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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Baby Goats a'Comin'!

I've got Lucy and Naomi together in the indoor-only pen in the barn now. Originally it was just Lucy because one of her scurs had broken and she was having a heck of a time allowing that to heal with all the head-butting she felt she had to do. Her broken horn seems to be healing up just fine now. If left unattended, broken scurs can cause a goat to bleed to death. I have a feeling she wasn't feeling well at all - perhaps had quite a headache which put her in more of a head-butting mood for a couple of days. It's kind of hard to stop the bleeding if you are constantly using it. She rather hates me right now because I spent an hour applying pressure and ice to get the doggone thing to quit bleeding. All that helped, but ultimately, it was her not being able to head-butt the others which really did the trick. Now, if she was pregnant before we bought her, she should be kidding by the end of this month. I do believe I'll just keep her in confinement until then.

As for Naomi, this morning when I went out there, Freddie was chasing the poor girl around something fierce this morning - in and out of the barn. Finally, I just let him chase her right into the pen with Lucy. The 2 of them get along quite well considering they are both queen bees. Both are very pregnant, tho I don't see the kids moving around inside them as much as I'd like to. I have to get some straw this weekend for that pen and for the chicken coop. Lucy turned over her manger and used the hay for a bed last night, and snow is creeping in from outdoors. Neither Naomi's or Lucy's udders have expanded yet, so we're still just waiting.

Looking forward to baby goats, tho it is January. Too bad they couldn't have gotten pregnant in late October ...

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