Archive for April, 2009

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Bottle Baby Update

April 13, 2009

Yesterday Bekah joined in the bottle feeding regime.  At first Rudy kept leaving her and coming to me looking for a bottle, but this afternoon he went straight to her and polished off a bottle in no time.

Ramie will come up to the bottle most of the time, but this morning she only drank about half her usual amound and pretty much refused her noon bottle.   Not sure what is up with her, since she is still trying to sneak in and nurse off of Mame’.

Meanwhile Reggie, decided to check out what his half-siblings were getting and ended up drinking about a half bottle himself and that was enough to convince Ricochet to have a swig or two as well.

I need to get all four of them disbudded this week, and get the boys listed on Craigslist.  Reggie and Rudy will definitely be sold as wethers, but Ricochet is registrable and a very nicely put together buckling and I am going to see if anyone wants him as a future herd sire.

If you would be interested in purchasing any of the three boys – please send me an email.

Bekah feeding Rudy his noon bottle.

Bekah feeding Rudy his noon bottle.

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Bottle Babies

April 9, 2009

Raime and Rudy are slowly taking to the bottle and drinking more with each feeding.  This morning Raime actually came to the bottle without me having to catch and hold her.  Rudy was interested, but changed his focus and went after Mame’ instead.

Both Raime and Rudy are trying to nurse on Mame’ but she is having none of it.  They are hounding her to the point that she won’t stand still for anyone to nurse.   So this morning I had Bekah hold Rudy while I gave Raime a little more from the bottle.   As soon as they stopped pestering her, Mame’ stood still for Ricochet and Reggie to nurse.   So everyone finally managed to get their breakfast.

All four kids seem to be doing well, and are very lively.  It is such a hoot to watch them all playing together and expressing their joy of living.

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A very sad day on the ranch

April 7, 2009

Yesterday may have started off well, but it ended very badly.  The kids and I left for town about 11:30am and everything was fine.  When we got home shortly before 1pm we discovered Molly had died during our absence.   Needless to say, we were all shocked and heartbroken by her unexpected death.

I have no idea at this time what might have caused her death.  The breeder I purchased her from a couple of years ago is taking her body to the Vet College near us to have it autopsied in hopes of finding out what might have killed her.

Now poor Mame is suddenly finding herself beset by FOUR babies clamoring for her attention.  She is fairly tolerant of  Molly’s babies (Ramie & Rudy) hanging out with her, but she won’t let them nurse.  I have been bottle feeding them and so far that is going ok, other than it really ties me to the house.

It was heart wrenching this morning when I went to feed them and then turned them out in the paddock for the day.  They were running around calling and searching for a momma they will never see again.

RIP Molly!  4/2/07 - 4/6/09

RIP Molly! 4/2/07 - 4/6/09

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Day 2 started off well…

April 6, 2009

Day two of milking the first timers dawned bright and sunny.  I decided after the fiasco of chasing Mame’ around yesterday that I would start with her.  She did much better today, and I got about a cup before I stopped and turned her back out to the paddock.    I could have taken more, but at this point it is more about getting her used to it, than anything else.

Molly was less cooperative today than yesterday, but since she has nice big orifices milking her when she does stand still is pretty quick.    Unlike cows, goats do not normally poop or pee while on the milk stand.  Today was the exception to that rule.    Poor Molly apparently was not feeling well and she let loose with a blast that covered me, the milk stand and quite a bit of the surrounding area as well.    Needless to say the milk from her was dumped, all my clothes went into the wash and I hopped into the shower as soon as I had cleaned everything up outside.

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First Milking

April 5, 2009

Last night was the first night I shut the new kids away from their mommas for the night.   I know some folks like to start milking when the kids are one week old, but I prefer to start at two weeks to ensure a healthy start.  I do what is called “share milking” where I shut the kids up at night, milk the does first thing in the morning and then turn the kids out to be with momma all day.

This morning was clear and cold with some weak sunshine.  I started off with Molly and she danced around a bit on the milk stand, stepped in the milk and did all the usual things a first time milker does.   She finally settled down and I milked a cup from her before turning her back into the paddock.  That was no where close to milking her out so she is shaping up to be a good producer.

Next up was Mame’ and she managed to squeeze out the gate and take off, when I was putting Molly back in. Had quite the time rounding her up again, but did finally get her on the milk stand.  She wasn’t nearly as cooperative as Molly, and after milking about a 1/2 cup and wearing more than that (I milk in in a rain jacket for reason!) I turned her back out with her hungry babies.

Hopefully in a few weeks time they will become as acustomed to the routine as Allie is, and just run to the milk stand and hop up on their own, and stand still.   Until then I will just have to keep getting up a little earlier to account for the extra time that chores are now requiring.

Kids and Momma's after this mornings milking

Kids and Momma's after this mornings milking

On another note, “Rainie” has been renamed “Ramie” by my hubby so that she can be referred to as Doe-Ray-Me.    Fits into the word play we started with “Stormy the weather” last year.  🙂