Another Kid in school – Penelope’s first born

With a solid night of rain, Penelope figured it was time to join Lola in motherhood. I walked down to the stalls this morning and thought, weird wonder why Lola is out with only one of her Kids, then I realized, nope. It was Penolope and her first born. We arent sure sex of the kid yet since we where running behind our normal schedule and I only had enough time for feeding the hogs, milking, feeding all the goats, cleaning out the stalls (after birth mess and all) and then getting Penelope set in her stall (we keep the mothers and kids in stall lock-up for the first 3 days. To promote bonding and good milking (at least I think that’s why we do it, Jamie knows all the whys).

Penelope and kid

 

Penelope's 1st kid

Meet Lola

Lola (Nigerian/ Lamancha ): She and Penelope are sisters, also 5 months old when we get her (DOB April 2015) She is friendly, but more stand offish and is not “food centric” like the other goats. Weird thing is she doesn’t really care for sweet feed, at most she takes a mouth full. Her and our eldest female Nadine tend to butt heads more then any others( she Lola has no fear of Nadeen). Unfortunately for Lola Nadine has horns, is larger and 5 years old…. 

Lola hanging at the fence

Lola hanging at the fence

Meet Penelope

Penelope (Nigerian/ Lamancha ): She was 5 months old when we got her (DOB April 2015) and very friendly with all the other goats as well as us. Which of course means the other goats are rude towards her and is the being picked on. Meaning she tends to get the most head-butts, and doesn’t get to eat with te others, but really she doesn’t seem to care.

Penelope hanging at the fence

Penelope hanging at the fence

Soldier boy

I forgot to introduce our newest goat! He was born Aug 2015. His parents are both from Maine which was important to me because I didn’t want him to have any ties to the area for breeding reasons. I picked him up near Afton. He was only 4 months old at the time but already showed interest in the girls. He seems to like people more then goats even. As I was driving home with him I noticed he was coughing. It wasn’t from stress of being moved bc it started as soon as I got him in the car. I checked a fecal and he had a lot of lung worm eggs, so I dewormer all of them with Ivermectin. Which worked perfect with my deworming rotation anyway. He still coughs once in a while but it’s not often so I’m jaunt goin to wait until the end of this month to do a fecal and see which dewormer I should use next.

  

Alpine Dairy – bitchyness a blessing in disguise

We have had to separate our Alpine dairy doe from the rest of the herd at night in a locked pen, similar to how some people do with horse’s, their own pen. This keeps her from being a bitch to our smaller Nigerian-lamacha mix at night and keeps young Albert away. the end result is a happier group and more milk in the mornings and throughout the day for us. Since we started this we have gone from 8-12oz a day to 20-24oz. We are still hoping that we can get her up to to at least a full quart, but right now we are excited to get the increased amount. We are finally exceeding our sons needs (who is lactose intolerant, has terrible reactions to normal dairy) and have stopped buying milk for our own uses. Though we don’t really use too much in our daily lives, mainly just for coffee.

 

 

Self Realization – We are mini-farmers

Over the last few days it has finally sunk in that we are actual mini-farmers now. We wake-up and have to deal with goats (milking) my lunch times have been spent refilling water and food dishes, mending fences, and of course milking the goat. Then finally before bed we have to milk and shut in the goats for the night.

Only “issue” now is we are still working out the kinks, so its not just routine, its build, rebuild and then modify. We are getting there. But still have things to wrap up. Like how to more easily move our electric fence around. We have great neighbors (Anne and Ed, thanks guys!)  to our one side which enjoy the goats and have let us fence in a chunk of their forest so the goats have stuff to eat over the winter. But moving the fence from our forest to theirs was a total PITA, so we have to figure out a way to avoid the nylon rope electric fence tangle mess from rehappening.

we will be butchering a few of the guineas on Friday/weekend. They eat a lot are noisy and frankly we don’t need 5. We will be keeping 2 hens and “the man” incase we decide to hatch some more for meat or to sell.