite way to start the day. I love the smell of mud stain in the morning!
The little Lily goat STILL hasn’t kidded. I took her to the vet today for an exam to see what the heck her deal is and to have her scur horn trimmed. I was planning to have her horn trimmed after she kidded because last time they anesthetized her. But she still hasn’t popped and her horn is now poking her in the eyebrow.
I took her in knowing that she would be the last animal seen, both because she is a goat being seen by a horse and cow doctor, and because we didn’t have an appointment. There are no goat or sheep vets in town that I know of and this guy, though he is not my first choice, is the only one I know that will see them. So, I dropped her off and left. They said dr would call when she was ready. At 4:30 I went to check on her and they said she wouldn’t be ready till tomorrow. Huh. Either he just never got to her or he maybe induced her? I’m hoping for the second one.
The receptionist chick was no help. She didn’t know dick. She even scowled when I came in saying I was the one with the goat.
The surprise kid.
Who’s a surprised girl today? I am!
Ok, yesterday night Michael was kept awake by one of the goats pawing on the wood floor of their shed. Thinking it might be Lily about to kid, I went and checked. Nope, it was Butter, her mom. She does that sometimes, so I just ignored it and went back to bed.
Yesterday morning, I checked: Lily still preggers.
After work, still preggers.
At pm feeding time: Lily looks skinnier, dry baby boy, no mess. I thought it was odd, but maybe Lily is just an extraordinary first time mom. Since the big girls were all eating I didn’t think it strange that Lily was ignoring the baby.
This morning I go out to check and pet the baby after I feed. He’s cold, so I pick him up and try to take him to Lily. But Butter comes up and licks on him, he starts wagging his tail and starts nursing. Wtf? So I check tail ends and what do you know? It’s Butter’s baby!! I didn’t even know she was pregnant! She hardly has an udder and never really got any bigger than normal. We did try breeding her, but the dwarf we used couldn’t reach her junk.
So I get more babies probably today. Lily is showing all the signs still including being skinnier as the baby moves into position.
She is due on Wednesday. If it weren’t for her fullish udders, you couldn’t really tell. She’s a full sized La Mancha bred to a dwarf La Mancha, so there could be five of them in there. You never know.
baby newbs giddy about #goats
My niece meeting the goats. Ahhhh!
Spring is sproinging like nuts over here! We have carrots, last year’s green onions, lettuce, broccoli, red and yellow onions. And one preggers goat.
So tomorrow our state senate is deciding whether small scale dairies can sell raw milk and also not be held to as strict of infrastructure laws as long as quarterly milk quality test are good… **breathe**… Do you know what this means? We may actually get to do the milk thing and the cheese thing!!! We looked into it about a year ago and decided it was just too cost prohibitive for set up. But now, maybe not.
Don’t fuck this up, Helena!
There was a link to our newspaper article but it was broken.
This is a compilation of goats and sheep screaming at people and it is by far the best thing I’ve seen all week
I lost my shit at 1:24
wow we just watched this and it was the best thing that happened all day
OMG! This made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to wake up my whole house. This shit is hysterical.
I did have a nice cuddle with every animal in my house today. Goats, dogs, cat (just Marvin because Pickle is an arrogant ass). And I whistled with Maestro. So that’s something.
On a related note: I realized today that Lily, the yearling is now top doe. She’s the only one with a horn and she doesn’t mind bossing the other ladies around with it!
I was taking pictures off the card in my camera when I came across this gem. I had to repost it. Just. Had to. I love that goat.
I’m not sure if I like this or not. Not sure i really understand it… But it is a goat. With a magical beard, like during the rut. See how it’s sparkling and yellow?
It’s my birthday so of course I wanted to breed my does today. Isn’t that what you did on your birthday?
Our neighbors have a mini LaMancha buck so we brought our 2 LaMancha does over. One is pretty big and her daughter who is about half her size. I had never seen her boy up close so I didn’t realize how TINY he is. He is about a foot tall at the shoulders!
Dude was so small he couldn’t reach mama goat’s business, but he kept on trying. He was going at it and she was standing there patiently. It was taking so long that Butter got pissed and eventually butted him so hard she launched him into the fence.
So his owner made a blockade with hay bales to pen her in and put mason blocks behind her for the buck to stand on. I sat on one of the bales and held her collar. But Butter was not about to be forced and put her tail down and eventually just laid down and was over it. We will try again tomorrow.
Lily, the daughter was a breeze. The two of them were French kissing through the fence. They were a match made in heaven. She was just small enough for him to reach her junk, and he went at it for about 2 full minutes.
He was a friendly enough guy, but dear lord, he smelled like ass. I had to decontaminate myself when I got home.
My long weekend.