Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pregnant animals

Yesterday we moved the pregnant goats and sheep together into one side of the barn so we could feed them more for the last of their gestations.  I kept the skinny old sheep and goats in with them too so they could also get extra nutrition.  While I had them penned up to move them and catch them, the goat all got their hooves trimmed, and the pregnant goats and sheep were wormed and had their CDT shots.

I left my camera in the house in another barn coat so was not able to take photos of the proceedings.  This leads me briefly to the topic of barn coats.  A barn coat is an old winter coat that has become tattered and torn so then is designated as a barn coat.  It usually lasts one to two winters and then is tossed.  A winter is quite hard on a barn coat.  The last two barn coats have been old coats of Tom's so he's getting a little annoyed at me for destroying all of his warm coats.  Next year's barn coat will be my current and much love Carhartt coat that is starting to get small holes in the sleeves.  I will then need to find another Carhartt to replace it in the cycle of coats.

Anyway, back to the topic: today I found my camera and took photos of all the pregnant sheep and goats after the animals' chores were done.  It is actually better that I did not have my camera yesterday since yesterday was cloudy and rainy and today it is sunny and there's still some snow on the ground that has not melted from last night.  So here's the fatso's:

Above is Saphie (short of Ravencrest Saphire Dutchess- misspelled on the registration), our wide, black, blue-eyed Nigerian Dwarf doe bred to Donna's Yahoo, our reddish-brown buckskin buck.  The kids she produces look much more like their father except they can have their mother's blue eyes.

Above is Dodge Daphnie, our spotted horned ewe bred to our black and white flecket (spotted) ram Sheltering Pines Lewis.  She is hopefully carrying spotted lambies inside.

This is Fern, a donated unwanted pygmy doe.  She was accidental bred by Cody (AKA Ravencrest Luck of the Draw) and she produced the most gorgeous kids, one buckskin and one brown and white.  So I decided to try  breeding her again, this time with Yahoo and on purpose.
This is Patches Pal.  She is quite plump with kids from her breeding with Mr. (AKA CTC Mr. Mahogany), our mahogany polled buck.  This combination produces gorgeous spotted kids with a good chance of being hornless naturally.
This is Windy Valley Jenny, our katmoget ewe with gorgeous fine crimpy fleece.  She is pregnant from Jocko (AKA Bitterroot Ansel), our mioget ram with a gorgeous medium crimpy fleece.  I am really hoping these lambs inside will be mioget and katmoget.
This is Mountain Niche Sheila, our now middle aged, shaela ewe who had a gorgeous medium crimpy fleece.  This is the last time I will breed her with Jocko to produce one last set of gorgeous lambs with modified colors.  I plan on keeping one of her lambs to preserve her outstanding genetics.  She can then retire to a peaceful sheep life.
This is Bing Bang Wink, our wild mioget ewe with a primitive fleece.  She is pregnant by Jocko in hope of producing more mioget (golden-brown) lambs.
This is Donnas-Sheep Monette, the last sheep out of my all time favorite ewe Babette.  She does not have a new mutation red spot on her back- she likes to rub on the mineral feeder.  She is pregnant by Lewis in hope of making spotted black or grey lambs.
This is Mona, daughter of Monette who likes to get hay all over herself.  She produced gorgeous HST lambs last year in her breeding to Lewis so we are hoping she is carrying the same again.
This is Magpie, the prodigy of my first Nigerian Dwarf goat Dot.  She is bred to Mr. and is hopefully carrying spotted polled kids again this year.
This is Cally (AAK Shadow Mountain Calypso) in her breeding finale.  She is plump with kids from Cody.  The last time we used this combination she produced a red and brown buckskin and a brown and white belted kids
This is Angie, our boringly named Angora doe.  She was bred again to Cody to produce more Nigora fiber kids.  This previous combination brought black and brown kids who grew up to produce the most lovely cashmere fiber so we are hoping for more.

So far, 3 kids and 8 lambs are spoken for.  Since ewes usually have twins and does have twins or triplets, there are still plenty of lambs and kids that will be available for sale.

In addition to moving, trimming, and injecting sheep and goat yesterday, I bred two of our Satin Angora does.  The red doe Hazel I bred to our copper buck named Peanut, and our copper doe Ma Bell I bred to our black buck Pepe.  These bunnies should be born at the beginning of lambing and kidding time.  Should be a busy couple of weeks next month.  Fortunately I was able to take some time off work then.

5 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Good for you to have so many spoken for before birthing! (I'm trying to not be jealous.)

Donna said...

I am actually quite surprised about all the lambs spoken for- it's usually the kids that are all taken before they are born.

goatgirl said...

How exciting to have so many babies coming. Since you have both goats and sheep, do you keep them in the same pen together? I just got 3 orphan bottle lambs (Kathadin) yesterday and wonder if later they can go in with the goats.

goatgirl said...

OOps that would be Katahdin.

Donna said...

I will not be keeping the sheep and goats together at lambing/kidding time. Mothers are so protective that I would worry about a little one being hurt. Normally it is not a good idea to keep sheep and goats together because they have different mineral requirements, specifically with copper. But I have to injected copper for my goats because of the molybdenum in our soil and so I can use low copper mineral salts for both.

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