5.26.2010 I love lambars.

If I could find a shirt that said “I love lambars”, I would buy it and wear it. Maybe I’ll check Hoeggers (goat supply company). I offically have all of the spring kids trained on the lambar. YAY!!!! This means I can simply dump a couple of gallons of milk in a bucket and walk off now, instead of spending hours every day bottle feeding. I do have to keep an eye on things and make sure the big ones don’t bully the tiny ones off the nipples. But that’s easy enough. I just lock all the bullies out of the pen when I feed and let the younger ones eat first. It’s amazing that a time span of 8 days makes that much of a difference in their maturity and strength, but it sure does! Cactus is looking like she is finally going to kid. She was the last one to kid last spring, too. She should be the last one for the month of May. We still have Em and Mellow to go, but I have no idea when they are due. I guess we’ll find out soon enough. It figures, as soon as I get all the kids trained on the lambar, here comes another baby to bottle. Oh well. As long as Cactus at least has twins I won’t complain too much. If she has a single, I will have to pull one of the babies out of the kid pen and back into the house so the new one isn’t alone. Goats don’t do well alone. At all. It can become a life or death situation if a goat is seperated from her herd and left alone for several days. I don’t know how tramatic it would be for a newborn to be alone. It’s not like they’ve ever known a herd, or even shared a womb. But, they have always been with their mamas and heard the sounds of her. Hmm . . . something to think about. I’m pretty sure Cactus will have twins, though. She did last year, and if a goat carries twins her first freshening, she will always carry at least twins, most likely more. So not to worry . . . .