Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
My only concern is some of my females look pregnant....oh I hope not.....my buck broke out of his pen about a month and a half ago.....he was with the females for about seven hours....and we all know that a lot can happen in seven hours especially in the goat world with hormones rushing. Well if I kids then it was meant to be......and I will be just as excited with two or more....time will tell.
Monday, December 10, 2007
As you can see it is started. Right now I am about half way. It has only taken me five years to get this far...lets celebrate.....hopefully I will continue it right across the house. The only problem I am having is when tapping in some of the planks others come apart and that really gets me going.....but I will keep working on it.
My best friend Susie asked me what I wanted for Christmas.... I said, 'hog panels'. She said, what, that's what you really want and I said yes. So she came over and we went to the feed store and bought some hog panels. Now I can continue to create pens within pens for my goats. Eventually I would like to enclose the back few acres in hog panels....it will keep my dog, Abby in. Well, at least it will make it harder for her to get out.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I was out in the pen Sunday evening and caught Sampson enjoying his food so much he decided to get right in it. He was just having his own party......I tried to get a picture of him laying down in it but by the time I got the camera he was up just going to town. Sampson is my second buck and has some awesome mohair. He is one of No Sizes boys.....from Kathy Wither's ranch.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
It was so interesting when Penny was done and everything was picked and she was leaving everyone, ok Oyster was standing to the side, was looking at us. It was like they were saying 'Bye' for now and we feel much better. Penny did an awesome job and I am very pleased.
As you can see from the picture above she has very few double cuts, she had none on my buck above. Penny stated this is like an unveiling. If you take a closer look you will notice how smooth and close her shearing is and it practically came off in one piece. He didn't seem to mind too much and Penny really knows just how to calm and remain in control of the animal.
This is a before and after Angie's shearing, I call her my Queen of the goats. The top picture is what she looks like with six months of mohair on her and below is what she looks like after shearing. She was looking at me thinking I am a new woman.....look out and don't mess with me. I am hoping she breeds with my buck this season. She is tough and she knows what she wants when she wants it. She is also very friendly with humans but, when other goats are around....look out and don't get in her way. She will clearly let you know that she is the queen and you are NOT.
Above is Amber, she is my copper female. She is very regal in the way she walks and lays.....she is a lady. My buck Double D really likes her, I think because of her style....ok maybe it is just because she is a female in heat.....I like my reasoning better.
The above two picture are of her shearing in progress. She was very relaxed as you can see from the positioning....Penny has a way of relaxing the animal and doing what she needs to get them sheared.
And there she is....a new girl on the block. During the summer I was concerned because of her darker color....she was always warm. Now she is fresh and cool. She still walks with style and rubs up next to my bucks pen just so that he doesn't forget about her.....ok maybe she is in heat....I like my reason much better.
Penny knows her stuff about shearing...
Above is Oyster my Llama....and from the smile on her face you can tell she knows that she is not being sheared. Yes, it is a smile....take a closer look it is definitely a smile. She is just so darn cute.
This is Abby and she is doing what she does best. She is actually patrolling with her keen sense of hearing ok maybe that is her keen sense of eating... Ok, she is ready at a moments notice to protect her house...ok maybe not on a moments notice but you get the idea. I think she has the best deal in town...eat and sleep. Oh, by the way don't worry about protecting anything.....the most she will do is bark from behind a bush......well you can't have everything. She loves her couch and sleeping and I love her....even if she loves to eat the trash.
This was the morning before shearing.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
The next step for me will be to take the batts back over to Kathy's and start learning how to spin them. Oh boy, hopefully I won't get stuck in the spinning wheel. I can see if now....my fingers all up in the wheel and Kathy saying 'What did I get myself into'.
I am having lots of fun learning new things.
So, what can you do with a tank full of nothing. Well, make a mohair drying unit out of it. I put a small fan in the middle of the tank inside blowing up.....the top where the mohair is on is a screen mesh....only obstacle is the middle piece of glass. It holds the tank together so I won't bother it.