Thursday, March 11, 2010

Oregon Sunshine - This One's For You!

My Saanan/Alpine crossbred goat named Toonie (actually Petunia since her mom is Clover) was bred to my registered Alpine buck Mr. Ritter. She was due to have her babies about the same time as the sheep since goats are easier to milk than sheep if I had a bummer lamb. The sheep all lambed with no problems. (I pulled Loretta's twins but only because I can't stand to watch little feet go in and out more than five times.)

Anyway, last Wednesday went I went out to feed I found two solid white bucklings in the pen with Toonie. They were dry and their mouths were warm which meant that they had nursed. They were up on their feet and bouncing around.

Moral of the story - they CAN do it on their own. Don't worry so much. And if you need help, you have my numbers. Call me.

Unfortunately, these are bucklings and of no use to me. When they were 24 hours old I put them on craigslist. Buy one get one free $50. They went to a good goat home where one will remain a buck and the other will be wethered.


  1. Such cuties. So, what do you do with all the goat milk?

  2. gtyyup - I trade goat milk for farrier work! And I make cheese and ice cream.

  3. Cute! I am still playing the waiting game. Got Honey sheared and she's not very big. Going to work on shearing Beatrice later today.

    I've also been observing the neighbor's boers, since I know FOR SURE when they were bred. My girls are not showing the same physical changes, yet.

    If your kids had been doelings, I might have gotten my friend to stuff them in her luggage when she comes to visit at the beginning of April. :)

  4. Oh tooo cute!! We saw some itty bitty goaties today, and I wondered how much fun it might be to have a couple around....

    You ever make goats milk soap AK? LOVE that stuff.

  5. OS - If I had doelings they would have stayed with me! The whole lot was bucklings this year. Ritter has one more year to prove that he can throw girls or he's headed out of town.

    Mrs. Mom - I want to learn how to make soap. However, the ice cream is so delicious that I just may use up all the milk doing that. Not good for my waistline but......

  6. Aunt Krissy makes goats milk soap. If you asked her really, really nice, she might share her recipe. She's at Transplanted Alaskan and linked on my blogroll.

    Once again, blogger doesn't like my ID...


  7. Was also meaning to ask, what method do you use for wethering?

  8. OS - I read Aunt Krissy's blog, followed off yours. I was gonna ask you if you thought she'd share.

    I band all the boys and the lambs tails too. It's easy (after the first time), the tools are inexpensive and I don't think it causes any more pain than any other method.

  9. Oh, she'd probably share. She gave it to me because I'm far enough away I'm not in a competitive market.

    Banding, well, that's 2 votes for banding. The Storey's Guide finds it to be inhumane. We were thinking of the burdizzo ourselves as it seems to be a shorter amount of pain. But I hadn't decided yet. Remind me in email to tell you about shearing Beatrice. It's rather shocking.

  10. Thanks for the well wishes AK ;)

    Trust me girl-- I'd take that foot of snow and 5* right now, if it meant that things in our life could settle down and STAY that way. Which it probably won't, until we can move. *sigh*

    I'm gettin too old for this.

  11. They're both such cuties! Are they already gone, at 24 hours old? Don't they need to be with their mom and then weaned before they go to a new home? I know nothing about goats so I find it very curious.

  12. Fantastyk - These boys went to a home that will bottle feed them until they are old enough to be weaned onto an all grain/hay diet. They will be handled every day and well socialized. Dairy critters' babies are pulled after a day or two because babies are a by product. The girls are usually kept for replacements.

    If they had been girls I would have kept them on mom until they were 12 weeks old, like I do the sheep.