I visit the boys every day. There is usually one of them in trouble some how. Yesterday it was the Shetland ram with his horns stuck in the net, though usually it is Stevie, the wonder goat.He gets himself stuck in all sorts of predicaments. The rams and the three goat bucks are together now, and have been most of the summer. They all get along and as time progressed, I added a ram lamb or two when they began to show interest in breeding the little girls in their pen. This year I have kept all the lambs so far. There were no accidents and everyone was bred on purpose for a purpose, the wool mostly.
The problem I am facing is where to put the groups to keep them safe and allow them to be together for breeding. I have been busy building shelters and penning areas off,but am still short two pens. That is the trouble with keeping so many different sheep and goats. There are three bucks, one Angora, one Kiko (meat) and one Nigerian Dwarf each to be with the respective females. The Nubians will be bred to the Nigerian Dwarf next year because he is way too small to do that job this year. They will have to be bred to the Kiko.
Then there are so many different sheep breeds and all those rams to sort out. First everyone needs to be dewormed where they are, so the worms are shed there. Then they can leave and I will only have that one or two pens to clean up. The female sheep and the female goats are in one pen and the rams and bucks in a different one.They cannot see each other, or some one would be trying to bust out already. The Kiko goat is peeing on himself to make his smell irresistible for the ladies, and although I think he stinks, they actually love that and come up to him and rub against him.Go figure.
It will be fun getting them dewormed and hooves trimmed in preparation for breeding. That has to be done next week. It would be great to get it done in a day, and I could get some help though I will see. I wish all the rams were as friendly as Friar and Jackson, the Babydolls.Quinn is fairly calm around me too, but the others have to be chased down into a pen. Robbie will help with that. What do you think of the Fat Ewe Farm Boys?