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though I have learned a good bit from my own experiences and extensive readings!)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Day with the Goats Pt. 3: Labor and Kidding

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Around 5 PM, I went out to check on Mabel.  Her due date was May 31st, but her udder had been filling all day, and was now tight and hard.  Now her ligaments were significantly looser, almost "gone".  (For signs of early labor, see this blog post:  Another Day with the Goats Pt. 2: Early Signs of Labor...)
I quietly concluded that we would have kids on the ground in the next day or two, and hurried back into the house.
That night, I checked on her at 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30.  The last time, I decided to stay out there with her.  (I soon regretted this decision, since the goats were intensely interested by my curling up in a chair in the corner of the stall, and Freda, not being as preoccupied as Mabel,wanted to climb into the chair with me.)  But, believing in all my wisdom that Mabel was very close to kidding, I stuck to my decision, and stayed in the chair.

Fast forward to 10:45, when the video begins.  I had stayed in the barn most of the morning, determined not to miss this kidding, the way I missed Nelly's.
As a consequence of staying out there that long, I was finally on hand for the whole birth.  And now, I'll let the video explain the rest.

Monday, June 9, 2014

More Kid Pictures~ Mabel's Nubian/ Boer Kids

This morning I finally got around to taking some more pictures of the kids.  Some of these are not the best...  It isn't the easiest thing in the world to try to get decent photos of three bouncy little goats, two of which are constantly climbing into one's lap.  They are all quite friendly, especially the doeling and Bramble (the red buckling).  They are growing like weeds, especially the bucklings.  You can see that they are already a good size for 11 days old.





Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Another Day with the Goats: Pt. 5- Contracted Tendons in Newborn Kids


Have you ever seen a kid with legs so bent that it is walking on it's knuckles?  This is usually a condition known as contracted tendons.  Bent legs in newborns are not uncommon, and are not such a very bad thing.  Usually, this condition caused either by improper nutrition (deficiency in vitamins A & D, or selenium) or by crowding in utero, sometimes by both.  This buckling is one of Nelly's triplets.  He and one of his sisters had badly bent legs, the other one also had slightly bent legs.  Good news:  the legs straightened out in just a few days (3 if I remember correctly).  In the video below, I show the kids legs and the treatment.  I hope this helps someone!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Boer/ Nubian Kids for Sale

Mabel kidded today (May 29th) with triplets.   And, for the first time, I got to be present for the birth!  I am so glad to have finally gotten to be in on it.  And turns out, it was a good thing I was since the first kid was upside down.  It wasn't too much of a problem, but it would have been much harder on Mabel if I hadn't been there.  And we even got the whole thing on video.  (Which means that I will inflict it on my readers as part of the "Another Day with the Goats" series.)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Of Spring Cleaning, Annual Baths and Haircuts, Angus, and Waiting For Mabel...

I just got back from a week taking care of my grandparents place, with Mama and seven of my siblings.  We had a nice time, but it felt oh, so good to get back!
And when we got back, I had fresh energy to accomplish some annual chores that had been put off for a while, namely, the annual baths and haircuts!

This photo is actually a few years old... We didn't take any this year.

A Visit to Jesse El Rubio~ Palomino Paso Fino Stallion

Have you ever heard of a stallion that calmly tolerates, even enjoys, being handled, groomed and ridden by 12 complete strangers, most of whom are children?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don’t Give Up on Your Failed Guard Dog - Hobby Farms

Don’t Give Up on Your Failed Guard Dog - Hobby Farms



Looking through an old Hobby Farms magazine today, I ran across this article.  It so clearly shows the wrong mindset of many farmers who buy a Great Pyrenees, and the disastrous results that can follow.  Remember, Great Pyrenees are large, powerful dogs, with natural guarding instincts, so not giving them the training and attention they need can cause major problems.  Thankfully, there are people out there who care about these magnificent dogs, and are in a position to help them.  And this is also the reason why I make potential owners fill out an application form, and talk to them over the phone or in person before I will reserve a puppy for them.  Such great dogs deserve to be set up, and trained, for success.