Getting New Babies

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  • #66299

    IceFire
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    Put money down today on a 1 yr old heifer, and a week-old bull calf. Half down today, the remainder when they come home (after the bull calf is weaned, in about 5 months.) In the meantime, I can go visit and play with them.

    #66324

    IceFire
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    Went and played with the “babies” today, then went and picked up 3 new hen “ducklings.” They’re 3 months old, and pretty close in size to the 3 (2 drakes and a hen) that I already had. They all seem to be getting along VERY well. The new girls are fitting right in.

    #66361

    IceFire
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    Have been going over to play with my “babies” every Sunday afternoon. Mostly to get them accustomed to me, and to being handled. Last week I finally got the 1 year-old heifer to east some “cow cakes” out of my hand, but she wouldn’t allow any other touching. Today, I was able to give her head scratches, so we’re getting her more accustomed to the interaction. We’re going to end up bringing her home in a week or two, rather than waiting until the baby bull is weaned.

    #66405

    IceFire
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    Went over to visit the “babies” again today. The little bull is growing like a weed! The heifer remembered me…the “cow cake lady”! Instead of being standoffish or even running away, she came right up to me (looking for cow cakes, of course!) We’ve also progressed to neck rubs as well as head scratches.

    On Thursday, we’ll take the trailer over and load her up to bring her home (with cow cakes to help bribe her in, of course!)

    #66588

    Duncan
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    Sounds like fun. Last February we picked up two Nigerian Dwarfs (a doe and a wether) only three days old. We bottle-fed them three times a day (the first time I ever bottle-fed anything except a human baby).

    About the same time we got another two goats, also a doe and wether: miniature silkie (“fainting” goats); these already 12 weeks old and weaned. Now they’re close to adult size; we’re planning on having both the does covered around March and they should both kid and be in milk bu about this time next year.

    We should be able to get a quart of milk a day between them, and we’re looking forward to not only drinking the milk (if you haven’t tried it, it’s exactly like whole dairy milk) as well as trying our hand at butter, cream cheese and maybe goat-milk soap!

    We also got a dozen baby chicks at around the same time; they all survived, and are now laying — different colored eggs!

    It’s hard work, but fun!!

    #66590

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Definitely fun, but also work! Had already brought the heifer home, and last weekend brought home the bull calf. I’ve got him (literally) eating out of my hand. Also have a goat that I’m milking 2x/day (5 goats altogether, but only 1 in milk) and making cheese, along with collecting eggs from the chickens.

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