Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dog, Cat, Goat Photo Hodge Podge

First up, that is not blood on the noses of my goats.  It is molasses from their goat tubs.  It's so ugly, but they sure do love the extra protein and calories in the winter.  :D

First an update.  We put Garnet in the barn because she is due to have her kid(s) soon, but she was so distressed being alone that we went ahead and put Topaz up with her even though she has a ways to go yet.  They get along really great so I don't think it will be a problem having them together.  The side of the barn they are on is twice the size of the stall where Coral and Amethyst are (across the hall) too.  They are settling in well, enjoying their extra feed and hay that they don't have to fight for.

We were feeling sorry for Jasper, Jade and Pearl though because their herd has dwindled a lot, so we let them out into the yard to free range today while we were working outside.  So all of the pictures of those three are out in the yard.  Enjoy the hodge podge.

They LOVED the brush pile, but I couldn't get the camera fast enough.  Oh well, I got this shot of Jasper standing on a log and rubbing his horns against a branch.

Can't leave out sweet Amethyst.

ALL of the pictures I took today with the camera were blurry for some reason.  I may need to clean the lens.  It's so annoying because I couldn't tell until after I uploaded them to the computer.... pout.  I did the best I could editing them, but it's hard to sharpen up a blurry photo without making it look even worse....

I did manage the catch the awesome photo below though!

She can fly!!  Amethyst catches some serious air off of that table.  I wish I'd been crouched down so you could tell how high she got, but if I crouch by the fence she won't leave me alone and I can't get pictures... sigh.  :D

 Jackal enjoying some sunshine.

 OrangeJello enjoying some sun too.

 Such a cute face!!  He needs brushed.....

Jasper and his girls enjoying their outside time.

 It looks like he's getting ready to charge me, but he was cautiously approaching the cat.

 Poser!  I love his beard.

 Jade was a lot braver than I expected.  She walked right up to the cat.

Well that's all for today.  I had a bunch more pictures, but they are too blurry... it was a bad time of day for lighting too.  Oh well.  That's the update for this weekend.

Oh I almost forgot!!  Here is another video of Amethyst playing.  She is too cute for words!!

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Hubby carried Amethyst up to the house so my mom and grandparents could pet her.  She did really well, resting calmly in his arms and letting everyone ooh and ah over her.  When we were inside my grandparent's house she finally let out a small bleat, so we told them it was time to take her back to her mom and let.  That was the only time she cried though.  I was so proud of her.  Coral wasn't happy, but she didn't try to kill herself or anything... that's an improvement over how she used to be.  Well that's all for now.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Amethyst loves her new toy!

Amethyst is two weeks old!  She already weight thirteen point four pounds. My husband works at a school and the teachers sometimes throw things out that are still perfectly good.  He snagged this table and Amethyst LOVES it!

This picture is blurry, but so cute!  I can't believe I got her in mid jump.  Sometimes cell phones are nice lol.  Below is a short video of her playing on her table.  I'll have to get a better one some other time.

I also got a close up video of her face so you can see her pretty eyes.  They are mostly blue with some brown mottling.  Her eyes make me think of her sire Crockett.  I miss him, but I'm so happy I have Amethyst to remember him by.

I love this baby goat!  I forgot how much fun they are and how attached I get to them so quickly.  I'm going to have to be careful not to get attached to the boys since we will be selling them.  Well besides Apatite of course.  I'll totally let myself get attached to him hehe.  I can't wait to meet him!  That's all for today.  I'll try to get more later.  I'm hoping tomorrow I can get pictures and video with the camera instead of all of these cell phone pictures.  I'll post again as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jasper Update

 While we were busy last weekend with goat herd maintenance and building birthing stalls, we also caught Jasper and weighed him again.  At ten months old he's finally 105 pounds!  That's not huge compared to Boers from certain blood lines, but these guys are from a commercial meat herd, not fancy show bloodlines, so I think that's a decent weight.  I was hoping he'd reach 100lbs before he turned a year old.  While weighing him I snapped some pictures for you.

 Cute face!  His nose is all covered in minerals hehe.

 Looking good.  he's growing a beard and really starting to look so grown up.

He wasn't happy about being caught and haltered, but he does eat out of our hands still.  I wish I had to time to spend taming all of them.  Too bad they don't all tame themselves like Topaz lol.

Just for comparisons sake, here are some older pictures in chronological order.

 Also below is a selfie I took with him back in January that I don't think I ever posted.  I chopped half of us out, but I still like it.