Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Goat Hierarchy

The very Pregnant Herd Queen....
Due any day and under surveillance

The Queen Challenger....

The Mediator....

The Gauntlet has been thrown down!

The mediator steps in in Defense of the Queen!

The Queen giving a Hard Stare across the back of the Mediator!

The Mediator warning the Challenger...

Forgive me???

Uneasy truce till Ethel reached through the brush to bite Sunshine's ear!
Sunshine was quick and she missed!

Group Picture!

Bonnie munching my ONLY Mullein flower plant in the pasture!


Kate due soon! From the looks of things!

Maryann... With a splint on her back leg...
 I don't think its broke but she was holding it way up ..
Removed the splint and she is fine now..

Little Ms. Polly...
Lookin all cute!
 Goats have a definite order in their herds.. Sunshine has been queen since she arrived.. I had the total of 2 goats , Sunshine and her sister Tulip..  Sunshine is boss!....Period.. Even other goats I brought in full grown have always given way to her with little or no effort on her part.. She just looks at them some times and they back off... I have kept  her in a pen with her being so close to kidding and wanting to be there when she kids because of her hip. Ethel has decided she needs to challenge her every time we let her out for exercise.. So Saturday I let her out for a while and just supervised so it didn't get to be to much on Sunshine.  Ethel came swinging around hair raised and back all bowed up.. Sunshine bowed up right back and started backing her up.. Ethel would go up on her hind legs and Sunshine just stood there till she came down then head down they would Butt heads. Then here came Hope waddling in and throwing her weight around at Ethel!!  Hair raised up Back bowed as much as possible. Pushing back at Ethel and rubbing her head on Sunshine. It was really quite comical to watch. I walked down into the pasture to watch them for a while and get Sunshine out for a while.. Ethel kept easing behind me to take little stabs at Sunshine who for the most part ignored her!Lol
 We have passed the 150 day mark from when Moses slid under the fence to be with the goat girls. Sunshine has had all sorts of signs for 2 weeks and no ligs at all for about 4 days.. She likes to drag things out.. However since last night her udder has seriously increased.  I am hoping they are born by in the morning since we are suppose to go help butcher turkeys around noon tomorrow!
  Brenda let me borrow her barn camera since it does not require cable like mine. So we have been watching Sunshine TV! lol I will of course post pics as soon as the Kids are born! I cant wait...

The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.  Proverbs 27:26-27


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, no kidding season for us anymore!


Brenda said...

You captured the quest for Queen very well in your photos. Hope is a very smart goat. I'm sure Sunshine enjoyed the time out to graze and exercise for a while.

Sunshine TV .... that's cute! :D