Sunday, February 24, 2013

Goats Having Fun, Photo Bomb

I love watching our goats on a pleasant day, they have so much fun!  Here are some pictures from Friday, we had no rain for awhile in the afternoon!

Smudge and Spritz, playing on their new tire


Cuddle huddle! (There are at least 6 goats in this picture)

Smudge (I love this little goat!)

Spritz, blurry, but smiling!

Dutch and Pilly, two peas in a pod, getting cuddles.  And Spritz, jumping in too!

Birdie, as Winnie the Pooh!  Trying to get into the baby goat's grain dish.  Spritz looking on.

Spritz, with mama Lindy behind her.  I just love how long this little gal is turning out to be!

Blitzen, such a sweet face

Ginger, also a cutie

Birdie says "hello"

Pretty Pluto

The three pregos...I mean, amigos...Eating of course!

Princess of the tire!



"Smile Pilly!"

Miss Double Dutch

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Barn Happenings

Between the next group of kiddings approaching, and my hubby being home for the week, we've gotten lots done and spent lots of time with the goats this week!

At the beginning of the week, our studly adult bucks got all prettied up...well, okay, they got brushed a bit and their hooves done, and their scurs tended to.  Here is Sunday, preening on the stand a bit:

Sunday is our coming 2 year old purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck, and he sure is turning out nicely!  This summer, both boys will be shaved down and bathed.  The sure do, uh, perfume, themselves heavily!

I completely forgot to get a current picture of Chai while he was on the stand, but here is a picture of him from last summer:

Vanilla Chai is a coming one year old purebred Nigerian Dwarf.  He is the father of the upcoming group of kids, so we are very excited to see what he produces next month, as these will be his first kids!

The next group of due dates begins next month, so the expectant mamas all got their CDT booster, BOSE supplement, and first pre-kidding hair cut this week as well.  All three does are in the process of being registered (got a little behind on paperwork last year, oops!) and will be all set by the time they kid.  Due dates fall between 3/8 and 4/8, based on when Chai was in the pen with them.

It was fun to shave them down a bit and find their little first freshening udders hiding under their winter coat! Please excuse their lack of posing, they were pretty done with being on the stand at this point :)  Here, in no particular order, are the expectant junior does:

Pilsner (Pilly), out of Amber and Sunday; bred to Vanilla Chai

Jail Bird (Birdie), out of Alibi and Sunday; bred to Vanilla Chai

Double Dutch (Dutch), out of Peekaboo and Sunday, bred to Vanilla Chai

Our other big job this week was to muck out the barn and replace the bedding in there and re-ground the pen as well.  So today, my awesome husband went and got a huge load of shavings form a local mill and we cleaned out the barn, and laid down shavings in the kidding/baby stall, the doe barn and pen, and the weaning pen.  It looks great and the goats love it!  We had recently put down fresh wood chips, but as they were already partially composted, they didn't hold up very long.  We were using horse bedding saw dust pellets in the barn, but since we were getting sawdust in our eyes, I was concerned it might irritate the goats as well.  So, now there are shavings both inside and out, and we will see how they hold up (we've liked using the baled shavings before; so this should be a more cost-effective solution, and supports a local business as well).  Sure looks nice and smells great out there!  It was getting dark as we were finishing up, so I will try for frolicking goat pictures tomorrow :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Babies loved the sun this weekend!

Smudge (retained) kissing Marshow (reserved)

Holly in front, Marshow in back (reserved, both)

Lindy with her triplets (and Smudge on the log): Ginger, gold and white, blue eyes, closest to Lindy (available); Fugde, tri color, lowest on steps (reserved); Spritz, highest on steps (retained)

Birdie (Ali's April '12 doeling), Pretty girl!  

Blitzen (available)  BIG boy (over 18lbs at not quite 8 weeks!)

Spritz catching a ride on mama!  She rode her all the way down those steps and...

across the pen! (Blitzen on the stump)

Comet (reserved) testing his strength against Birdie

Pluto says "hi!"

Ginger on top step, I really like how this little boy is turning out; he is getting some nice length (available)!

Shh!  Blitzen is hiding!

Spritz-So glad this darling is staying here!

Smudge (right) and Holly (left); beautiful girls!

A good weekend was had by all, and it was so nice to spend some extra time outside with the goaties and get some new pictures!

All the babies gained over a pound this week, and the biggest is now over 18lbs at not even 8 weeks!  Go babies go!

Most of the babies are reserved, Ginger and Blitzen are still available as bucklings ($175, with registration papers), or wethers ($125, no registration papers).

Blitzen is a solid little guy, and would make a great power buck herdsire for someone!  He is friendly, but not in-your-face, which is very nice in a buck.  His mom (Pluto) has a great udder shape and texture, and his dad (Sunday) has awesome udders behind him.

Ginger is getting to be quite long and dairy and I really like his look!  He is very friendly, and as a part-time bottle baby, he is more people-oriented than Blitzen, but still not pushy.  His mom (Lindy) has incredible capacity, and is very easy to milk with nice big teats and orifices.  His dad (Sunday) has awesome udders behind him.

Both boys are ready for their new homes anytime.  They have been disbudded, had their 1st CDT, had their hooves trimmed, and will be tattoo'd before they go to their new homes.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Baby Update

We've had quite the cold snap here the last couple of weeks, and it has been hard on all the babies.  Last weekend, I made double layer fleece coats for all of them, and they have been much more comfortable this week.  Being coated though, there have been fewer pictures taken.  Today, we went out to give CDT shots, and made a point to take coats off and take a few pictures of each one.  None of the pictures are great, as it was 28 degrees out, and the babies were quite cold without their coats.  The photos give at least a general idea of their markings.

Smudge, possibly retained

Marshow, doeling, available $250

Marshow again, she has a toasted marshmallow spot on her back

Holly, doeling, available $250

Holly again, she has a very dainty head and body structure, though it didn't come across clearly in the photos

Spritz, retained.  She's a real stunner, and I can't wait to see if she got her mama's udder

Fudge, buckling.  $175/$125 buck/wether.  Available at 8 weeks.  Fudge has gorgeous markings, great udder genetics coming from both sides, and is a real looker.  He is also wiggly and didn't want his picture taken :)

Ginger, buckling.  $175/$125 buck/wether.  Available anytime.  Full brother to Spritz and Fudge.

Comet, buckling.  $175 buck, available at 8 weeks.  This guy is so dairy looking and a real sweetheart too!  He would make a great herdsire!

Blitzen, buckling.  $175 buck, available at 8 weeks.  Blitzen is a full brother to Comet, and is also very handsome; great herdsire potential!

Blitzen again.  He has some neat markings on his back, a darker dorsal stripe.  He and Comet both enjoy being held, but did not want to pose for pictures, so that is why there are not standing up pics of these two.

Available babies:

Fudge (Dam-Lindy), buck $175, or wether $125, available at 8 weeks (2/4/13) SOLD

Ginger (Dam-Lindy), buck $175, or wether $125, available anytime (takes a bottle willingly), or at 8 weeks (2/4/13)

Holly (Dam-Alibi), doe $250, available anytime (takes a bottle willingly), or at 8 weeks (2/16/13) SOLD

Marshow (Dam-Alibi), doe $250, available anytime (takes a bottle willingly), or at 8 weeks (2/16/13) SOLD

Blitzen (Dam-Pluto), buck $175, available at 8 weeks (2/5/13)

Comet (Dam-Pluto), Buck $175, available at 8 weeks (2/5/13) SOLD