Babies and snow

Ewok is doing great, she’s almost ready to spend the nights in the barn with her siblings. Gluttony and Sloth are living up to their names surprisingly well. Scotch’s kids were named Cider (the boy) and Vodka (the girl) they are all growing rapidly! Tequila finally had her kids about a week ago and she turned out to be a wonderful mother, she had a larger buckling- Wrath, and a small doe with a single silver stripe on her back- HG Mercury. Wrath looks like a snowball.
Suede had her kids Saturday night, go figure had to kid on one of the coldest nights in a spell. She had triplets, two doelings and a buckling. Sadly the buckling was dead when we found them, probably froze to death is our best guess. The doelings are doing great now though, a little red and white one- Scarlet Sunrise and a buckskin- Piper’s Paradise.
Friday night and Saturday we got sleet and snow so not much else has been happening. The last nativity we were scheduled for was canceled due to ice but the Night in Bethlehem in Augusta went wonderfully.

20131223-123727.jpg

20131223-123737.jpg

20131223-123756.jpg

Advertisements

Summer coming to an End

County Fair ended yesterday with the yearly clean up, it seems to signal in bold that summer is almost over.  School is coming back into session in two weeks.

This year’s County Fair was interesting, to say the least.  Quite frankly I can’t remember half the days because of how busy I was.  But to cover some highlights, at least in my week,  I crocheted another goat blanket, this one a gray camouflage color for Ghost, Kennzy’s kid this year.  The blanket received Grand Champion in the open class.  My two paintings that I took for 4-H did really well  too.

Sadly only one of our (my sister’s and mine) market wethers made weight and he was just barely within weight.  You see, in 4-H you can sell your market animals on the last night of the fair, if they are within weight.  For goats the weight is 60 pounds and greater.  So out of the three, Hephalump, Loki, and Shakespeare, only Loki made weight.  At the scale house last Saturday he came to only 60 pounds.

The Kiko does did decent.  American Pi, Mocha’s kid from last year that we sold, won Champion AOB breeding does. (AOB means All other Breeds)  Caribou, Mocha’s kid from this year received Reserve.

That was Sunday night.  Monday night we got a lot of rain.  The dairy goats flooded out along with a lot of the meat goats and the show ring.  My two little girls, Charm and Ghost, were standing belly deep in water at 10 pm.  We didn’t know about the flood until Tuesday morning, the morning of the dairy show.  Barbie won Grand Champion Nigerian, and Kennzy received Reserve.  If Caramel Candy had been freshened she very well may have come away with Champion.

Later this month I’m picking up another doe from Dill’s-A-Little goat Farm.  I’m really looking forward to bringing her home.  Kidding will start in November with Edelweiss.  Then in December the new doe along with Tiki, Scotch, and Kalypso.  We are praying that this coming kidding season will go better that the last.

Babies!

This has been a long week.  I’m sorry if anyone was curious what all was going on with the babies… Mocha had her kids last Saturday night, Caribou and Mousse whom I posted pictures of already.  Monday afternoon Kalypso and Scotch also had their kids.  Kalypso had a single doeling (Madeira), but Scotch took Madeira as hers, leaving Kalypso terribly upset and now being milked. Scotch had a buckling (Port) and a doeling (Rum).  Tuesday afternoon about 3, Amber had her kids, she had triplets: a buckling (Hephalump), a doeling (Jamila), and another doeling (Tarragon).  Jamila was so weak when she was born she couldn’t even rock herself up off her side and it was really cold out so we brought her in to keep her alive, hoping Amber would take her back the next day.  Amber didn’t so Jamila is now a bottle baby staying in the house with us and following out for chores.  Finally Tiger had her kids Wednesday night about 8. She had two beautiful red boer/kiko bucklings, the oldest and darkest named Loki and the younger and lighter one Thor.

Weights:

Mousse (1-13): 7.8 lbs (1 day)

Caribou (1-13): 7 lbs (1 day)

Madeira (1-16): 8 lbs (2 days)

Rum (1-16): 7 lbs (2 days)

Port (1-16): 7.8 lbs (2 days)

Hephalump (1-16): 6.8 lbs (1 day)

Jamila (1-16): 5 lbs (1 day)

Tarragon (1-16): 5.8 lbs (1 day)

Loki (1-18): 7.8 lbs (2 days)

Thor (1-18): 7.6 lbs (2 days)

I marked how old they had been when they were weighed so you could see the difference 1 day makes and the difference between twins and triplets (Amber’s kids).  You can also see Madeira being the heaviest 2 day old, she was a single and also very stout.

Caramel Caribou 1-18

Caramel Caribou 1-18

Chocolate Mousse 1-18

Chocolate Mousse 1-18

Madeira 1-18

Madeira 1-18

Rum 1-18

Rum 1-18

Port 1-18

Port 1-18

Hephalump 1-18

Hephalump 1-18

Jamila (Egyptian for Beauty) 1-18

Jamila (Egyptian for Beauty) 1-18

Terragon 1-18

Tarragon 1-18

Loki 1-18 (boer/kiko)

Loki 1-18 (boer/kiko)

Thor 1-18 (boer/kiko)

Thor 1-18 (boer/kiko)

They are all doing beautifully now.  Kalypso’s milk is going to Jamila which really makes me think about everything happening for a reason.  All in God’s plan.  ?  We are finished with kidding until March! Maybe I can get some more sleep? Probably not, oh well.

Well, I only have one more picture to share just because it is really cute.

Just trying it on for size.  I small dog blanket fits Caribou perfectly, at 1 day old.

Just trying it on for size. I small dog blanket fits Caribou perfectly, at 1 day old.

First 2013 Kids!

Guess what! Our first kids hit the ground this evening! We’ve been watching Tiger for a week expecting kids at anytime, so guess what? Mocha decided she’d have her kids today.  Not yesterday when it was about 50 degrees outside, but today; it never got above 30… Any how Mocha had two kids this evening, a buckling that my sister named  Chocolate Mousse, and a doeling named Caramel Caribou.  I thought we have good pictures that I could post, but no, every picture turned out blurry and messed up.  So going to have to wait a day or so to get a decent picture.

Pharaoh and Diago finally got a home last week!  D & B boarding stables in Wichita took them in as an addition to their barn.  I’m so glad that they got a great home! Thank you D & B!

P.S. Still no kids from Tiger.

Ninja Bunny

Guess what, I finally got a chance to try and scan my Ninja Bunny comic.  (Actually just took a picture of it.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just for those curious, Bunny is the goat’s name.

 

I also got time to do another caricature of Puma.  He was the focus of the Gangsta Goat drawing earlier this year.  This is what he is actually like:

For how tough and handsome  Puma may look, like a gangster, he is essentially just a cuddly teddy bear.

New kid & Video

Well, I’m slow to get around to this, sorry, I’ve been really busy.
My sister’s kiko- Amber- finally had her kids. A buckling and a doeling. Sadly the buckling died shortly after birth. The doeling is called Atlatl, an atlatl is a spear-like weapon from what I can gather that people would throw. It seems slightly more accurate since they use a release of sorts to hold it. If you’re confused now, trust me, you’re not alone, I don’t get it either. Oh well. She is half-sister to Blu and Pi and her color is right between. She has a blue line on her back, a roan-y red on her sides and a white face. She was born on the twelfth.

Now the video. Sadly this video was taken the day before my grandma was taken to the hospital with a heart attack. That is part of the reason I haven’t posted much recently; our lives are kind of in chaos. This is the first video of Puma with everyone else. The Nigerians are getting really hyper and the kikos are managing their long legs a lot better now. 🙂