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Goat baby update: Talla is pregnant; naming #42; my bets were off 
12th-Mar-2010 09:26 am
1. The vet came by to check Talla out and confirmed that she is pregnant. She is due in about three weeks, and it's probably only a single (thank goodness!). Penny's troubles from last year are being applied this year as lessons. Talla will not be dumped into the herd with the big girls for the summer; I'll be keeping the three yearling girls separated this time so that they get sufficient resources.

From NYS&W until 11/8, she was in PA; from 11/8 - 11/22 she was in MD. I picked her up on 11/22. So -- If Talla kids significantly before April 7th, then the father is white and comes from a farm in PA. If she kids between 4/7 and 4/21, then the father is black and comes from a farm in MD. If she kids after 4/21, then the father is black and comes from my back pasture (insert teeth grinding). If she kids near or on the 7th, then hopefully the kid's color will help explain things. After about the 10th, then I won't be able to tell by color because all the fathers are black.

2. While cuddling the baby goats yesterday, it occurred to me that Dahlia's kids are going to land on ear tag number 42. So, does it go to the girl or the boy? And what name would be appropriate for such an auspicious number?

#38 - Constantine has been named. (Mona x Jared)
#39 - Alys's boy (Alys x Loki)
#40 & 41 - Anna's twin boys (Anna x Cookie)
#42 & 43 - Dahlia's twin girl and boy (Dahlia x Jared)

We haven't really paid attention to numbers-for-names, except for Ida and Julius being named for the Ides of March. GCF 0014 was named Madison, not Valentine. GCF 0017 was Ria. GCF 0021 was Kagan. etc. So I'm not sure if #42 is worth the extra effort. But hey, I'm open to suggestions.

I have no clue what to do with Dahlia's kids' names. Sonia? Coraline? Winnowill? ::laugh::

I'm stuck on thinking of names for Anna's twins at the moment: Gyre and Gimble; Kiron and Ari; Ari and Owen; Kiron and Owen (heck, combine the two series and confuse everyone!)

If I stay stuck on the Dragon Jouster series too long, then Alys's boy becomes Kashet.

ETA: Mom said that there's another dragon out there that is bronze - Megelaar.

BRONZE WINGS SPREAD wide, the mighty dragon hovered protectively above the Tree, head up and alert, emerald-bright eyes seeming to look directly into one's soul. Shan took a sharp breath and hung slightly back.

"It is Korval's shield," Er Thom murmured, though of course the child was too young to understand all that meant. He ran his palm down the image. "A picture, you see?"

The boy stepped forward and Er Thom lifted him, bringing him close enough to run his own hand down the smooth enameled surface. He touched the dragon's nose.


"Ah." Er Thom smiled and cuddled the small body closer. "Megelaar."

"Meg'lar," Shan mispronounced and touched the Tree. "Pretty."

reference here

3. Regarding predictions... Ok, so my bets were totally off. The one thing I got completely right were the colors of Alys's and Dahlia's kids. I didn't even get the number right if you count Alys's DOA. And really? Besides the flood of boys, I can't say I mind. I especially don't mind missing out on white babies this year. Colored is just fine with me.

What I said and What I got
 I said...I got...
Alys x Lokione red femaleone red male (one red female)
Anna x Cookiemixed sex twins; one white one blacktwins; both black; both boys
Mona x Jaredtwins; one striped and one black; mixed sexone black boy
Dahlia x Jaredone solid black maletwins; solid black; one boy one girl

Interesting enough, if you reverse what I said about Dahlia and Mona, I almost got it right.
12th-Mar-2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well, to be a dork (which isn't much of a stretch for me...), if you give the boy 42, you could always name him Pan. A good, goaty name, and after all, isn't 42 the meaning of life, the universe and everything? I think a name that means "all" sounds like it covers those.

See you tomorrow!
12th-Mar-2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
You know that the temptation will be to call him my cute widdle Gargle-Blaster...?

See you tomorrow!
12th-Mar-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
I was thinking Zaphod/Arthur/Ford and Trillian
12th-Mar-2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I like Trillian for a goat.
12th-Mar-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was initially going to suggest those (or even Douglas, since he came up with the whole concept), but I ended up running more towards the meaning of the number, and I enjoyed the goat tie-in.

I quite like the idea of a goat named Arthur, though I'm predisposed to the name, as it is my father's.

Heck, any of the names would be entertaining on goats.
12th-Mar-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
FYI, We've already had an Arthur.
12th-Mar-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Zaphod or Ford more clearly states my intentions anyway ;)
12th-Mar-2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ah hah! Sorry, I'd missed that there was a pre-existing Arthur. :)
12th-Mar-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
That's ok. Not everyone memorizes all 38-kids (including Sancho) plus-extras names.

12th-Mar-2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
The peanut gallery likes Gyre and Gimble! Not that the vote of someone you've never met counts for much, but thought I'd throw that out anyways. =)
12th-Mar-2010 05:29 pm (UTC) - 42
I did not know that there was any universal goodness around the number 42. And yet it is one of my favorite numbers.
Last night while watching TV, a big 42 came up and I said "42 is one of my favorite numbers". And now I see this.
What is it?
12th-Mar-2010 06:21 pm (UTC) - Re: 42
Sorry about the assumptive conversation here. There are two pieces to the conversation that might help you out.

1. According to the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, the number "42" is the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. A supercomputer in the book series took 7.5 million years to come up with 42 as the answer.

2. Most of the goats at GCF are named for book characters. Of those, most are named for science fiction or fantasy characters. You can see names and reasons here: http://giantcricketfarm.gaean.net/Names.htm
12th-Mar-2010 06:25 pm (UTC) - Ha!
42 was the house number of the house I grew up in..
12th-Mar-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
#42 should be Trillian, of course.
12th-Mar-2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
It is too auspicious to have #42 come up and not run with it. I would go with Trillian for the girl and maybe Ford for the boy. Or you could switch series and name the boy Dirk for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
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