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.
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. 🙂
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.
above: my sister sitting with the goats on the ranch
Above: The kids are so helpful with putting up their shelter. Later they were found standing on top of it when it was up.
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.
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:
The neckline is low enough for grazing and the bottom is high enough not to tangle. All based off of about 4-6 measurement.
The neckline is designed to hug the shoulders and chest and far enough back to allow full head motion.
Bunny being kind and modeling her blanket. Every blanket has BB or BB Goats embroidered on it.
The hearts are just working two-three strands of yarn and picking up different colors.
Latest blanket- measured for Black Lace. I wove three heart designs into it.
I made this little blanket to try for the three-four month old kids. Sadly it is more sized for two-three months.
The blanket I made for Bunny I took to County Fair in the open fiber arts and got the Grand Champion
Second Blanket- measured for Bunny (Astartie)
First blanket- originally measured for Barbie. I secure the girth strap on one side with stitching and on the other two buttons, for a small amount of size change for grass bloat or pregnant 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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
Well, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to post this, but I have a new website that I’m building up. Trying to get our herd out there so there might be more buyers.
Anyhow I’ll still post on here for anyone interested about more news around our farm.
Here’s the link: bbgoats.com