Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My sweet, precious Bella is so proud of her babies this year. Just look at that proud face. She looks as though she is smiling!~Pat

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Brassring Secret Storm

Brassring Secret Storm or just plain "Storm" to those that knew her was a doe we bought back in 2005 out of the Mary Wells herd. Our good friend, Lisa Edinger found her for us. Her daddy is the infamous Well's Burke and her dam was one of the many "magic white" does from the Well's herd. Storm arrived in Arkansas at 6 months of age. She arrived bred, not something planned but at her overnight stop on the way here she managed to visit a really nice Myotonic buck. An unplanned event. Poor little Storm. She was so extremely Myotonic and those Arkansas does were so nasty to her that we decided she needed to just hang out in the yard, away from all the bullies. Since she was bred we promised her that if she had a little girl we would never separate them from one another. Be careful of such promises! Storm did indeed have a little doe kid along with a little buck kid. She loved those babies and doted on them all the time.

We named her doeling, Sadie Mae. Sadie loved her momma. That is baby Sadie Mae laying on her the back of Storm. Sadie always wanted to be as close as possible to her mom.

Storm and Sadie continued to stay together both eating and sleeping together as adults. They even raised their babies together. Then in 2010 Storm had twin doelings, Scarlett and Shae were the names we gave them. And still the little family unit stayed together. Sadie's kids were always kissed good-bye by her and she never looked back at them when we weaned them. She was only really bonded to her momma. 

(left to right..Scarlett, Shae and Sadie Mae).Storm never had a blue kid. Her doe kids were always a shade of red and buck kids were always black. Sadly for all of us we lost Storm during the winter of 2011. Sadie and her sisters now all stay together. She is not as close to them as she was her momma but the family ties are still there. This past year Sadie had a set of twin doelings and we kept them both. These are the first kids that Sadie hasn't kissed and waved good-bye to. So now, we have 5 red, polled does that all sleep, eat and hang out together with one another..........all living out in our yard. ~Pat

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We've been having some nice sunny days lately. Makes me wish Spring would hurry up and get here. I noticed that BF's girls were laying on top of a tub napping. They looked so uncomfortable to me.~Pat

Monday, February 11, 2013

One of.........not necessarily the most, aggravating goat here at Bending Tree Ranch is one we call "BF", short for (tongue in check) "Best Friend." BF used to follow Ms Charlie around all day while we were doing chores. She helped her feed and put out hay. She could squeeze in and out of pens, jumped up in the buggy or the wagon at most stops, etc. Fortunately for ME, it was Ms Charlie that she preferred to shadow. Thus, the name "Best Friend" because she just seemed to love Ms Charlie.

BF is also very LOUD. I have thought seriously about selling her but last year she got herself bred. She was not quite a year old and I was not going to breed her but BF had other plans for herself. She had the most gorgeous kid born that year. Sadly, we lost her baby this past summer in all the extreme heat we were having. Just made us all sick. So, this past Fall I put her back with the same buck and asked her to PLEASE give us another doe kid like her last one. And, bless her heart she did just that plus, one more. 

 For a yearling doe, BF does run a tight ship. She keeps her girls close by at all times. She won't let them curl up in a doghouse with the other kids. If they do go in the doghouse she stands and screams until they come back out. I have to give her credit for her mothering skills. And, thank goodness her babies are very quiet. ~Pat

Friday, February 8, 2013

First bottle kids of 2013

When I first got into goats I thought bottle kids were such fun. Now, not so much. I still fall in love with them but I dread the responsibility. But this is part of the job when raising animals whatever the breed or species. My first two are not siblings, not orphans but victims of happenstance. One little guy started out with a great mom but he is just a dummy. He knew to go to his dam and butt around but couldn't figure out what the teat was for. I thought surely he would figure it out. I milked mom and tube fed him hoping with some colostrum in him along with some additional Thiamine maybe his brain would kick in. I tried a couple of times to help him nurse through-out the day but he would take 4 or 5 sips and back off and start crying again. Poor mom kept looking at me as though asking me to fix him. I brought him in. He loved the bottle and for the first time he was warm and full. He fell asleep standing in front of the gas heater. He finally woke up enough and sat down on an old radio we got out when we had bad storms come through earlier in the week. Later he decided it was okay to lay down.

The second kid was just born to a dummy mom. First time to kid. She had no idea what was going on and spit one out, focused on it and never looked back at the second one. Put her in a small bonding jug and she would bite, butt and try to grind him into the dirt. I held her several times a day to let him nurse. Fortunately, for him he is a fighter and he took every opportunity to snatch milk from her. He stayed full but after finding him wandering loose in the hay barn I decided enough. She had to have butted him up the panel at least 18 inches off the ground and shoved him through a hole for him to have gotten out of the pen. He loves being inside and gulping down a bottle without having to chase after it. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

It's triplets for Bridgette!!

Bridgette, is what I call the "perfect" commercial goat. Her great grandmother was my LaMancha doe, Blondie. Blondie was bred to a Boer buck. The doe kid from this breeding was bred to a heavily muscled Myotonic buck. That breeding produced Bridgette's dam. Her dam was then bred to a heavily muscled Myotonic buck and Bridgette was born. This year Bridgette  was bred to a TexMaster™ buck and she gave us triplets.........a buck and doe with gopher ears like their mother and an eared doeling. I  have the hardest time keeping any doelings from these breedings...........from Blondie's kids and all of her daughters. When buyers see these meaty, fast growing kids they snatch up whatever doelings I will let go of. I turned down so many buyers wanting Bridgette and still do. Everyone wants her when they see her. And they always want her gopher eared daughters. This time I plan to keep the newest "Blondie" for myself. Sorry.........folks!~Pat