Jael takes territory as the new playground equipment is set up this week. The kids have enjoyed the slide more when she left this last Tuesday. Both Jael and Mercy have taken a resort vacation in Warrenville through the end of July. The Carmel Montessori School has gleefully hosted them till Mercy kids the end of June.
All Guild members are welcome to come and introduce themselves to the new baby girls. K-4 and K-5 are waiting for their official names. Contest ENDS on May 28 at 5 p.m.
No time to visit this week? You may make a submission on the GGG Portal by clicking here if you have ideas based on these glamour shots of the girls.
K4 had a bit of digestion problems last week but she is growing RAPIDLY! Pick her up and she hollers in protest at first.
K-5 continues to be quiet and gentle, no protest to hugging by visitors.
Meet Kid 1, named ZEUS by Kara
Meet Kid 2, named GRIFFIN by Janet & Jeremiah Lesniak
Meet Kid 3, named GRACIE by Debbie Kong
One of the most difficult aspects of having goats is dehorning the babies. This little girl is the only one of the triplets to have her horn buds burned. The boys will be sold at 12 weeks and I do not feel that they need such trauma.
Safety is the major reason we complete this task in the first 10 days of a doeling (female) life. Horns in the city cause the animal to catch in the fence or other objects, to hurt other animals in close quarters, and possibly to accidentally hurt people.
Her little horn buds were shaved and then the hot iron was placed on the spot. The color red is from the wound spray on her round spots, so she is not bleeding. After this experience She ran and drank some milk, then bossed her brothers around.
On May third, Dr. Vigil came twice as we were all perplexed with Esther's deterioration in less than 12 hours. She just had her triplets on Sunday. I called my mentors in Wisconsin several times to obtain perspective and treatment options. Dr. Vigil searched for answers as well with other vets.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday night, this mommy hauled herself to her feet to feed three babies when she was so weak. Esther was so still at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, I thought she had died. At 6:30 a.m., I was afraid to go to the garage to see her dead body. Miraculously she had moved and then stood. I was very thankful for her survival and began searching for food that she could eat.
It was later this morning when I brought her romaine and grapes. Esther is a voracious eater of greens, but was not able to swallow a lot.
I am calling the condition postpartum choke. She had an obstruction behind her molars and possibly at the base of her throat. For a goat to live it must cough up the cud to chew it. Esther was spewing it and unable to digest, which can be fatal. Her tongue was swollen allowing little to go down.
Dr. Dr. Vigil found a similar case in his research and says we have about 6 more days to watch and provide a variable soft diet to an animal that must have 15 pounds of vegetables a day. He recommends little hay until she stabilizes her throat. Meanwhile, sludge comes out her butt due to the stress. Even with this last complication I am thankful that God is gracious to us.
Both Jael and Mercy are to be milked this year. They even have beards. More photos later!
It has been a busy three weeks since the girls returned. With great sadness I sold both Sani and Salvi to a farm in McHenry County. This left me with four goats: Martha and her daughter Mercy and Esther and her daughter Jael. All four girls will kid in April May and June and we estimate a maximum total of seven babies. Even the first year girls were bred. Four goats fit the space we have, and eat less than six. Even in kidding season we will not be over crowded. Milk production with be a little less; however this provides us with more flexibility to sell it to members.
Seeker, Wife. Mother, English Language tutor, goat farmer, friend
(Carolyn's dates & thoughts)
Girls come home!
applied for Funding WWOOFUSA
Root Riot Meeting at Glennart. Planning garden changes.
> Urban Livestock EXPO
Cheese Document plan EXCEL Program
> FIRST GGG Gathering
3/9/2017 Plant: Spinach, lettuce indoors
3/21/2017 First day of SPRING!!!!
3/22/2017 Plant carrots with garlic
4/1/2016 Plan/repair pasture fencing
4/5/2017 set up potato beds
4/12/2017 Kidding Season begins
> Plant potatoes
4/21/17 Milking season begins
4/25/2016 Set up fencing
> Kidding season continues
5/20/17 Spring Gathering
5/25/16 plant Sweet potato in beds watermelon. squash
5/10/16 Cheese making begins
5/15-7/2/16 Last two does duePatsy and Destiny
Sale of bucklings
> Sale of bucklings
> Weaning begins
> Cheese making continues
> Sale of doelings
> Cheese making continues
> Dry out the does
> Does to Wisconsin for breeding