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Friday, April 24, 2009

Goat activity guide

On a warm day, wander around a bit, find anything lying around on the ground and eat it. Eat it quickly, and chew fast. Don't bother to even swallow, just eat as much as you can. When full, find a shaded spot, preferably on a discarded piece of wood lying around. Lie there until you're stomach is less full - usually about 30 minutes. Then get up, and eat more. Repeat until sunset.


Claire MW said...

LOVE it! So, so true! I don't even have to pass along this message to my goats because they are already experts!

By the way, in response to your question on my blog, the lambing pen is inside the barn, but I'd read that we should let her have her lambs outside first, and then move them all in, rather than bringing her in to have the lambs. Apparently the stress of the move inside can cause the birth to go wonky, or she might step on a lamb being in a more confined area, while trying to birth the other one(s). I figured it could not hurt to take that advice.

Unknown said...

Oh too funny! And the expression on his face looks like "What you lookin' at???" LOL

Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

Yes, Frankie has quite the face...As my little niece says, "Frankie is a GIRL!" {She used to get really upset when she was five that people thought Frankie [her real name is Franklinia] was a boy and she'd say very sternly to people if they used the pronoun 'he' - "Frankie is a girl!!"

Hey Claire - Oh I didn't mean to sound like a know it all - I was just curious why in cold weather they were lambing outside. But I'm sure your advice givers were from there - like I said I just have empathy for lambing or kidding in harsher climates! I've never had the 'mashed lamb" thing happen - but new mothers can be rather unpredictable. I think it happens more if you don't separate out your others from the lambing mom. Our lambing areas are anywhere from 10x5' up to 12x12'. I do like to keep the moms moving and grazing until they absolutely have to be brought into a lambing area. But if you're a big breeder, or are in a cold climate, that wouldn't be wise I guess. Geeze, there is so much advice out there and we all just have to do our best!! But congrats, I hope all are healthy -

Oh 'nother funny story. When Lewisia Pinie had her first lambs, she was walking calmly back to the barn with two legs hanging out of her. She hadn't looked ready to lamb so I left her out, and man, it was funny. Her expression was so non chalant.

Cathy said...

Frankie is FIERCE! I love her.

farmlady said...

Sounds just like my goatboys. Are you related?

Emma said...

Heehee! I like this. :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your blog, your art, your stories, your sense of humor! And your animals. Wish I lived closer so I could visit the sweet donkeys and goats, and the cats. Would you mind if I posted some of your art on my blog? (I have been wanting to ask you that for the longest time.) My one year blog anniversary is in May and I would like to have a special entry about Apifera Farm and your awesome art.
Thank you for considering. Big hug, Deborah P.S. I have a cat photo contest in the works - wanna play?

Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

Hi again, everyone!

Deborah - so kind of you, thank you! And thank you to for asking first to post my images. I'd be happy for you to write about my art- so congrats on one year I can't believe I'm on year 4! Eeeeegads....A cat contest hmmm, I might have a few shots for that. Do I win another cat?

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