Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Two More Babies!!!

This time a boy and a girl.. These are Velvet's kids.. The boy will be sold and the girl will be kept.. They're eating good.. Sorry, maybe I'll have more details later.. I haven't quite woken up yet.. Here are pics.. Had to take two of the boy since he wouldn't stay still and insisted on getting his legs stuck in the cracks of the couch..

Buckling 3

Buckling 3

Doeling 1

Monday, March 23, 2009

Our First Goat Kids!!!

Prima had her babies today! Twin bucklings! I am so excited and so nervous at the same time.. I really needed girls for my kinder project, but I'm still really stoked about our first two healthy, happy babies.. I will be selling these boys so if you're interested, just email me.. I'm in central Florida.. Anyway, without further ado.....

Buckling 1

Buckling 2

Aren't they adorable?!!! I've already dipped their navels in iodine and they've both had about 3 oz of store bought milk with powdered colostrum in it.. Right now they're cuddled against me dozing..

Anyway, need to go check on mom and see if she's passed the placenta yet..

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What I Did Today

Most of the day we went to Dinosaur World for the younger son's bday.. But then I finished cleaning out the goats' shelter in preparation for the babies arrivals.. Bluebell is due a week from tomorrow.. I actually started it yesterday but then stopped to go to Pam and Hugh's to clean out a stall for them.. Hugh hurt his back cleaning out another stall and Pam was busy with her little girl and making goat harnasses and stuff.. You can check out her really neat goat gear here.. Speaking of which, tomorrow I'm going to take a pic of the halter and lead that she made for me.. Great products for great prices.. Anyway, here is a pic of the cleaned out goat shelter..

Cleaned shelter

Before I even got done spreading out the shavings, Velvet came in and peed.. Reminds me of when the cat lived in the house and she'd stand there watching me, waiting for THE second I was done.. If I turned my back to get something before I was done, she'd go ahead anyway.. Velvet was also my main supervisor.. The other two only came in occasionally to take a look.. Prima peed on the bare cement.. I guess she didn't approve of how long I was taking or something.. I had left it only half done yesterday.. Tomorrow I'll take a so-so bail of hay and spread it over the shavings for more cushiness..

Now I have to finish cleaning off the rest of the pen (all cement).. I think the cement makes it a little easier to clean because I can just use a shovel to scrape it up and a broom to get up the rest.. But I think it also makes it necessary to clean it more often because the urine doesn't soak through into the ground..

With the rest of my day, I'm going to sit here and do nothing.. = D

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's Official! The Girls are Mine! And Other Stuff

Got the new registration papers for the goats today, listing me as the owner.. You may now call me Farmer Kitti! Ok, maybe wait until the babies are born..

I am also starting my chicken project now, apparently.. Occasionally I bid on some blue orpington eggs on ebay, but I never get them because somebody always outbids me.. Well, last week I actually won an auction.. The eggs arrived today.. There are 12 blue orpington eggs, and three extra from other breeds.. You can see them in the middle to the left.. The two dark eggs I believe are welsummer eggs, another favorite breed of mine.. The egg in the middle of those two is labeled as a rock egg.. I don't really care for rocks myself.. A little too flighty.. But maybe it'll be a hen since rocks are great layers.. If not, we can always invite a young roo to dinner..

Blue orpington eggs and extra

For the last couple of days I've been working to get an incubator put together.. I had all the ingredients already except for the cooler, the wire bottom, and the glass for the top.. (I had the other parts from building a similar incubator before..)


I'm really excited because I've wanted blue orpingtons for a long time.. I really hope I get a good hatch.. I'm not going to hold my breath too tightly because they did come all the way from Arizona.. Hopefully they passed through some gentle hands..

Last, but not least, I'd like to introduce my son Marcus' new bunny, Splotch.. He's been wanting a dutch rabbit for some time now.. So when I went to the feed store last week and saw that they had a couple dutch, I just had to get him one.. Splotch isn't a quality bred bunny.. As a matter of fact, my son named him Splotch because he has a big splotch of color in the white band on his back.. He's a cutey though.. That is also one of our dogs in the pic.. Bonnie.. She's a chihuahua/dachshund mix.. She's very smart and is a really good dog.. She treats any small creatures as her baby.. She loves Splotch..

Bonnie and Splotch

Anyway, I think that's it for now.. Just waiting for the girls to kid.. Bluebell only has about a week and a half left.. I'm going to have to start keeping a very close eye on them now.. When I get up to check Kaitlyn's blood sugar, I'll be going out and checking on the girls.. Can't wait for the babies! I'm so excited.. That reminds me, I still need to test out my new double boiler to see if I can get it to hold 135 degrees for an hour so I can heat treat the colostrum..

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Less Than a Month To Go!

So, here are the goat girls, about 3 weeks away from kidding.. Getting a little fatter.. I think will only have one or two kids each.. Hope I get all does.. Velvet is developing an awesome udder for a first freshener.. Or I think so.. I'm no pro.. But looks pretty awesome to me.. Can't wait to see how her babies look..

Prima side
Prima backside

Velvet side
Velvet backside

Bluebell side
Bluebell backside

And then a video of them all..