For those interested in learning what a goat birth looks like, or you just have a general fascination with the birth process, here is the video I took of Tuiti giving birth. I’ll put a break in the page, so those not interested can skip:
All our does were exposed to the bucks. The Alpine has not come back into heat, so we are assuming she is bred. She and the bucks are up for sale.
The chickens have finally laid an egg after weeks of molting. (insert Hallelujah chorus)
We are trying to get things ready to take another trip down to the land, but cars keep breaking and we did not get our camper finished in time. Looks like it may go up for sale as a parts item. I’m considering alternatives to having the camper.
We also need to get our new-to-us enclosed trailer axles fixed. I will be adding ventilation and areas for transporting items or goats or both. I’ve looked into transports, but they want current vaccinations on all animals. We can’t do that, so it looks like I need to transport them myself.
Oh the joys of the life. 😀
Pink-eye have been gone for a while, but I forgot to update. Oops. The hens are decreasing their laying. Since we do not artificially prolong laying season, sales will be ending soon. The last of the meat chickens have been processed. We only a few left for sale. Milk sales are done due to breeding season starting.
Due to so many issues, we still haven’t separated the bucks. We bought a shelter for them, and it is missing a part that is needed. The company said we’d have it by the end of this week. Well… we don’t. One doe is in heat, and her nephew has tried to breed her, but she wasn’t “standing” for it. She headbutted him into a tree. He shook it off and went to check out another doe. If the part doesn’t arrive today, instead of a temporary shelter we’ll have to run to the home store and get wood for a more permanent one. I’m also marking the date just in case.
I brought a new goat in and was unable to quarantine her, because the goat barn was so freaking hot inside. The electricity in it isn’t working right now, so I couldn’t run a fan. I had to let her in with the herd or let her die of heat stroke. The next day I noticed her eyes were “gloopy”. I didn’t pay much attention to it. Two days later, they were cloudy. Well, crud. Pink-eye.
My entire herd caught it. Since flies can carry it from goat to goat, it may not have mattered about her being quarantined. It’s our first time having it. I began herbal treatment. All but two have cleared up, and those two are having trouble shaking it. One is the “sickly” one of the group, and the other is just stubborn when being treated. It takes 2-3 people to hold her. We’re tripling our efforts on them, so my bruise collection will be glorious.
All goat sales are suspended until the herd is cleared of it and healthy again.
And — two goats came into heat early.