Wow, Eleganza sure chose the day! Very kindly, she also chose an hospitable time. 10:05 a.m. the first doe was born, a 9.5 lb white and beige cutie. I thought for awhile that she was a single, but at 10:29 out popped her sister, a lot smaller at 5.65 lbs. She is a red doe with white splotches, also extremely adorable.
The big player today was the wind, however, and at that time of the morning the sun wasn’t really high enough to make a difference in that greenhouse. We don’t have the south facing gable end closed off, and even with windbreaks, it was still feeling more than brisk. The key is to getting them dried off as quickly as possible, but with the temperatures, it didn’t happen as fast as usual. I have them all tight in a little jug with lots of straw, and towels and tarps blocking the sides. I was concerned for awhile for the little one, but her temperature is staying close to 101 and they are both nursing well. By this afternoon they were up and about, not falling down as much, and sweet as all get out.
Cuteness overload! I am going to have to be checking on them through the night, I don’t want either of them to get too chilled. The temperature is going to plummet and tomorrow we are supposed to have extreme, gusty winds again, worse than today. Let’s hope that Dorcas, Delta and Betsy decide to hold off until at least Sunday afternoon. Really girls, I mean it :*)
Back in the fall when I headed out to Vermont to pick up the two new Golden Guernsey does, our friend Jane and I bought a GG buckling from Ardelia Farm as well. Jane kept him as she was planning on breeding earlier than I was, and we were counting on making the switch in December.
Well, farming being what it is, things did not go as planned! It ended up not being much of an issue as it appears Reddog is not quite mature enough to be interested in the girls. Sigh. One more complication in the breeding plan. But, we finally had the opportunity to make a handover on Sunday. Jane and I live 200 miles apart, so we met in the middle, in Bethel, Maine. After the snow on Saturday, Sunday was a brilliant blue and white day. A neighbor of ours in Round Pond was also meeting Jane, so we caravanned over. It was a beautiful day for a drive, and with a few mis-turns, we made Bethel earlier than we thought we would. We had a lovely visit standing in the parking lot of the Good Food Store on Route 2, and had a lovely barbecue sandwich from the food truck in the lot. Then we headed home.
Sunday was a beautiful day for a drive. Going toward the White Mountains and Mount Washington was quite a toot, and we had a great day. Little Reddog the Golden Guernsey buckling traveled well. Unfortunately, after it looked as though the big group of girls were going to accept him, if a little hesitantly, they ganged up on him yesterday afternoon. We had been watching the group dynamics pretty carefully, and even though he tried to run under everyone’s radar, it didn’t work. We had to pen him so the girls would not beat him up and push him out of the greenhouse into the screaming wind and single digit temperatures. Maybe they will get a little less hostile by the end of the week. At least he is out of the wind and eating well. Hopefully he is one of the breed bucks of the future! He just needs some time to grow into himself :*)
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