It’s been really busy lately, and I’m behind on more things than I care to mention. The weather has been extremely variable, from almost frost at night to 80 degrees. Seems there will be no transition this spring. Just a harsh jump into summer.
I’ve started the process of thinking through the goats, who to keep and who will have to go. I have to keep it small and manageable. Already as it is, I don’t have nearly enough time to do as much milking as I want, and will look to sell the 3 does I have in milk. Some of the kids are for sale, some are staying. Some of them are still under debate, and not decided yet.
Take a look at Frigg’s Goats to see what’s available. They are tested CAE free, and are dual registered with AGS and ADGA.
Don’t be shy asking questions or get in touch. I’ll be happy to help you out any way I can.
The does in milk can be shown, as they are disbudded. The kids are all horned.
Monday night Tryggur finally gave birth! For a first birth, it ended up being a difficult one, with all 3 breeched, and I needed to assist. I don’t like having to assist, especially their first time. However sometime you don’t have a choice.
First in line was a beautiful buckling. He was barely breathing when he came out, and unfortunately, after much efforts by myself and hubby, he didn’t make it. I don’t think he was meant to be. He was smaller than the girls, and I think there must have been too much pressure on him the way they were situated before being born.
All in all it ended well. The girls were big and healthy, and mom was so brave and patient. She is a wonderful mom with an extremely nice udder with plenty milk. The girls are doing fine, and so is mom. She picked up incredibly quick all things considered.
They’re all milling together now, and having a great time. Of course Smiley’s twins are the bosses, since they are older. Each morning is a hoot, with ready to roll kids running around like crazy.
Here is my beautiful Tryggur with her beautiful girls.
We’re done with the kidding for this season. All in all it went well, and we got some beautiful kids. Gjallar sired 2 sets of triplets, and Baldur a set of twin doelings. That’s my boys!!
Smiley and the twins are doing really well. They’re growing and thriving, and have everybody on their toes, even Fulla. Fulla is getting used to having little ones running around, and everybody seems happy. Mom has plenty milk and has picked up real nice after the birth.
Here they are, just over 2 weeks, hanging out with mom in the nice weather.
On Monday we celebrated earth day here, getting a healthy set of beautiful triplets from Trinity. I ended up leaving early from work as I got that “hunch” that something was going on.
Good thing I did. The active part of the birth took a tad longer than I liked, and I was just about to go in and check when she really started pushing. The first one to appear had one foreleg back, fixed that with great help from mom. There were obviously one more underway, and this guy came breeched, we managed to fix that and get him out without him suffocating. Once that was done, what do you know, another one is making it’s way, and this one decided to come upside down, and we managed to fix that. All in all, we ended up good, and mom was doing fantastic through the whole ordeal. She didn’t freak out, she pushed when she was supposed to, complete cooperation on every level. And luckily I was able to take a deep breath, close my eyes, and just go “zen”.
It’s one of those time you’re never 100% sure how you will react. It took a couple of days for it to dawn on me what a small miracle my girl and I pulled off. They were all big, robust and healthy, and continue to thrive. Mom is doing great, picked up really well and quickly, and seems to have plenty milk for all of them. She’s also a wonderful mom in making sure that all of them eats. 2 bucklings and a doeling. The first buckling is a spitting image of his dad Gjallar, and I have to laugh every time I look at him. He’s already “coined” Gjallarson. The other 2 are black and white, with the buckling a tad more “flashy” than the doeling.
There is little doubt on who runs the little pack, it’s the doeling. She tells them where the land lays all the time, and have no issues keeping the boys in check. They’re already out and about mingling with the rest. Smiley’s twins of course had to make sure the triplets knew who was here first, but they all get along well now, once the order is established.
Now we’re waiting for Tryggur, who has had me pinned down in phasing mode since yesterday. Fingers crossed for her as well. It’s her first time, so it’s a little hard to read her.