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.

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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.

10/17/12

Well, I’ve had an interesting day. Took PSAT this morning, found out about two hours later how to do the final math problem.  Fun.  Got home today and checked my email: promptly got cussed out by a person on YouTube for trying to tell a couple others to quit being so rude to the first person.  I’m so glad people are grateful.  Then got on here… I haven’t had a lot of time to keep up with the inbox of comments that are more-than-likely spam and found I had several spam messages with really interesting sender names. Why can’t the spam filter pick up more of the messages that are really, really weird?

Anyhow, about the goats which is probably all the few of you reading this are interested in. We’ve got half of our herd out on a boys’ ranch right now eating the weeds out of their lagoons.  Hopefully Diago and Pharaoh will find permanent homes with the boys out there. 🙂  The kiko does are all planned to kid in January  or February and the nigerians will be kidding about March and April.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the little babies again.

I can’t think of much else to update without going into a rant that no one wants to hear.  I hope you all have a good evening.

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above: my sister sitting with  the goats on the ranch

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Above: The kids are so helpful with putting up their shelter. Later they were found standing on top of it when it was up.

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Above: Driving T-posts is an art… not really, I just got nominated to drive them while my dad held the panels to the U shape.

Summer Projects

Thanks to the help I got from the help forums I’m back to being able to post.  🙂  And just a thought, I decided to post some of the projects my sister and I have been working on recently.

I think I’ll start with my sister. Earlier this year when we butchered out the wether she had raised, my sister decided to try to tan his hide.  It worked out beautifully, sounds morbid to put it that way…  Any how, later in June when we sold a goat and butchered it out for the buyer she tanned its hide also.  I’m just going to post a couple of pictures of each hide.  They were tanned with hair on.

 

The back of the doeling’s hide that was butchered and tanned in July.

The hair side of the same doeling

The back side of the wether’s hide butchered in February.

The hair side of the wether’s hide butchered in February

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. 🙂