Graduation time

Well, I’m terribly sorry for not posting anything in so long.  I just haven’t had the time.

Since my last post Kennzy and Barbie kidded.  Both kidded within the first 10 days of April. Barbie kidded first, two little boys, one black with a gray ruff and a spot on his head (called Levi) and the second: black with a small brown spot on his back and a white forehead (Sebastian).  Sadly Levi died about three-four days old.  We aren’t sure why he died, he wasn’t acting good one evening, we tried to bottle feed him in case he wasn’t nursing good off his mom, but left him with her, the next morning he was dead.  I am thoroughly tired of the babies dying this year.  I’ve been told repeatedly that it happens to everyone, but it’s just been a tough year for me.  The good side though is Barbie is healthy and Sebastian is doing wonderfully.  He is now the biggest Nigerian kid we have right now, he’s bigger than Magic! She’s a month older than him!

Kennzy kidded two-three days after Barbie, before Levi died.  She had a doeling, mainly white with a tri-colored head (Macabre Calico, or Ghost) and a black and white buckling with blue eyes (Romeo).  Romeo was picked as a pet to go to his new home early June with Hypnotic (Blackberry).  Ghost will be my show doeling this year. Front to back: Romeo, Ghost, and behind is Sebastian.

Romeo & Ghost 4-13

School’s almost out, so theoretically I should have more time to post but I have a new job that is taking a bit of time  and other responsibilities.  So I’ll try to get new posts, just not promising timeliness. 🙂

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Happy New year

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything recently.  As far as stuff I can write about, very little has happened recently.  We finally got snow this morning! Maybe a sign that this year will be better than the last two???? Maybe? Please, God, we dearly need rain. 

Oh well, kidding season for the kikos is almost upon us, Tiger is really close now, and after she kids I don’t believe any of the others will kid until closer to mid-January.  We still have two kiko doelings- Pi and Atl- that are needing homes, also Puma and Sable are still for sale.  Please check out our website: bbgoats.com for more details if you’re interested.  I’ll post our more recent pictures when I can.

Today is the last day for the Nigerians that I’m milking this year.  I already pulled Bunny off the milking set three days ago, it has been almost impossible to get much milk recently.  There is little grass left that the does like in the pasture, and the water is hard to keep accessible for the shorter ones.  They also really seem to hate the weather swings this year.  One day we can go out with just a jacket, the next we have to bundle up in full winter gear.  I made my last batch of cheese yesterday and I’m not sure what will happen with the left over quart, I haven’t found any cheeses that take just a quart. We’ll probably just drink it or use it in gravy. 

Since I said something about the kiko doelings; Pharaoh and DIago are still looking for homes.  They are really sweet and love attention. Again, if you’re interested these two are posted on our website linked above, please check it out. 

We’ll be having new babies soon so check back often.  All Nigerian wethers (Boys) will be posted on the “for Sale” page on our site.  Because of how long it has taken to find this year’s wethers homes, I will post the 2013 wethers the day of or the day after they are born depending on my time schedule.  I wish I could, but I can’t keep every one of these cute guys.  They make great pets though!

I haven’t had time to finish any holiday drawings/paintings, I’m sorry to anyone who may read my posts just for those. (I seriously doubt anyone actually does that.) 

But to everyone: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I’ll post something next year!  See you in 2013 🙂

Summer Projects II

 

Well that didn’t work as well as I thought.  I couldn’t get the pictures to lay out right so I figured I’d just start a new post for the other item I wanted to show.  I’ve been doing a little bit of crocheting this year and came up with a design for a  goat blanket.  I needed to fix up some goat blankets anyhow because with the dairy goats you have to completely shave them for show and sometimes it gets pretty cold over night at some of the shows.  So I played around with measurements for a while and came up with these:

Cartoons

Well I’ve been playing with drawings, trying to see if I could do little comic strips of our goats.  There are tons of comics with cats and dogs doing stuff.  Why not goats?  They’re just as crazy if not crazier after all.  So here are a few of my first tries:

“Head-Butt!”

First cartoon image for our goat herd  I get all the ideas for the cartoons from the goats.  This one I was out finishing chores and got a chance to just stand and watch the kiko and nigerian dwarf kids play for a little while.

“Bucket Flight”

Just the inspiration though.  I thought after watching Magpie, one of the Nigerian Dwarf kids hopping around, what if a kid really had a dream of actually flying?  So with the help of a cattle egret who was in the pasture, she hijacked a bucket to fly.  Sadly the scanner cut off her mother on the ground who is totally freaking as her daughter flies up and away.

Caricatures:  Another part of this whole cartoon thing is drawing little caricatures of the goats.  Especially the ones with shining personalities.  Puma’s started as a joke because he was wondering loose in our barn during chores with a lead on, but to keep him safe the black handle of the lead was hooked over his horns.  I looked over and saw him, a chain hangin’ around his neck and a black band around his horns and jokingly called him “Gangsta goat”  and this is where it ended up:

And for anyone curious.  I’m planning on posting more of my cartoons as I finish them.  Hopefully the next one will be done soon. 🙂

Show & New Goat

I just got home from a three day goat show.  My goats did alright. Gypsy (Wild Gypsum Rose) did the best of the group.  She got first in one of her classes and then second in her other class.  The others ranged mainly mid-class. 

On the good side, I’ve bought my last Nigerian Dwarf doe!  Caramel Candy, from Dills a Little Goat Herd in Oklahoma. My sister has deemed her “Bugsy” or “Bugs” because she chatters at us constantly and has large eyes. She’s a nice little dairy type doe with large chocolate eyes.  She has a medium brown from her elbows back and black from the elbows forward.  I’m looking forward to seeing her in the show ring and seeing her kids. 

I’m hoping anyone reading this has had a nice weekend and I hope to get pictures of Bugs fairly soon.

Sold goats

Well, this week has been great as far as the goats go! I’m preparing for the Land of Oz Dairy goat show this weekend and I’ve got my last doe for this year on line for milking. This week I’ve sold three goat kids! Rothgar, Cord’s kid who was half kiko, was bought as a pet for one of my sister’s friends. Joker, Kenzie’s kid, and Kit, Bunny’s kid were just sold this Saturday and today to a lady who is starting up her dairy herd again. I’ve got two more wethers for sale, and at least one doeling who will be for sale and able to be picked up in September since she’s going to the State Fair.

Delayed

Long time no see.  Hmm, a lot has happened. We’ve had four more kids born since Atl was born.  One of my Nigerian Dwarfs got bred by the Kiko buck.  Luckily her and her kids were and are healthy and happy.  She had a buckling- Rothgar- and a doeling- Edelweiss.  Rothgar is a very intense blue color with a white spot on his side. His sister Edelweiss is white with rose dusting.  They’re a month old or so now…

I had two others born also, just two weeks ago now, from the little calico- Kenzie- the last Nigerian who was bred.  She had a buckling- Joker- and  a doeling- Gypsum.  Joker is tri-colored and Gypsum is black and white basically.  She is graying over most of her body, with a white star on her forehead a white spot on her side, and what my mom calls “spats” on her feet.  They both have blue eyes too!

My grandma is out of the hospital now and doing great.  After a heart attack then a stroke, she finally got out of rehab just this week. 🙂

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