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Determined

Its the first day of spring and I have finished the milking. Misty has been blatting since I went into the goat area. When she jumps off the milk stand and I put her in her pen she rushes outside and wades through belly deep snow towards the buck's winter pen.  The bucks begin their vocalizing and I realize...no, I don't want a "through the fence" breeding. I catch her and lock the doors so she cannot get out. Poor girl she was really wanting a conjugal visit.…

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Added by Jan on March 20, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

10 below zero

When I went out for chores this morning and to check on the week old triplets it was 10 below zero with a wind chill of -33. Those little ones were jumping around like it was summer!  In the other pen there was a single doeling freshly arrived , full belly, dried off with her mom.  I have the heat lamp on for her and she seems to be doing all right. I did give her a sweater as well.…

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Added by Jan on January 23, 2013 at 5:08pm — 3 Comments

Trade

In order to reduce my herd size due to illness that is sapping my energy I was able to make a trade. She got a doe back (that she had sold to me and dearly wanted back), a buckling and another doe. Both does were pregnant. I got two 8 week old does (full sisters to one of the does).  They still need names.…

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Added by Jan on November 21, 2012 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

He'd rather be inside

Finnigan has grown by leaps and bounds. He has discover the cross piece on the perimeter fence. I watched him go up but decide not to jump out. I was pleased to see him turn around and come back down.…

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Added by Jan on October 7, 2012 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

Westie at 16 Weeks Fresh

Westie didn't produce well her first freshening(Sept) and then backed up to the fence to be bred in Jan. She kidded in late May with quads. The three boys were sold as bottle babies and her daughter was left to nurse whenever she wanted.   In the last week we have gone from .12 # of milk to 2# every morning (I only milk my does in the morning).  Her baby is still with her but…

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Added by Jan on September 21, 2012 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

Goats love corn stalks

My goats are in love with all the goodies hubby brings to them. Last week it was green bean leavings. This week it is corn stalks. They seem to like the variety. Comfrey is another favorite.

Added by Jan on August 7, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments

Finally Hay

The window for cutting hay a week and a half ago closed quickly with several days of rain. However on Sunday our hay guy was able to get on the field and start mowing. Last night he baled up the first 12 or so bales just to make sure the baler was working right. (of course it needed adjustment!)

This morning we are looking at a full day of picking up and putting in the barn. He has about 1/3 of the field left to mow but wanted to get this stuff under cover before the next rain.  Each…

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Added by Jan on July 4, 2012 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Sad! Sad! Sad!

I cannot continue to put six quarts of milk in my fridge everyday.

 My three goats have put me over the top. Unlike Deborah I haven't learned to make all kinds of cheese and with just two of us we really don't need it. I have made ice cream, yogurt, cajeta, soft cheese and frozen a lot. I have given some away and traded for eggs weekly.  Still too much! My last freshened one is still nursing as well.

However...I am going to once a day milking with my two that…

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Added by Jan on June 27, 2012 at 10:57am — 10 Comments

They have come home!

After a 360 mile round trip we are home with my new kids. Two bucklings and a doeling. Yuki above, Finnegan,next, and Guiseppe at the bottom.…

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Added by Jan on May 26, 2012 at 4:29pm — 2 Comments

Waiting

I am still waiting for my Westie to kid. She is very uncomfortable.

Added by Jan on May 12, 2012 at 7:26am — 3 Comments

Serafina

Misty's daughter Hannah delivered this beautiful doeling at noon. She had her outside next to the fence in the wind and the cold. I brought her in and waited to see if there were any more. Apparently not. I named her Serafina.

Added by Jan on April 7, 2012 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Quads

Well she did it again!  Delivered on her own and did a great job. She had 3 girls and a boy.  I am one happy goat mama!

Added by Jan on March 12, 2012 at 11:19am — 5 Comments

Close to Kidding Again!

Misty is fat and uncomfortable. She had triplets last year and is a  wonderful, easy milker. She and one of her daughters are due to kid in the next 12 days. I am , once again, very excited. 

Added by Jan on March 1, 2012 at 6:08am — 1 Comment

My Little Buckling Loves the Swing!

He is 3 weeks old and has gorgeous blue eyes!

Added by Jan on October 3, 2011 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

Disbudded the Bucklings Today

This time around we are trying for earlier disbudding rather than later. DH handles the iron and I hold the kid. We have two babies that were born a week ago and two born 6 days ago.  We did all three boys but held back on the girl as we could not feel her horn buds at all.  It went a lot easier this time and I hope we got it right. Last spring we did several repeats and didn't enjoy the experience at all.

Added by Jan on September 18, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

Lucy's Boys

Added by Jan on September 10, 2011 at 9:44pm — 4 Comments

Day 145

Here's Lucy on day 145!

Added by Jan on September 9, 2011 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Latest Goat Toy

My husband put up my porch swing in the goat area so I could swing and enjoy them. When I am not there the two doelings seem to enjoy swinging as well!

Added by Jan on August 20, 2011 at 3:25pm — 4 Comments

Browse

It is a wonderfully cool day after two scorchers.

The farmer went up the hill and brought the goats some fresh browse.

Then we pulled the pea vines.  They got those as well.

What happy goats we have!

 

Added by Jan on July 24, 2011 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

Enough Hay Means More Goats!

Husband suggested that I add another milker to my herd if finances permitted since we now have more than enough hay.  I have had a lot of interest in the milk in my community so I started looking. The first couple of places didn't have what I wanted. I finally located a pregnant FF 230 miles south of me. I went for her yesterday and brought her home today!  She is due on September 10th.  The wonderful owner gifted me with a second goat who might also be pregnant (she sure looks it).  I am…

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Added by Jan on July 21, 2011 at 4:37pm — 3 Comments

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