Big Daddy

Nov
10


Mr. Pibb: “How you doin’?”

He likes the ladies. I need to send him, along with Clover’s boys, down to the bottom pasture to live with Rhett and Eclipse, but I’m having a hard time bringing myself to do it. I love Mr. Pibb!

Pirate:

Blue-eyed Sailor:

I have this idea to create a duck ‘n’ buck yard out around the pond. Fence it all in and build a duck ‘n’ buck house. The ducks could have their pond. They’d also have the goats to protect them. (No, goats don’t actively protect, but the mere presence of larger animals helps ward off some smaller predators that would otherwise go after chickens and ducks. I’ve found this to be true for my chickens who roosts on the goat pen gates. I think it would work in the duck ‘n’ buck yard.) The boys would be up the hill, not too far from the house, for easy visiting–and easier winter feeding.

And I wouldn’t have to send Mr. Pibb down the hill.

Meanwhile, I’m feeling pretty sure he’s done his job in the goat yard this fall.

Nutmeg, aka Rotunda, has long had unexplainable weight issues (she eats the same as everyone else), but I would swear she’s looking even bigger lately and starting to waddle.

I believe Fanta is sporting a baby bump as well.

And Sprite, too!

Goats can have one, two, or three babies. Usually, it’s twins, like Clover had.

The whole thing wasn’t planned real well. I’m going to have goat babies at the coldest time of the year, in January and February. We’ll have to make sure they have plenty of straw and shelter to stay warm.

I think Nutmeg’s irritated with Mr. Pibb already. He says he won’t change diapers.

We’re gonna have a bunch of babies bouncing around in the snow. I can’t wait!

Comments

  1. lizzie says:

    Winter snow babies!!!! I can’t wait to see them! :snoopy:

  2. bonita says:

    Gosh we’ll barely finish the goodies for the Christmas gift swap when we’ll have to start knitting scores of kid’s booties. How wonderful.

  3. Rose H says:

    You can never have enough farm babies can you Suzanne? :lol:

  4. LauraP says:

    In my experience, winter babies are healthier — you have to watch out for chilling the first few days but there’s much less risk of bacterial infections and the like to worry over.

  5. judydee says:

    I can’t knit, but I can crochet. Anybody got a pattern for goat booties??

  6. CindyP says:

    Goat babies! More bouncing videos!

  7. Barbee' says:

    Brrrr! Coldest time?! Oh my, here is what we need to be making: bonnets!
    http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/04/doeling-bonnet.html
    Probably should make a few for Suzanne, too.

  8. Ramona says:

    Goat babies will be so cute!

  9. Larissa says:

    So…will you be milking those goats in the middle of winter? :D

  10. texwisgirl says:

    I like the idea of a duck ‘n buck yard. Anything to keep these cuties closer by!

  11. Nancy says:

    My nephews in-laws raise goats and when the kids are born they bring them in the house and keep them in playpens! Right in the kitchen! I kid (no pun intended) you not! They’re bottle fed which makes for extremely friendly babies.

  12. Miss Becky says:

    oh my. are Pirate and Blue-eyed Sailor the twins born over the summer? if so, they have gotten very big! :yes: :bugeyed:

  13. Melissa Marsh says:

    More babies!!!! Yay! :snoopy:

  14. Darlene says:

    Mr Pibb does a glint in his eye. He looks mighty proud of himself. Goats are so friendly and in the city here they want to rent some to keep the grass down. I can’t wait to see if it happens.
    Darlene :woof:

  15. Runningtrails - Sheryl says:

    Wow! YOu’re certainly going to have lot sof babies if all those mamas have twins or triplets! Goat babies are so cute!!!

  16. Sheila Z says:

    You only have to worry about them getting chilled for the first couple of days. Once they are dried off and eating well things are usually fine. If it’s sub zero out when the kids are born then their ears can freeze before they have a chance to dry off. I have a friend with a goat that this happened to when it was born. It’s ears are permanently deformed. Other than the weird ears the goat is perfectly healthy and been around for many years. You may want to make a small stall (jug) to isolate mom and kids and use a well protected heat lamp to keep the kids warm if it’s really cold out. You want the lamp hung so no one can chew on it or knock it down.

  17. Rhea says:

    Mr. Pipp is pimpin! He made the rounds with those lovely ladies, and I can’t wait to see baby goats come the new year. Lovely post.

  18. Leanna says:

    Now that will be a christmas card picture to take! =)

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