Two Precocious Does?June 12, 2011
It’s been 8 weeks since I first noticed Esther’s udder was developing. Her udder has grown since then and is impossible to miss resting gracefully between her legs.
We can’t do anything but wait and see if she kids sometime this month. I check her twice a day even though it is still early and play with both their udders to get them used to the idea of me being back there. Isla seems to be following her sister’s example and has a small udder of her own now.
They’ve begun to expect the pasture rotation at the end of five days. They don’t save the best for last and when the best is all gone they look to me expectantly. When they see us coming with the clippers, and when we start throwing chickens into their pen, they start bleating excitedly. They don’t stop until we lift up the fence and they stuff their mouths with as much green as they can and the only noise they can make are muffled little bleats of happiness.
Both their coats were looking dull and Isla simply refused to gain weight. I gave them Miracle Clay which is a natural dewormer made from mineral deposits and have begun giving them whole oats and sunflower seeds, as well as bringing them salt and minerals everyday. In two weeks both coats have become glossy and soft again and for the first time Isla is beginning to look bigger than a large kid.
We’ve had several irrational storms come through this past week. Now the weeks full of pulling hose and spending hours watering seem miles away. I guess its natures way of telling us not to get too comfortable, and to keep us from getting to cocky in predicting the future. Despite the torrent of water that went unused, and our toppled goat house I love these big storms. There is something so magnificent about them, and in a small way I feel like I am being included in this grandeur, just by being allowed to watch.
Anyone get washed away by the weather or wishing they were? Any guesses on the pregnancy or precociousness of Esther? Anyone successfully keeping pigs and goats together? (We aren’t planning on doing this but I would like to if Esther isn’t pregnant)