The last day of winter break turned out to be the most gentle and almost-springlike. It was at least 45F, and for a lot of the day the sun was very generous. It felt extremely good to be outside working.
We are not really sure when our Golden Guernsey goat Battie is due to kid, but we were told that she could be ready sometime around the end of February or the beginning of March. She has a tiny bit of an udder started, but not much yet. I am checking every day! But, if she is due by the end of this week, we need to have a bona fide kidding pen/jug clean and ready. We got a tiny bit of a start on it late this past week, but most of that was just for planning purposes.
I have a very “flexible” setup in the livestock greenhouse, which has its pros and cons. Good that it can be re-configured as our needs change, but it always seems to me that I am recreating the wheel! It’s exhausting sometimes. I have two separate groups of does and something I have been wanting to do for a few years is to have a pen that spans both sides of the greenhouse, so it can be in use from either side. (Which necessitated the removal of some median heavy, galvanized panels. I could only consider it if I had a lot of help, and my son has the brawn and the youth to help with that!). The dividing panels have been pretty sunken into the dirt floor for a few years now, so it was something i have not been successful with on my own. But today we managed it! My girls are due to kid at such different times that I really only need 1 jug this year. They will all take their turns, from one side, or the other.
One of the most important things we need to take care of in our climate are windbreaks in the greenhouse. The gable ends are mostly open, which can be an issue. So I have gotten some plywood and we managed to get some in place. It definitely will help me to get a better night’s sleep, as I think we are in pretty good shape right now.
Tomorrow I have to sort out my birthing box!