It has been crazy busy around here for the past few weeks. We suffered some loss, two of our goats had new kids, and we added an alpaca to the crew!
Goat kids are adorable, Nigerian Dwarf goat kids are extraordinarily so. I knew that we had some expectant mommas, but I goofed on my dates. I thought that I had another month, but oh no, I didn’t.
I was leaving for a doctors appointment, when B came running up to me, very upset. Something was wrong with Ashes, she was sick. Some kind of diarrhea, or her intestines are falling out! Hurry! I went running, and wemade it just before a sweet little baby finished his entry into the world.
Welcome to the world, Sweet Flora Farms Oscar Wild!
A temporary kidding pen was set up asap. He was a strong little guy, at almost three pounds, up and nursing right away. Ashes is kind of a crappy goat mom, but she is doing pretty well with him. He is a creamy white, with a red roan along his dorsal. His face looks exactly like his daddy, our very own resident buck, Duagwyn Odin the Allfather.
I checked on my other pregnant doe, Moonflower, as her udder was starting to fill. She was getting close. Kidding pen number two was prepared. Exactly one week later, I woke up to a cold, wet buckling on the ground, and an exhausted doe struggling to deliver her next kid.
I prepared to intervene, when the head and neck were delivered. Moonflower stopped pushing, and I realized that the kid wasn’t moving. She was delivered neck first, with her tiny head tucked under. The force of the delivery broke her neck, and caved in part of her head. There was nothing I could do, except pull the rest of her out.
Moonflower was exhausted, and wanted nothing to do with her little boy. It took me a while to get him warmed up, milk his momma, and get him to drink from the bottle. He weighed under 1 pound. Please welcome Sweet Flora Farms Apollo Rising.
Both boys are growing, and doing well. Both does are healthy, and getting back to normal. They are both easy on the milk stand, and producing lots of fabulous goat milk. We use the milk for soap, and for yummy goat cheeses.
Oh boy, this is exciting stuff! We have a freaking ALPACA!! He was rescued from a cattle auction, after being dumped by his owners who were raising him in a city yard. They were threatened with fines, so they just dropped him at a cattle auction. And now he lives here! Can you tell that I’m a little excited about it? He will provide us with fiber, and be an alarm for any danger near the goats.
We try to have fun with names around here, and I admit that I have a slight comic book super hero obsession. I talked to the kids, and I explained what an alpaca was. I was telling them about his fleece, and how it protects him in the winter, and we will shear it off in the spring. My youngest son, M, said it was like his armor that we can take off. Ah ha… Tony Stark. He is the sweetest, softest, most amazing creature.
Cold Weather Prep
Progress has been slower than I would like, but we are getting there. We are still finishing up some out buildings, which now includes a three sided shelter for Tony. Dave finished building the new milking stand for the goats, and the new chicken coop is almost finished. That should be ready for the flock within a week. I’ve also come up with a new plan to maximize our space, and make things more efficient with the animals.
This has been a rough one. Somewhere around the end of July, two of our horses started to lose weight. My first thought was the hay, we had been using a new supplier. So we switched. Still, they lost weight. I used a new wormer, in case they were building any resistance to the old one, plus increased their grain. And still, they lost more weight. The vet came out, ran fecal and blood tests. They have anaplasmosis from tick bites.
So, they are all on antibiotics, and are finally gaining weight again. They lost over 100 pounds in two months. It was the craziest thing I have ever seen. I’m just so happy that we figured it out, and they are getting better.
Wrapping it up
I have been trying to get soaps ready for the holiday season, so that has kept me busy. (more on that soon) With five kids at home, going through cold weather clothes is a huge chore too. I have to make sure that everyone has stuff that fits, and make lists of thing we need to get. Oh yeah, and Halloween is coming, and Thanksgiving, and J’s birthday, and Christmas, and we homeschool. Is your head spinning yet?
As you can see, its been a bit busy. Sometimes its crazy, but I wouldnt change a thing. ( well, maybe more land) I am the luckiest woman alive.
Until next time, stay busy my friends.