Monday, November 28, 2011
There is a plethora of information on the web and in print
on how and when to breed your goats.
And then there is my way.
It is as organized and precise as the rest of my life.
I could examine the rear end of my girl goats on a daily basis.
Jot down any changes in a little notebook so as not to forget a thing.
I could rub a rag on the stinky buck goat and take it to them to smell,
hoping this would bring them in to heat.
(never mind that a rag is not needed, as you can smell him for a quarter mile)
By doing this, I would have a pretty good idea, five months from now,
almost to the exact day that they would deliver.
I could do it right,
so that come next May.
I would not be whining to you on this blog
how I have no idea when they will be giving birth,
but that I must be there to help.
MUST BE THERE.
No, not me.
I apparently would like to put the effort in
five months from now;
checking rear ends,
vacation days spent being a midwife
Some of us just never learn.
We cleaned the barn yesterday.
Hauling out anything a goat could possibly
get hurt on or wrongly ingest.
Opened up two rooms and the outside pen,
so the girls would have plenty of room to
run away and/or hide.
And then we put them all together.
A buck, a wether, and two doe's.
It was chaotic to say the least.
Ringo (the wether) didn't get what the excitement was about.
But I have to say, I was pleased with Rodeo (the buck).
Lots of smelling, snorting and sneezing
but not over aggressive or fighting with Ringo.
Just one more reason why I highly recommend
Nigerian Dwarf goats.
I have bred and raised other breeds and have
a true appreciation for this breed.
They were back to next to normal quickly,
as they are not unfamiliar with each other.
Rodeo will be much more settled now
to have his herd with him all winter.
At least I timed it so as not to have babies in March.
I get a little credit for planning. Right?