Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Goat Breed....

Sort of....

Over the last few months, we had been expecting that our two Kinder Does were....expecting....We hoped for early Spring babies, but we didn't have any from them.

Over the past couple of weeks, they have been looking increasingly more like they are pregnant. Since it is nearly June - and counting backwards on fingers and toes - we knew that any pregnancy could not have been caused by the Kinder Billy we had up until last Fall. Anything born around here now would HAVE to be the work of Buckingham, one of our Boer Billies.

This morning, I went out to the barn to do chores, and discovered a "Joseph" - a newborn with a "coat of many colors".

His mom is a Kinder (Sally), who is black, white, tan, and brown. Her dad is traditional Boer - white with a brown head.

What we ended up with is a little billy who is mostly white with a multi-colored head and a "snoopy" spot of black and brown on his back.

We've decided that he's a "Kindeboer"......either that or a "Boerkin".....

He's a real cutie, and an odd looking fellow.:

Morning Gift

We let him out to meet the LGD's we have and get a little sunshine this morning but put him and mom back inside until he gets his "sea legs". Deb took a few photos of him laying in the grass:

Enjoying the sun

...and meeting Shadow, our LGD pup. Mom was close by, watching:


Now we have the other Kinder - Annie - to wait out. She should be kidding at any day now. Hopefully, she will have a GIRL.

We don't know what we will do with this boy. We have enough little billies around now. We'll just have to wait and see when he's older.

I decided to do some "horse trading" this week, in regards to chainsaws. I was tired of fighting the Stihl MS-290 I bought 2 1/2 years ago (VERY glad to see it leave...), and traded it and my Husqvarna in on a new Dolmar saw. This one starts better then the Stihl ever THOUGHT about, runs smoother, and is a lot lighter.

I've used it to cut the tops of several posts in the last few days. So far, so good.

I like it LOTS better then the old STILL.......

My goats have just about finished with the "Hillbilly Pasture". For those who don't know what that is (people around here know....LOL!), I close off both ends of our driveway so the goats can "mow" it for us. It saves on fuel, the goats get the good grass, and it irritates the neighbor.

At any rate, they've about finished their work and are ready to move on. I'll let them out into the "jungle" pasture either tomorrow or Monday. I have one small section of fence to fix first, then they can go.

All-in-all, things are pretty good around here. The corn's up, the goats have plenty to eat, it's not snowing, and Deb is taking about 150 photos a day.....

Here is one from last night's sunset that shows God is looking out for ME. It has a big "G" in the clouds to let me know that sunset was for me, personally:

Strange Sunset

It's ok if everyone else enjoyed it, though, that's what sunsets are for.

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