a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

Goats in the falling leaves

I got up to freezing temperatures, literally. Frost was blanketing the meadow down the hill from my house. The goats seem to be doing well, though.

While I'm still feeding them separately, I'm now letting the baby boys hang out with Scout during the day so that they can start to include him in their herd activities. On the other hand, I don't think Loki is ready to go back over with Jared for real and final quite yet, and don't want another busted leg for the trouble of trying. My goal is to get the whole group integrated and back down to two sets for the winter snows. I'm not sure if I'll make it, since Jared is so darned territorial now.

Gyre's fleece is coarsening up quickly, so he is now on the wethereing list with Berry and Astor. It's really three strikes for him at this point. He's rather homely due to the color pattern on his face and the bug eyes (thanks, Cookie!), his horn tips curl forward, and his fleece isn't anything amazing. His brother continues to look pretty darn good, and since Gimble also was the only one to catch the judge's eye last June, I'm going to keep him intact and see if I can sell them as a package next spring. "Buy the stud, get the companion wether free!"

Hercules is up front with the lower-pecking-order girls right now. He's rooming with Summer, Talla, and Dot. They seem to get along ok, with Summer obviously in charge and Dot taking the lowest rung. I'm probably going to keep all of the big girls away from the little girls for the winter, just to ensure that the little girls get a chance at food and shelter. Talla would really like to take on Dahlia for real some day. I'd like Talla to gain about 20 lbs before she tries it.

I heard from Houston's new owner yesterday. He is doing fine, and has done his fathering duties as expected. She is looking for a flock of kids to hit sometime in February. I hope she gets some good color out of her girls from him, too.
Tags: angoras, breeding, goats

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