Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Way Things Are.....

Well it looks like Doodah is not expecting after all.She came in heat.This is very disappointing because we bought her hoping she was so we would be able to milk.The folks we bought her from said they could not be for sure she was pregnant but they had put her with their buck on her last heat.Oh well,that's how it goes sometimes.I don't regret getting her,she has turned out to be a very nice little goat,affectionate and friendly, a little noisy though with her never ending crush on The Boy.We are planning on getting a buck when Hubby gets home but that is still several weeks away and then it takes 5 months until milk.So we are looking for another doe,one that is already milking or soon to give birth.Everything we have found so far is a long drive.Of course ,when you live where we do most everywhere is a long drive!
The Boy is really enthusiastic about starting our little goat herd.I think this will be very good for him.He is already a responsible kid,but this will take it up a notch and help him to grow in the areas of responsibility and personal management and possibly learn some business skills.The bonus for me is milk for us and soap making and just the general fun of the goats.I have made soap with cows milk but not goats yet.Usually I make non milk soap, though I do have a recipe I like that uses coconut milk,I know not really milk but nice anyways.I won't deny that I will get a lot of enjoyment from the goats,I love the ones we have already.
After we get a little more set up around here,my dream is to have some fiber goats.I would really like some Pygoras.They are a Pygmy and Angora mix.I have wanted to learn to spin and weave since I was a girl.And have you seen what that stuff goes for on Etsy!?!?
So that is where we are with things.Today is fiddle lesson day so we have to drive to the Big City,well to the burbs anyway.Also take our trash to the dump station,to get trash pick up here is an outlandish price! Not happening in this frugal household!Have to go,The Boy is hollerin' for me to help him put up the goats!

4 comments:

Pricilla said...

I am sorry she wasn't pregnant. As I always say it's a guessing game 'cause you can't have them pee on a stick. My Mallory surprised the heck out of me 'cause I thought she WASN'T pregnant and here I have little Matthew...

Good luck with your buck. I love my little herd...

Melodie said...

Pricilla,
Thanks,your goatie life is a source of inspiration for me!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

My SweetPea was too young to be bred but one of my bucks covered her just for a split second when I yanked him off of her, sure enough it took, and she had to have a c-section because she was still so little. She had twins doelings although one didn't make it, was alive when they took her out but then quit breathing, Gabbi is her daughter.

This summer was our first adventure at milking and making cheese, was a great experience.

Melodie said...

Joann,
Wow!I am glad that had a happy ending with SweetPea making it!We are at the beginning of our goatie adventure too.Me and The Boy are very excited!