Beau Chevre Gunsmoke
“I love you more than I love goats, and you know how I feel about goats", Gaby said.”
― James Patterson, The Christmas Wedding
This gentleman is one of our favorites. We have had three successful breeding seasons with him. However, a hard decision is being discussed as we decide what stays in the herd and what goes. Gunsmoke was the farthest we have personally traveled to go pick a goat up and bring him home. He came from TKs Mountain Ridge Farm down in Tennessee. We are grateful to Kathy McFarlane for entrusting us with him.
As soon as he arrived to our farm we knew he was special. This boy has the looks, personality, and dairy aspects we were looking to add to our herd. He has proven that in the past 3 years. After more discussions on his residency it has been determined that Gunsmoke will stay and be a lifetime head man (he is the oldest in our herd). We couldn't be happier with this decision.
Taken March 2022
Dam: Beau Chevre Cookie
Dam's Dam: Flat Rock's Casi
Dam's Sire: Prairie Wood Sumatra
Sire: Flat Rock's Despereaux
Sire's Dam: AGS Enchanted Hill Tom Jefferson
Sire's Sire: Flat Rock's Ginny Weasley
Just a few of Gunsmoke's kids that he has given us. There are more to be seen. Love the way they are set up. If you would like to be on a list for a kid from Gunsmoke let us know.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Silver!
This guy right here is Viridis Montis Fatale Rogue's half brother. We were trying to decide between him and another buckling. I thought it was Silver the deposit was put onto. Ummm no such luck. However, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. He is definitely a happy accident. We ended up purchasing both of them to add to our little herd. Viridis Montis Silver Surfer is quite the ham. He is easy to handle, calm, and friendly. Just might have to say he is our favorite buck. Shhhhh! Don't tell the others.
Last breeding season, Silver proved himself with his first kids on the ground. He had five does to cover, Daze, Snowbell, Aurora, Lapis, and Vixen. All took and were confirmed pregnant. Unfortunately, Snowbell ended up reabsorbing her kids with a stalled pregnancy. The other does gave us ten healthy kids from this breeding. There was a lot of silver and gold. Many of them with blue eyes. We are waiting to see what this boy gives us this year. Special scratches today for him.
The First to Go:
"Home is where the heart likes to dwell. Where the mind wants to dance. Where the air is always pleasant, and love is always abundant."
This is now the start of the hard part of raising animals. The part where they move on to their new homes and we must say until later. Goodbye is too final and we would love seeing updates and hopefully production from all our kids in their new herds.
TinyHineyFarmNY C KingsLanding went to his new home on Moran Family Homestead. Josiane Moran is super sweet. She spends a lot of time with her goats along side her husband. They go on walks with them twice a day for the girls and twice a day for the boys. Have to admit that I am a little jealous of the beautiful and peaceful haven King is heading off to. Tempted to go for a ride with him.
The best thing is Josiane let us know that she was more than willing to share photographs and updates. (Which she has already done and they are so cute.) King or MunchKing as she fondly calls him, is enjoying his new friends. This boy has the sweet life ahead of him. Not to mention she has some amazing does to boot.
Now to just get ready for the next kids that are coming in the very near future. Enjoy the below picture of King with his new momma. Blessing be to you and yours.
Siggie is huge and has hormonal hair loss. :( Pregnancy can be rough!
Fairlea Sieglinde and Ivy Creek's T Lil' Cavan are proud to announce the birth of their three beautiful boys. We have been keeping a good eye on Siggie because we knew that it wouldn't be long before she freshened. Her due date was April 24th, however, we all know how the doe code works. She held out until Saturday morning , April 27. Thank you for that dear lady. We have been helping a sweet friend of ours with her new home. It was nice that she didn't pick those times to kid.
Donald went out to do chores that morning. There wasn't any gunky signs. Her utter was rock hard. He came in and said, "She is going to go today." Less than an hour later he went back out to check on her. That is when he noticed there was a head, but no feet. The little one's sack was already broken. We cleaned the mouth and nose, but the little one was having a bit of a problem. Both of the front feet were tucked still in momma. We tried helping and couldn't seem to maneuver the legs out. A quick call to Joanna of Kingsley Veterinary Services was needed.
Joanna is wonderful. She specializes in small ruminants and was able to come out to give a hand. The little one managed to work itself out before she got here. Soon after it was followed by a second kid. Joanna did a bump exam and said that there was at least one more. Eeek! Very excited as we knew from the ultrasound that there were twins. The last little one swooped right out with a flourish. It is so funny how slimy and floppy that they are.
Momma cleaned them all off and was very affectionate and efficient in the job. Our own little two legged kiddos were in awe of the experience of life that they witnessed. They had a lot of questions to ask Joanna. After the birth of the babies it is all that they talked about. We visited the barn often throughout the day.
It is really impossible not to sit down in the pen and suck up all this adorableness. Look at these boys! They are so cute and the two are tiny compared to their big brother by minutes but it counts.
