(The video above is some of what went on when we reintroduced Reddog back into the main group of does. He did quite well)
It’s been quite a week and a half. The wind that has plagued us just did not let up. The temperatures have risen, however, and we are having some lovely sunlight. I have been home from my day job for three days now, with a flu-like cold. As an asthmatic, I get my flu shot religiously, and I am glad it only hit me a glancing blow.
As the days have gone by since we brought Reddog onto the farm, we have been watching the way the does in the main pen have been interacting with him, as he has been penned inside the greenhouse in a corner of their space. Every once in awhile, SnowPea, our herd queen, will go over and stick her head through the green panels and try to give him a shove, but other than that the girls looked fairly friendly to him. One of SnowPea’s twins is actually quite smitten with him!
This morning we got up and found the sun coming up, clear skies, and dead calm. No wind for a change. So I thought it might be about time to let the little bucky boy out of the bag, and see how they all get along. I always try to do this when they are hungry and won’t have all their attention on putting the new goat in his or her place, as they are focused on getting some breakfast. There was some posturing, but right out of the pen, Reddog took the initiative to put the head butting moves on the girls. The first time we put them together, he just kept running away from them. This is a good sign. Sam was out there checking on them a little while ago and he was up the fence line, have a tete-a-tete with Oreo, the buckling in the next pen over. It’s a good sign.
Reddog is still very shy with people, which is not a bad thing when it comes to rams and bucks. I don’t like getting too friendly. (If you make them too friendly, when they get all grown up, they think they can boss you around, as though you are part of their herd. It doesn’t usually end well, as I can attest to, having been punched down quite a few times by some of our rams. Not fun. I am too old for this!).
So we shall see. I am hoping that one or two of the Lamancha does come into heat, even at this late date, so I can get my Golden Guernsey breeding-up program going. I won’t mind having kids later in the season. You just never know :*)