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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Baby goats and sheep update


Here's how I spent my afternoon - One of our oldest goat Mamas, Una, gave birth this morning. She is such a trooper. Una gained her name years ago as a result of having only one horn. And throughout the years, she has given us some of our best cashgora goats.
Two days ago, she had been knocked down (by those flirty boy goats) and was stuck up against the fence... dear K went to the rescue, lifted her up and away from the fence. (by the way.. pregnant female goats are not light weight..) He actually ended up calling the vet since she was quite traumatized by all the pushing and shoving from her male goat buddies.

The vet came, gave her something to settle her down once again and let us know that K was right, she was going to give birth soon. Now K is very attuned to his goats and sheep - almost like a sixth sense. He drove down several times to check on them last night... nothing... then this morning - she gave birth to the little beauty I'm holding!
Now this wonderful goat, Una, was one of the most prolific with her fleeces. hmmmm... lots of fleece (shearing is in 2 weeks) = hard for the baby goat to nurse. So down K and I went this afternoon, and gave her belly a trim.
Mama and baby are resting as we speak - and we're hoping for the best (as far as the nursing goes) Most likely K will drive back down and 'encourage' the baby again a time or two today.

Here's a few other faces from the newest members of our flock...These are the three month olds - aren't they adorable! I wish we could keep them ALL. Oh yes... and one of the Shetland sheep gave birth to a new baby yesterday.. (almost forgot amid all the action today!) Never a dull moment on the farm :-)

17 Comments:

At March 25, 2006 at 4:23 PM, Anonymous Leah said...

Seriously, AAAWWWWWW!

 
At March 25, 2006 at 4:40 PM, Blogger Pixiepurls said...

omg i want that little black baby sheep/goat LOL!

 
At March 25, 2006 at 5:48 PM, Blogger Jane said...

Oh, I love them all! Hope everyone stays healthy and happy!

 
At March 25, 2006 at 6:25 PM, Blogger Deb said...

Baaaaahhhhhhh! Happy birthday to all the new babies!

 
At March 25, 2006 at 8:37 PM, Anonymous Becky / Knitting Interrupted said...

Ohhhhh!!! Is that my little "Gypsy" you are holding??? GRIN... come on girl you knowwwwwwyou wanna name her Gypsy! She's so adorable. So are the rest of the faces : )

 
At March 25, 2006 at 8:44 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Oh, that little Shetland lamb is CUTE. Heck, they're all cute. Too much cuteness!!

 
At March 26, 2006 at 2:53 AM, Anonymous jessie said...

Love. The. Goats.

We are soon moving to an old farmstead where I can have more than just the few chickens I have now.

Any suggestions for a small farm? My husband will handle any food-type animals, like beef cows or pigs. What's fun and fibery? I am a spinner, if that helps.

 
At March 26, 2006 at 4:38 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

Goats always look so happy with their little Mona Lisa smiles! Don't tell Mona Lisa's Mom that I just compared her smile to a goat's, please.

 
At March 26, 2006 at 4:49 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

awww they are gorgeous!! I want to hold them all :)

 
At March 26, 2006 at 5:34 AM, Blogger Knittinreed said...

Aw, gee! Two new babies! They are beautiful....

 
At March 26, 2006 at 8:12 AM, Blogger Momo said...

Congratulations!!! Your baby goats are delightful, but I have to say that the shetland baby is the cutest thing evah!

 
At March 26, 2006 at 11:48 AM, Blogger amanda said...

I want one. Really I do. Wanna have K talk to M and work something out? Lucky you and what a wonderful surrogate mom K would make :O)

 
At March 26, 2006 at 12:55 PM, Anonymous Esther said...

Oh my gosh those are some beautiful gorgeous animals!! YOU GUYS ARE SO LUCKY!!! I want to live there!! (got any extra rooms?) LOL

 
At March 26, 2006 at 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Shetland wool. If I was going to get sheep I'd get Shetlands. I've been carding and spinning some Shetland this weekend as a sort of a vacation from spinning or knitting my dyed fibers.

 
At March 26, 2006 at 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Teyani, they're darling! And it's nice to see a face to go with the name.

Lissa

 
At March 27, 2006 at 5:49 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Oh, so cute! I want to come live with you too! Please, please, please! :)

 
At March 27, 2006 at 11:17 AM, Blogger Carole said...

Just adorable! Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

 

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