Posts Tagged "Charlotte"

The Sugarplum and the Field Captain

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Goatherd | Milkmaid, Winter | Comments Off on The Sugarplum and the Field Captain

I suppose that you could say our kidding season for 2011 was fast and furious.  The first twins arrived just at the end of January with a brisk freeze to send them straight into the house to spend the night.  Less than a week later, we were facing a forecast of several nights in the twenties and teens. On Groundhog Day, we quickly prepared a heated stall in the horse trailer for Marie and her soon-to-be-born triplets.  We also realized that something was terribly wrong with Annie. Annie has never done well in cold weather. If the wind is blowing too briskly, she preferred to stay in the barn and out of it.  After all, the Nubian is better suited for heat than cold.  Last winter was fairly cold, and she certainly was happy to see the warm Summer.  In December, she lost her pregnancy early and certainly lost a bit of sparkle in her eye.  This winter had been colder still, and kept her in at times so she could spend the days in the sheltered sunshine of the dairy goat barn.  As we prepared for the Arctic blast, I tried various coats on her to help keep her warmer, but even adding a heat lamp in the stall and four or five warm bodies cuddled up to her I realized that she was failing fast.   My sweet Annie passed away that night. The next two days were some of the coldest I remember seeing in Texas.  Three days of 12 degree wind chill and frozen pipes, a half-inch of ice on the troughs each morning, and our stock  tank in the front field froze completely across.  That might sound like regular winter weather for some folks, but we live 40 miles south of San Antonio because we like it warm, y’all. In those frigid days we also saw three of our two-year-old does deliver their first kids.  Bay Laurel, Hyacinth and Camo had a total of five between them – all within eighteen hours of each other.  They each did such a marvelous job with quick deliveries and are so mature in both their physical and mental health that I won’t hesitate now to hold all of my young does’ breeding until they are two years of age at the first kidding.  I can also happily see that the influence of Jack’s Nubian siring has provided wonderful dairy influence on each of the Boer and Spanish does to which he was bred.  Any of these young does could be brought into hand as smaller-framed milk goats, and I will certainly look forward to more of them. As Saturday dawned we looked forward to thawing out, but then my heart sank to see that Charlotte was in the barn and wasn’t able to stand up.  We began to treat her for milk fever, as this stress in the last days of pregnancy can cause weakness in the muscles.  She remained in good spirits, and took her round-the-clock treatments in stride.  JW and I lifted her periodically to help her stretch and move her legs.  Just ahead though, another three-day blast of arctic air would set upon us.  On Charlotte’s fourth morning down, the front blew in and she went into labor.  Fully expecting the kids to be lost, I was amazed as I helped her deliver a live set of twins.  Charlotte had just enough energy to nicker to each of them before her as I rushed to dry them in the cold.  The kids were brought to a warm kennel in the house, and Charlotte was...

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Charlotte’s Twins ~ 2010

Posted by on Mar 4, 2010 in Boer Goat, Goat Kid, Spring | Comments Off on Charlotte’s Twins ~ 2010

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Video ~ Charlotte, the Beer Drinking Goat

Posted by on May 1, 2009 in Goat Video | Comments Off on Video ~ Charlotte, the Beer Drinking Goat

We found out by accident that Charlotte likes beer when she stood on the fence and pestered JW until she could reach the bottle. She is quite demanding, and tries to convince him to share whenever she sees a beer. Don’t walk out to the pasture with a cold one! [hdplay id=7 ]

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Charlotte’s Easter Eggs ~ 2009

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 in Boer Goat, Goat Kid, Spring | 2 comments

Charlotte watched the new goats arrive with an air of indignation.  It was as if she thought attention was being drawn away from her!  Hmmm…  Now that I think of it, Charlotte watches MOST things like that, seemingly calculating how to make herself the center of attention. Charlotte stays with the herd, but I can’t say that she really has any “friends” among the Spanish goats.  I have been hoping that she would have a nice healthy girl this year so she would have a partner on her side. Well, in addition to being healthy, it appears that Charlotte and the Easter Bunny were in cahoots as she delivered the most uniquely marked kids yet this year!  They are big beautiful kids, and moved straight to the head of the class for being the runningest, jumpingest, having-the-funnest kids in the field! I think that the buckling might just be my new spoke-goat for the Goat Milk campaign!  Isn’t he funny with his little white moustache? I’m calling the little girl Hyacinth for Springtime and flowers and soft pastel color.  And, just in case anybody might have noticed a pattern…  We officially have Hyacinth, Daisy, Rose, and Violet!  Now how’s that for “keeping up appearances?” Don’t you want to just grab ’em and kiss...

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You Have “Goat” to be Kidding Me!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2008 in Boer Goat, Dairy Goat, Spring, Visions of Sugarplums | Comments Off on You Have “Goat” to be Kidding Me!

With one goat kid on the ground and more on the way, we thought it might be a good idea to have a dairy goat on hand in case the need for extra milk arises. So, off I went to peruse the classified ads on Craig’s List. What do you know? A gal not far from here was in need of some cash after her teenage daughter had a fender-bender car accident. She did indeed have a yearling Nubian dairy goat who had been bred to a pure Saanen dairy goat. She was due to have her first kid within the next month. I made arrangements to meet at her house the next afternoon, and off we went. Annie, as she is called, was raised on a bottle herself and is much smaller than other goats of her breed. She also knows her name and is a very friendly little girl. We had a great visit with the gal, who has even more animals than I do! Her own web site is Jen’s Funny Farm where you can see some entertaining pictures of her Fainting goats. I pointed out to JW that I had a long way to go to catch up with a gal who has emus and llamas. What a lucky boy he is that I tend to stick with the traditional livestock – named and loved and spoiled, nonetheless! She certainly does know her name, and will follow me like a puppy. She is not as rough and tumble as the “field crew” and spent her first night in the chicken coop until we built her a proper pen in the yard the next day. As befits such a beautiful face, her favorite treats are the myriad of wildflowers throughout the yard. It will take quite a lot of that pretty charm though to offset the enormous amount of belching and grunting from such a dainty little girl! I take her out into the yard a couple of times during the day to graze. If she were loose, she would head straight for the newly-planted trees so I keep her on a length of rope, and stake her out to a tire to keep her in one area at a time. JW also picked out another goat at Jen’s Farm, Charlotte, who had twin boys at her side. I was a little apprehensive at first about throwing Charlotte into the big pen since our initial gang can be pretty rowdy and like to head butt each other around. Not to worry, Charlotte strode in and took position as the lead goat with the size and attitude to back it up. She’s a perfect fit, and even takes on the task of babysitting the other kids along with her own during afternoon naps. They don’t call them nannies for nothing – what a great goat! Blue has appointed himself as the official goat guardian dog, and will even sleep next to the goat pens at night. He takes great care in sniffing the little ones through the fence to take a full accounting, but sometimes needs to be reminded that he does not need to protect them from their own...

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