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Bayleaf Meadows- The Show That Was

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Bayleaf Meadows, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Apr 9, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    I wanted to add that the tall fencing isn't for our goats- it's to keep out the deer. We use 10' electrical conduit pounded into the ground to make 8' tall sides to attach deer fencing to. They can still jump it if they are extra motivated!
     
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  2. Apr 10, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    Time went by and we tried to breed our two other does, Mabel and Zaph in the early spring. They had some visits from OFA Big Brown and all looked like it was a go. When summer rolled around, however, the signs just weren't there. No new little bouncy kids for 2014, but we enjoyed the four does- Hazel and her baby, Scully, and Mabel and Zaph. PB060875.JPG P3081070.JPG
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    PA051639.JPG fortunato.JPG PA051651.JPG fortunato.JPG Now it was September, we were still looking to breed our does and borrowed a young buck from OFA, Fortunato. I fell in love with Fortunato the moment I saw him! What a nice animal. He was brown all over with a blond streak down the back. It looked a little flamboyant or something, like someone had added highlights to his coat. But it was the length in his body and neck and his overall build that really struck me. He was young and unproven, yet sweet and full of promise. The photos don't do him justice.
     
  4. Apr 11, 2017
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    OneFineAcre Herd Master

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    Those pictures of Fortunato make me sad. :(

    He was about 6 or 7 months old then.
     
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  5. Apr 11, 2017
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    He was such a pretty boy!
     
  6. Apr 11, 2017
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    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    It was obvious that Fortunato had gotten the job done- the due date for both does was mid-February. In the meantime, another friend's buck came to visit both Hazel and Scully. Rocky Balboa was the sweetest little blond buckling. P1202419.JPG
     
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  7. Apr 12, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    Mabel's due date came and went. She knew the code by instinct and waited for the coldest weather to settle in to keep us guessing. After trying to freeze in the barn with her, we decided to make things a little warmer and a lot more convenient and moved her to the garage. She wasn't happy, of course, and Zaph's due date was catching up to her and so we brought Zaph in also. P2192759.JPG P2192780.JPG
     
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  8. Apr 12, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    You can tell the goats are cold and a little miserable with waiting on the new arrivals, even in the slightly warmer temporary lodgings. This was only our second kidding and Mabel was being hard to read- ligs? no ligs? She kept us on our toes and DD ended up spending her high school winter break vacation sitting watch, taking turns with me and her older sister. 5am seemed like just the right time to go into labor with two chocolate brown doelings, Bella and Stella who had some white markings. P2192773.JPG P2212790.JPG 10422301_10205003074669461_4466923967740985894_n.jpg P2222834.JPG
     
  9. Apr 17, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    Not to be outdone, Zaph kidded twin bucklings the very next day. Fox and Zorro were both around four pounds. P2222850.JPG P2222839.JPG P2222870.JPG
     
  10. Apr 20, 2017
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    After kidding time comes cuddle time! P2222817.JPG P2222821.JPG P2212810.JPG P2212809.JPG P2283016.JPG