Goat breeding 101

My herd is half pygmys half Nigerian dwarfs that are papered so we took the trip to get them all a boyfriend. So meet jack he is 100% Nigerian dwarf and his mom and his sires mom both have milk stars from American dairy goat association. I am so excited for this spring, all the pygmys have been freshened and the Nigerians will be freshened about the end of October! Happy goat days!! 

Getting back into to the swing of things

Man I suck! Sorry faithful followers! Farm update. The family farm is no longer it is just me and my husband now, some people are just not meant to live together forever. No hard feelings just a parting if ways for the better. With that said I got a new horse Pete, new Billy goat for spring babies and just alot of cleaning up and taking care of business. I started painting the kitchen and have plans going for a new garden next year. We put in a koi pond this summer talk about addicting!! It’s been a whorl wind of craziness!! But I’m back now and won’t drop off again I swear!! 

Up and running!! 

Oh my heck I have been so busy!! So let’s dive in!! My Nigerian dwarf had 3 beautiful babies and I have been milking her! Her babies are 3 weeks old so I pull them off and put them in their own pin at night and milk the doe in the morning I have been getting almost 2 pints!!! So I have started making soaps and body washes!! On top of that I have been making bath bombs and body scrubs!!! 

You can check them all out at sunflowerblossomhw@etsy.com

On top of that I have been bottle feeding my other two Nigerian dwarfs and they have been growing so fast!! My wonderful mare is pregant and due any day any minute!!! So so excited!! And today was first day as a cake decorator!!! So much fun I will be sure to keep you all posted thanks for following!!! 

Happy goat life

Oh man have things been busy around here!! My beautiful Nigerian dwarf blessed us with 3 happy healthy babies!  

 
We also got my two new bottle feeder Nigerian dwarfs Bambi and Lilly and they are growing like weeds! Almost time to ween them from the bottle!! We also got 2 bottle feeder calves to butcher this fall for meat, and our own cow had a calf that we have named bandit! It has been babies galore around her now we are just waiting tell may or June when the horse is due!! 

New goats 

So I couldn’t resist I seen these little wee babes and had to have them . Meet Lilly and Bambi Nigerian dewarfs they are 8 days old and are so much fun !!!  I am now up to 10 does !! Just waiting for my other Nigerian dewarf to have her babies! 

 

Sunflower blossom goats! 

  Well we finally finished everything and all in the Nick of time lol lol it’s started raining and this morning we woke up to snow!!! Freaking snow!! So we got goat world all done and added a few awesome touches!! And the goats love it!!  No more saggy fence!! Now on to cow run way and a larger horse paddock!! 

   

Expanding the farm!

When you own a farm it seems the work is never done. We are putting up more fence today, we plan to build a bigger horse paddock at the end of the paddocks we have now and weld roofs over the paddocks, then we are fixing goat world lol so it looks a lot prettier no more saggy fence!! And we are runing fence down over the hillside so the goats can play in the rocks and trees !!! Stay tuned pics are coming as we set posts today!!!!! 

How to trim a goats feet.

Oh the weather has been amazing !!!  so along with all my other spring time routines I also like to trim the goats feet twice a year once in spring then again in fall. Goats in captivity can’t wear thier hooves down like they can in the wild or with a herd that is kept moving all the time, a few tricks you can do to help keep them worn down are place rocks in thier home to climb on , also put shingles on any of thier toys they climb on, shingles are my favorite as the run and jump the shingles keep wearing down thier hooves as they play but even with that they still need a little up keep. I first off get my sheers/ nippers and I put one of the goats on the milking stand, I give them grain ( because mine are spoiled)  I pick up the hoof and look it over and pick out any debri that might be trapped in the hoof and clean it out so I can see the inner pad of the hoof 

 i then nip off all the long peaces until the side hoof wall is even with the pad  

  if the toes are grown out real far I will nip them off also but always make sure you can see where the pad is because you don’t want to hurt that. And that’s it it’s really easy and they are all taken care of until fall!  

 

Goat toys! Happy goats won’t escape 

My first invention of goat toys did not go so well,   it was slotted wood grates and a few of the goats got there legs stuck in them which was very scary! Thank heavens no one got a broken leg! So we tore it down and are now looking into new toys so here a few ideas I came across. Happy goats that are not bored won’t want to find out what’s on the other side of the fence ! So keeping them busy and happy climbing and jumping keeps them in!  

    
    
    
   

It’s spring!! 

By golly spring is finally here!! And everyone is so happy as all the snow is melting so fast !! It’s a giant muddy mess but all the babies are loving the sun and warm weather!!!! Happy hump day!!  Lol we have a lone rooster who hangs out with the goats I have named him caprice/ cap for short he won’t join the other chickens he stays with the goats at all times he even sleeps with them! As the snow melts and spring is upon us it’s time to de worm everyone! Don’t forget lol deworming and vaccination season!!