It was time to start Pearl (due in about 6 weeks), and the juniors on Free Choice alfalfa pellets. We have found these buckets to work really well, with the bucket hook set between 16 - 20 inches off the ground. The girls appear to really love this new-to-them dietary requirement. Pearl, being their pregnant queen, is first chow down to her heart's content. Once she has filled her current pregnant-stomach capacity, she backs down and lets the girls start eating as much as they want.
We choose to feed alfalfa pellets free choice at this point to help the growing girls reach their potential a little sooner, and to our pregnant girls at this stage in pregnancy to help them grow their kids, maintain good condition, while growing their udders.
Found a curiosity in the goats' pasture today! Not sure why, but the goats have allowed it to prosper, they haven't even attempted to nibble on it! This is called a wonderberry plant.. related to tomatoes(you can tell by the leaves), and tasting somewhere between watermelon & blueberries depending upon who you ask... Found 3 of these little plants in their pasture area. :) Thank you goaties for not trying to eat them!
Today we fixed up the buck section of the barn, getting it ready to move Archar and Phoenix out there. Goodness, how time flies! Archar is nine weeks/ four days old weighing 14.4 lbs, and Phoenix is seven weeks/ six days old weighing 11.2 lbs. Can you believe they are that old already? Seems like just yesterday that they came home.
Early Sunglow - Sweet Corn: This type of corn grows to a height of roughly 4 ft, produces 2 ears per stalk, and only takes 63 days until harvest. Left is when it was planted (7/18), Center is two weeks later (8/1), Right was taken today, 3 weeks since it was planted - 13-17 inches tall (8/9). Time to pour on the goat fertilizer!!
Today, Pearl is just 2 months away from kidding. She is getting much calmer, and even let me feel her developing udder, her underbelly and her right side. I got to feel her kid/kids having a good old romp around their dam's insides. Quite strong little bugger/buggers!! Hard to believe that in just 4 weeks she gets her CD&T shot! Then the anticipation & anxious awaiting will begin.