Monday, May 2, 2011
Who's Your Momma!
We are in the heat of goat birthing with one doe yet to kid. I have only reached near hysteria a couple of times around here. Nubian goats are very vocal(as in screaming) whilst kidding, and it is hard to listen to at times, as I can relate to the pain of childbirth. Here is a picture of all my kids thus far, all 7 of them. I know who the daddy is, as I only used the one buck, but sorting out who the Momma is, can be challenging. Here is a picture of all the kids warming up in the sun. My count thus far is 3 does and 4 buck kids.
Coco, my herd matriarch, is due to kid on Friday. She looks to have triplets, hopefully not quads. Poor girl, waddling all over the goat yard.
We are having to bottle feed 2 kids so far, Dosado who had triplets, will only feed one of her kids, as she gets too overwhelmed when all three go for her. We, or should I say, I am getting 3/4 gallon of milk from her in the AM and 1/2 gallon in the PM.
This past weekend we went to a goat extravaganza in Greeley Colorado, 25 miles from our home. I just had to take a picture of this immense Boer Buck. Friendly as all get out. All 350# of him.
Was very difficult to get a picture of him, as he wanted to sniff the camera.
Also, I saw goats with socks on their feet. They trim up the feet, and oil them, then cover them up to stay pretty for their time in the show ring.Here a gal is working on the feet of her Lamancha doe.
You can really tell the people who love their goats, as they had little warm up outfits on. When showing goats, a lot like to shear them, and it was very cold and windy that day. Isn't the food on the other side of the fence, always better????
Goat grooming area.
Had the whole family over for Easter, and a good time was had by all. Dennis and I have finally finished off all the Easter treats. Good thing that I had my yearly blood draw prior to Easter. This was the favored toy at Easter, by babies,and adults alike..
A little bunny, that when you squeezed its tummy, would sing a Easter tune. Kind of reminded me of Mr. Bill from the 80's I do believe.Lily with her new toy, she had a hard time keeping it away from the adults..
Alli and Oop were sheared last week as I don't think that they will shed out on their own.
They need to be 87% hair sheep to do that, and they are a little over 1/2. The shearer was very fast, and held them as we did their feet. We are thinking of breeding them to a Dorper Ram. Pictured here.
Well, we are trying to get all those little projects done before the heat of summer sets in. Seems like an endless thing. Now with bottle feeding baby goats, and milking, the days sure fly by fast.
Whilst out shopping, I spotted this wine, I just had to have it as it describes some of my days here on the prairie. Mad Housewife wine.
On the back of the bottle is written "SOMEWHERE NEAR THE COOL SHADOWS OF THE LAUNDRY ROOM. PAST THE LITTER BOX AND BETWEEN THE PLASTIC YARD TOYS. THIS IS YOUR TIME. TIME TO ENJOY A MOMENT TO YOURSELF. A MOMENT WITHOUT THE MADNESS. THE DISHES CAN WAIT. DINNER BE DAMNED." What was written on the cork, was also priceless, and words to live by.
The wine was OK the first day, but vinegary the next. It will have an honored place above my kitchen sink, however.