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Millie had her babies early!

May 27, 2009

Millie wasn’t due until the 6th of June, but she surprised us with an adorable set of twins this afternoon.

The doeling is mostly white with gold spots and it appears blue eyes. The buckling is very flashy and could very well end up as a herd sire like his half brother Ricochet! So far we haven’t come up with names for them yet.

Bekah and Ari went out to play around 5pm and came running back into the house yelling “Millie has babies!!!!” I didn’t believe them at first, but sure enough, two brand new little ones.

It was a great day to have them, sunny and 74 with only a slight breeze. And I am happy that I won’t have to be sleeping out in the kidding shed waiting for their arrival!

Buck kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Buck kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Doe kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Doe kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Bekah holding the buckling while a worried Millie looks on.

Bekah holding the buckling while a worried Millie looks on.

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I’m selling my Dexter Heifers

May 20, 2009

I love cows, and have always wanted a few of my own. But after almost a year it is plain that I am the only one in my family that loves them, and since everyone else is happy drinking goats milk and I’m the only one that wants cows milk, I think it is time, for the sake of family harmony, to put “my beautiful ladies” up for sale.

You can see my Cragislist ad for them here.

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A beautiful morning

May 15, 2009

It was a beautiful morning for doing chores today.   Not quite warm enough for a t-shirt, but I didn’t need a coat either.   The cows were in a mellow mood and I was able to give Matilda a good brushing and even Maggie stood still for a few strokes.  It seems the more pregnant Matilda (blue halter) becomes the mellower she gets, although she still won’t allow me touch her unless there is food involved.  At least I can now pet her before I actually give her food.   (Her EDD is July 11th.)

The girls enjoying a sun break

The girls enjoying a sun break

Now on to the goats.  The bottle babies are doing well and Bekah is a big help with feeding them.  Last night she went out and fed both of them on her own.    All three boys have been sold to the same family and will go just as soon as they are weaned.

If there was a “wide load” contest I think Millie could easily win it!  With three weeks to go until her due date she is looking very large and uncomfortable.    Needless to say, since she is a first timer I will be camping out with her until those babies arrive.   Allie is due one week later and is also looking large, but last year she looked huge too and then only had a single large kid.  This will be her 4th kidding, so I’m not as anxious about her.  She is a good mother and knows what to do.

Allie (left) and Millie enjoying some clover

Allie (left) and Millie enjoying some clover

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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.