Authentic Compassion

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baby Bumps, Sticky Ears and just plain fat

Trying to stay focused on the "To Do list" on my desk at the moment - have "to Done" a couple of items but find myself wandering to windows(note to self - add "wash windows" to To Do) checking on the girls. Goat charts predict due to start kidding around the 24th but experience has taught us birthing dates are plus or minus two weeks. We don't always see exact start of breeding,some dalliances are not productive and sometimes the girls need a little more time. Our little buck stays in with the does all year.

Leaving a breeder in with our small herd isn't great animal management but he gets lonesome in a pasture by himself.

So far - nothing is happening other than the normal wander around, eat, sleep,eat routine. Picture is of Blackie - or as we call her old mean Blackie - shows her sizeable baby bump. She isn't a great mother but reliably has a healthy baby.

The mostly white hornless goat with the huge bumps - is Boudreaux and he is a wether so definitely not baby bumps - just fat. He lives a great goat existence, still with his mama (he nursed until he was a year old) and no responsibility whatsoever. I will not follow tempting rabbit trails ascribing human traits when I talk about our goats today.

The semi close up is our little Nubian breeding buck (the Rodney Dangerfield of our herd - he gets NO respect). Gluttony is Snicker's joy right now. We put out a fresh mineral lick bucket, a primary component of said lick seems to be molasses and his long ears equals a tempting name change. His name is normally shortened to Snickey - but Stickey is his label lately. His unfortunate habit of putting his head under my coat results in gooey brown smeary on my coat and pants. Poor little fellow - only loved by his caprine companions two weeks out of the year! I bottle fed him so he turns to mama when rejection overwhelms , mamas are great comfort.

Enough rambling -
the To Do is still here and it is now an hour passed since I started this little simple entry :::sigh::::: so much time and so much wasting! Turkey sandwiches for lunch and finishing desktop organizing - woo hoo.

Trusting in the Lord's timing and word

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10.

Things are anticipatory here on Buhlaland, anticipation of good and we gladly acknowledge who is truly in charge.


Farm Chick Paula said...

Hey there, Miss Linda Sue! I always love seeing pictures of your goats, and even though Boudreaux is a "mama's boy", he's such a cutie!!

Lanny said...

Ahhh I just say again, I miss my Nubians.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

I am so anxious to see the babies! Blessings, Kathleen

Rachel and Jacob said...

you know I was wanting to have a lil garden at my new place.

There is a link to a pic of the backyard. I was thinking it would be so fun with the kids and all!

also the bedroom is baby blue. I left it the original color... so i kinda like blue and brown with a splash of coral maybe!? well fun lookin at your goats!!

KathyB. said...

I had to laugh when you pointed out that your wether was fat, that his sides were not 'baby bumps', because when we were at the fairs with pygmy MALE wethered goats, the public insisted they were pregnant.

Molasses mineral blocks didn't last but a few days here because our entire herd of goats licked and ate them til they were gone...and they were very quick about it too.

Turkey sandwiches sound pretty good right now. If it weren't so early in the morning I might actually pull a turkey out of the freezer for defrosting.

I can't wait for new lambs either...maybe your goats will begin kidding the same night my ewes lamb!

Liz said...

I always love seeing your pics. And thanks for sharing that verse, I needed it this afternoon.

Dani said...

Babies are always such a blessing...can hardly wait to see the little ones!