Tiny Hiney Farm L1 is currently retained. Call us sentimental or crazy, but he was the first born to the farm and he gave us our first scare. But it isn't just about that. We would like to see him develop and if the milking lines behind them are passed to his daughters. Check out both Fairlea Sieglinde's and Ivy Creek's T Lil' Cavan pedigree pages. They speak for themselves.
The other two little bucklings will be available for deposit in two weeks. All will be registered with AGS/ADGA. After they are weaned at eight weeks old they will be available to go to their new homes. If you have any questions, we are more than happy to help.
Sophie with Tiny Hiney Farm L1
Now to add just a last little bit of cuteness to our kidding story. Sophie and Tiny Hiney Farm L1 with Eskimo Kisses. It is wonderful that we have a chance to provide a home that offers a multitude of experiences and love for all things great and small.
"Love is three quarters curiosity."
Cavan, August 2018
Everyone seems to love the reality t.v. shows, "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". Here on the farm we have the same thing going on. Instead of roses there is smelly, stinky beards and blubbery kisses. The dates are mostly planned if we can determine the "lust for love" is there. If the ladies need a little more pursuing then it is a weekend or couple week retreat together. All of this for a few seconds of fun. Then she is like, "Nope! The chemistry is gone and the moment is past." Talk about getting all hot and bothered for nothing. I mean, why did she even bother to shave her legs or comb her tail?
However short the courtship act is the anticipation of the waiting to see if there is a repeating of the courtship dance in 20 days or we are on the road to waiting 145 to 150 days for bouncy babies to arrive. So much cuteness. Not even sure what to do with it?!
These lovely ladies have made the cut in Ivy Creek's T Lil' Cavan's edition of the show at Tiny Hiney Farm for 2019. There are bound to be some beauties to be had from them. Majyk "Maggie" is a first time freshener. Those blue eyes are striking and hope Cavan passes on some moonspots to the kids. Sieglinde "Siggie" is on her third kidding. Curious to see if her coloring will override his dark coloring. Luna and Annika are both prepping for their second time around as mommas. Both beautiful ladies are chamoisee and maybe they will create a cham/buckskin hybrid. Only time will tell. Plus waddles from Luna.
In the end, we would just like easy pregnancies and healthy babies. Those are our wishes for this kidding season. Now if the doe fairy would come and visit us to that would be great. If you would like to be on the reserved list for any of these pairings, please feel free to comment or contact us. Let us know what you are looking for exactly. We are more than happy to help. Stay tuned to see what is confirmed and what we have coming up. <3 Blessings to you.
Rut Ro It's Rut Season
“I love you more than I love goats, and you know how I feel about goats", Gaby said.”
~ James Patterson, The Christmas Wedding
All our smelly boys, Falcon, Silver, & Cavan.
It is in the early morning hours. The sun has barely began to poke it's smiley face up making an appearance to start the day. The closer you get to the barn you notice an extremely heavy musky smell coming from the bachelor bucks' house. Oh, this is just letting you know that love is in the air. The boys are ready to appeal to the ladies for their romantic interests.
If you haven't been around buck goats (intact males) then you would more than likely find this smell repulsive. Some of us go nose blind to it since we are around it all the time. Even with that said it is heavier in the fall season then any other time of the year. Call it nature's Valentines holiday. This is when some of your sweet gentleman can turn into real @sshats. Extra pushing, butting, and some might even have the gull to pee on you, not just themselves. These guys stink most of the time but during rut is is three times worse.
Cavan strutting his stuff followed by Falcon.
Why are these guys so stinky? A little bit on how the boys special scent is created. They have scent glands located next to their horns. Add that to the fact that they pee on their heads and beards making themselves stronger than a teenage boy layering on the Axe body spray. Not really pleasant at all. Getting rid of this smell from your skin and clothes can be hard. Homemade soaps made with goat milk and anise essential oil can help out with that due to anise being great on helping removing odors. Shred this soap and add it to your laundry load to help take the stench from your clothes. If you would prefer to add the shaved soap to your current laundry solution you can do that too. To help reduce some of the smell of your buck you can trim their beards, wash their faces and undersides to help keep down the scent.
If you have little buckling kids, don't think that you are safe from them stinking like a mature buck. Some bucklings hit sexual maturity at the age of two months. That little and that young. At this age they can even go as far to breed the does and doelings. Separating them is a good idea at this point if not sooner.
The girls enjoying some nice green brush.
It is a good idea to keep your bucks away from the does not just for accidental breeding purposes but because they can change the taste of the goats milk. Who would have thought that another creatures scent could change milks taste that isn't created by them? Having a buck in or close residence of your milking does can give the milk a goaty flavor.
Even though our boys stink to high heaven currently, we adore them. They are sweet, blubbering, tongue wagging fools. They still love attention and greet us at the fence. Soon we will be setting them up for some dates and they can do their jobs that they have been preparing for. We hope for a successful kidding season this upcoming Spring 2019. It will be the first one under our farms name.
The one last thing that did make us chuckle is our oldest son, Devion said that the boys smell "fruity". Has anyone else found that to be the case? Leave us a comment as we would like to know your opinion on it. Have a blessed day.