Friday, October 26, 2012

Security Breach


I have spent a good deal of time thinking about my breeding schedule. I have been planning kidding dates to correspond with shows and the fair. Cora Belle is still on milk test so I planned for a very late breeding so that she would produce for the full 305 days required. I have thought a lot about who I would breed to whom. I have decided not to breed all the does like I did last year. Maybe just Cora Belle, Wedding Belles, and Hazelnut.

Can you tell where this is going?

Tonight when I went down to put all the does away the herd ran to me as they always do but with two additions, Lucky and Pepe.
Apparently in my haste to get the buck pen up after Keith's accident I forgot to attach one of the livestock panels to the T-post.
I then spent the next ten minutes wrangling the two bucks away from the girls. By now the girls had had enough of those stinky boys...especially Pepe.
When I got home, Keith asked, like he always does, how things were at the farm. I burst into tears and told him about the mess I had walked into.
He wrinkled up his nose and said, "I'd throw those clothes directly into the wash. You smell like a buck."

12 comments:

Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies said...

I just read your post about your husband!! That is so frightening. I'm glad he's going to be okay in the long run and sad that he has to recover for that long! It can always be worse, but that doesn't help when he can't take a deep breath, huh?!?

As for the breeding? We all screw up, right? Maybe you'll get some beautiful babies out of it. It could always be worse. Pepe could have wound up in your living room, and that would have been downright NASTY.

Terry said...

I follow only a few goat blogs, and it seems to me that you could all save a bit of time and share the same blogpost about breeding plans gone awry, bucks in with the girls, and stinky clothes. Maybe use a "fill in the blank" system with the name of the buck that got out (or the determined girl that got in)?
:)

petoskystone said...

Oh mannnn....:/ Fairly certain the bucks weren't a bit of help. How many does were in a standing heat?

Chai Chai said...

It was just one day, right? What harm could come from one day??????

Ugh.

DebH said...

oh Yikes! I love it when others say "I always keep breeding my does under close supervision!" I always just smile... That'll jinx you for sure! Course, I've managed to have several early birds and "big surprises" when I least expect it. How in the world? I think everyone should have a goat or two before they speak. It'll teach you life in a heartbeat! p.s. I always go check on everyone first thing in the morning to see what, who and how everyone is separated. Some days I just shake my head...it happens. Now get out that calendar!

goatgirl said...

Only one does was visibly in heat...Hazelnut but Pepe wouldn't leave Cora Belle alone. Time will tell. Alice had a very shocked look on her face too. The wethers were all hiding in the barn. They'd spent the summer with the bucks and knew this was trouble.

petoskystone said...

Poor Alice! Bet this wasn't the 'welcome home' she was expecting ;)

A Minnesota Homestead said...

Bad boys!!! Even if things don't turn out the way you wanted.. there's always next year to try again right? :)

edenhills said...

If you are determined to stick with your schedule, you can always get Lutalyse from the vets to bring the girls back into heat. I've had to do that when the boys got out and bred a retired or too young girl.

Karen C said...

So glad you're back to posting! And the return of Alice! Also that an accident like that only resulted in injuries that could be fixed.

Marigold said...

Well, at least you know who the bucks are. :) Things happen for a reason. Sit down and have a few Peanuts. That always makes me feel better.

Phyllis said...

Oh geez - knowing goats, I bet they'll all be pregnant. There'es nothing you can do about it now but look forward to spring and the cute little babies.