Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Layla's family is doing well. First sight this morning was her standing and both kids nursing.(Video below) After last night, it was a relief. I have a crick in my neck from sitting on the barn floor and helping the little guy get going.
Its important for the kids to nurse in the first few hours so that they get the full benefit of the mothers colostrum. You want them to have all the antibiotic and nutritional value they can get from the start. Their stomach lining can absorb it best in the first 12 to 24 hours and mom produces the thick milk for about 48 hours. Timing is important.
Our first kid, Uno, had problems getting started and then her mother developed udder problems. We ended up having to milk her to relieve the pressure. She was not happy. Neither were the milkers. To avoid a sickly kid or a nanny with mastitis, its worth the crick in the neck.
VIDEO of the twins this morning. The waggly tails mean we are getting to the milk.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Buck Nursing VIDEO
Remember, this is natural.
Layla is cleaning her babies. This is her first kidding and she is being an excellent mother.
Monday, December 29, 2008
He was adopted five Novembers ago from a home in Rector where he was getting picked on by other dogs and needed his own place. We were lucky to find him although the road has not always been smooth. But that is a long story.
The short story is that house breaking a two year old, high energy, frightened dog was a hard and amazing project. It also probably is one reason we know our property as well as we do. He demanded many walks in ALL - I repeat - ALL weather, to keep him calm and trained. I live by the quote, "A good dog is a tired dog." I think that without Jock on the property we all would be less healthy. He has been a good exercise leader.
Jock tends to be submissive with other dogs and friendly with just about anyone, but only for a short span. Then his attention is elsewhere. But start a vehicle or open a door, and speed is the word.
The VIDEO is Jock with our daughter Kristin, taking a spin on her quad.
Yes -those are the goats in the background. It was sunset and they wanted into the barn for the night. They know the routine.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Today new latches and door handles were attached, so with one more latch, we should be ready for any windy day.
Thanks Dave and Andrew!!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Her udder is getting bigger.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Then we have the goat couple, and look in front of them...
...their goat hair goat.Snickers is waiting out the rain in her usual spot where she can see a lot of the action. Its been two days of rain and she's been there two mornings in a row waiting for movement from the house between barn visits.