Kidding Log: Day 2
Well my clothes are a little stiff with birthing fluid today … picking up slimy newborns and moving them into freshen pens with the mothers never promised to be a tidy job. As of right now 4 does have kidded today, three sets of twins and a set of adorable half-Boer triplets:
|Mom Melissa with her 3 half-Boer babies|
So far this season we have had twice as many male kids as female … which leaves us feeling a little unimpressed with our buck Lars. When you are trying to build a herd of goats (or a flock of sheep), genetics are incredibly important. We need to retain females from our best does to breed and milk in the future in order to build a good business. But if none of our best does have females … that is a major problem.
But our best does have yet to kid this season. And some of these males we can raise and sell as meat goats. Also, if you are interested in having a goat eat blackberries in your backyard, many of these cuties are for sale; leave me a comment if you are interested.
For Caleb, life wouldn’t be the same without a dog or two around the home.
Integrating Chickens, Dogs and Cats
Introducing the pets to the chickens has been a little more challenging than originally anticipated.
Historic livestock and draft animals, Poitou donkeys are endangered but being revived by Texas ranchers Christopher Jones and Patrick Archer