Thursday, April 30, 2009


Well I finally came up with some names for Shardae's kids. :) Took me a while but I had to get their registrations sent in, and of course they had to have names on them so I finally made up my mind.



And "Sonata!"

They are doing wonderful, growing up quickly! Shouldn't be too much longer til I get little CA girl flown in as well. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ada Goat Show

Well I'm a bit late, but I wanted to post a few pictures from the goat show on Saturday. Elijah and I headed to Ada Friday afternoon to get the goats all prepped. We picked up a few of the Burnett's on the way for some extra help. I was just showing 4, so it didn't take that long to get them washed and clipped. After we finished up we headed back to the B's house for supper, Hannah had a really great meal ready and waiting for us. :) After supper was cleaned up we played a game called "Settlers of Catan." I really liked it a lot, (after I finally figured it out, kind of complicated!) I was trying SO hard to win...but sadly I didn't, John-Clay won both times. Oh well. :D After that we ended up staying up until 3:00 in the morning talking. Needless to say I felt kinda wiped out when I woke up Saturday morning. The show started at nine and the rest of my family and Paps and Shirley joined us there. My two little kids didn't place, but they're just a lot younger than most of the others in the class, so I'm hoping they'll do a lot better as they get bigger.

My two bucks did pretty good, the younger one took 4th in the first show, and my "10 Buck 2" guy took 3rd in both shows. I was pretty happy, I've been placing a lot higher this year than last, so I'm really glad about that! :) Poor Micah, his goat was NOT cooperating well at all.

This week has been pretty busy, I've been really enjoying this warm weather so have been spending quite a bit of time outside. Yesterday was violin lesson day, it was the first time for 3 of the students, but it went really well, it's neat to be able to share what I know with others.

This is the little girl that was born on the Garden Workshop day, isn't she cute? :)

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shardae Kidded!!

Yesterday morning her ligaments were pretty much gone and her udder was getting fuller every time I checked on her throughout the day. Finally at around 5:00 I noticed some contractions, I came in for a bit and then went back out to check right before we ate supper. Her water had broke and she was pushing!! It took her a little while to finally push out a beautiful, very tiny girl! I took her into the barn, jumped on the four wheeler and sped down to the house to get some towels and some help. :D Anna and Hosie came back up with me and helped out with drying the little girl while I waited on number 2. She was taking her time for sure, I checked to make sure the kid was presented right, straightened the front legs out a bit, and number 2 was born!! Another girl!! Wow, I was so excited!! We were working on getting the kids bottles, when somebody hollered she's pushing again! A little bit later a 3rd kid was born.....and it was ANOTHER GIRL!!! Wow I was majorly surprised, but SO happy!! Shardae did wonderful, and her little kids are just way to cute. Praise the Lord for a healthy kidding, and beautiful babies!

Here's some pictures of the little sweeties...please note I took the pictures, just so you aren't wondering what happened to Anna's photography. :D

And this afternoon I got pictures of my doeling I'm getting from CA, Lord willing she will be shipped in the first of May. She looks just gorgeous in the pictures, I'm very happy. :) Her mom's name is "Hot Tropic" and her sire is "Playboy." Any name suggestions for the little girl?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Just a quick update...

Well lets see, I guess I've had 3 more baby goats (Boer) since I last posted, 2 were born on Wednesday, and then one was born yesterday right at the end of our Garden Workshop. :D I knew she was close and was watching her closely Saturday morning, but she wasn't showing me any signs of labor, so I didn't expect her to kid right away. Goats like to surprise you though, so Dad was giving a quick tour of the farm at the end of the workshop and she had just dropped out her kid right before we got to the pen where she was at. She just had a single, but I was really glad it was a doe, after all the buck kids I've been getting this year. So now it's a total of 16 babies, two of the Nubian doelings went to their new home on Saturday. They went to a very sweet family who I know will take fantastic care of them. I love it when I know my "kids" are going to such a great home. :)

Now I'm waiting on my Nubian girl "Shardae" (one of the kids I got flown in from CA last spring) to kid, she's due on Thursday, so I'm expecting kids anytime. I'm really excited, and hoping that she'll have at least one girl. :)

The show on the 4th went really good, we took two Boer bucks, and then two of my 3 week old kids. There were two shows, one right after the other and we got two 3rd placings and one fourth place, and then the judge just went on and on about my little 3 week old girl, he really liked her a lot!! She was the youngest in the class though so she just needs a bit of time to grow and mature, but I was really excited about all the nice comments he made about her. No pictures though because Anna didn't come with me. :(

Thanks so much for your comment Dani-Joy, I think baby goats are pretty cute too. :) To answer your question about what I do with my kids- I keep most of the girls (as I usually don't get too many it seems) and sell any that I don't keep. With the boys, only the ones that I feel are really good quality stay intact as breeding bucks, I show them, and the girls as well to see how they compete with the other goats out there. I may keep one, and then sell the rest. The rest of the boys are wethered (goat term for castrated) and we raise them for meat.

We've had lots of rain the past couple days, I'm really grateful for it, but it sure makes chores a bit of a mess. :) LOTS of mud out there right now, my little white Boer kids don't look so white anymore. :D