Saturday, January 8, 2011
Planned Parenthood on the Farm......
Yeah, planned parenthood on the farm does not work. Actually, I have come to realize that farm animals have a way of shattering all of my aspirations of being an organized, well-planned out, goal setting, on task hobby farmer extraordinaire.
Take Crazy Daisy. My 2 year old LaMancha. Wanna know why she is driving me crazy?
See that? Yep, that would be an udder. An udder that is obviously getting quite large indicating kids, oh probably within 2 weeks I guess. She never stands like that with her legs almost crossing. Wanna know why she is standing like that? She is cold. Probably cuz it was about 14 degrees outside when I took this picture this afternoon. Why would I, hobby farmer extraordinaire wannabe, ever breed goats to kid in January, in the dead of winter, when its flippin below 30 degrees most of the month? I WOULD NOT! I MEAN I HAVE 2 COLLEGE DEGREES, I HAVE COMMON SENSE. I planned my breedings this year. I thought I took charge. I put Jed in with 2 of the Shetland ewes in late November for April lambs, I bred the 2 LaManchas I planned on breeding because I walked the bucks to the girls and when the breeding was over, I walked the bucks back. Daisy was not in that walk.
Nor was Sassy my Nigerian Dwarf who I thought was looking more fluffy than normal and then the udder thing showed up.
That's fluffy Sassy on the left. So it looks like these girls are going to be "kidding" soon, too soon for me! So this means the point of conception was back in September. What was going on in September? I don't know. It was back to school. It was hot. My bucks are not in with the does and sheep. Lil' Texas, my Nigerian buck, had got out a couple of times. When? I don't know. Was Sassy out with him? I don't remember back that far. Then there is Patty's LaMancha buckling. When did I take him out and put him the other 2 bucks? Was it before September? I don't know. I thought it was. Could he be the source of my now completely stressed out mind in this matter? Maybe. I will worry about the daddy issue once the babies are born and they are healthy and warm and that I am there cuz I am just freaked that babies are coming in the dead of winter....January of all months. Barf. I need to order things from my catalogs tomorrow so I have everything on hand. I picked up milk replacer just in case today. Good grief I am stressed.....so much for hobby farmer extraordinaire this year and its only January 8th.