“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.”
― W.C. Fields
It is that time of the year again where we think and think and think to come up with a theme for our goat kids. When we started we named the kids that we brought superhero names. Mostly of the X-Men variety. Then we did by giving each sire a theme. That meant Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Wild West. Not all those themes were followed through.
The year 2020 we did music titles from the 1960s and 2021 was Harry Potter. This year we tossed themes around like the A List with just names that start with the letter A, Percy Jackson, Greek Mythology, Candy, and even dessert names. None of those were fully agreed upon by everyone.
This year the them is everything galaxy from planets, stars, and constellations. Kind of exciting since all the names seem neat and ethereal. This year we kick off with our surprise twins from Atlas and Zoey. They are going to be registered as TinyHineyFarmNY A Arcturus (buckling P1) and TinyHineyFarmNY A Andromeda (doeling P2).
We are excited to name and have fun learning the meaning of each of the names the kids are going to have. Stay tuned for the baby goats being born and who is available.
©Google Images of the galaxy.
"Love is not love, without a violin playing goat."
Love is in the air and we are excited to continue with our kidding season. (Besides our little surprises at the beginning of February.) This is our fourth year on our small, family farm breeding registered Nigerian Dwarf goats. Our lives are filled with their great personalities and wonderful milk.
Last year we were blessed to add Kindred Souls BR Effervescense. Effye as we love to call her is going to be a 3rd freshener. Last year she kidded quad minis. The dear girl did amazing through it. We got her full of milk and when trying to dry her off she took forever. This little doe is made for milking.
In her pedigree she has Dill's LC Sweet Baby Ray, Dill's TS Lucchese, GCH Dill's GA Pancetta, Dill's D Two-Step, Castle Rock Shazam!, AGS Dawnland PPS Silver Screen, SG Castle Rock Cleveland Sage, and GCH CRF Castle Rock Rock Sun Saphire to name a few.
Isn't she pretty? Look at those boots on the front. She is solid black with extensive white overlay. The sire she is bred with is silky black in the coat. These babies should be solid to black with white. Hoping they get the polled from Effye.
The handsome sire is This & That Acres Mizter Man *B. He had wonderful lines from FeatherNScale Mizter Spotlight *B, Tiny Angels CK Two Faced +B, NC Promisedland MG Mizi 3*M, SG Rebelwood LS Sweet Bella 3*M, Rebelwood D Long Shot AI +*B, and SGCH Rebelwood Sweet Bodhi Tree 2*M.
Those lines can't be argued as being fantastic.
The kids are towards the end of the gestation and it makes it harder to get a good read on the ultrasound. Throw in the fact that we are still learning. She could just have twins or there might be quads in there. Only time will tell. Or should we say just under 3 more weeks to go.
If you would like to get on the list for Effye and Mr. Man kids just send us a message and we will be more than happy to add you to it. Reservations are free. As always we hold the right to have first choice to any kids born on the farm.
"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.
"Love is not love, without a violin playing goat."
These three little men are stealing our hearts away fast! How cute are they? We might have been a little bummed that there were three boys. However, there are three healthy boys. Each one of them turned out to be a different coloring or pattern.
Now we know you must be excited to meet them. Below is each one separately with a description of their features. Truly wish that we had a little entrance music to make it more festive. Without further ado, please welcome L1, L2, and L3.
Tiny Hiney Farm L1
Tiny Hiney Farm L1 is a handsome gold with minimal white and brown eyes. He has some lovely yellowing from the iodine spray. This guy is a big boy and sturdy. Quite a bit heavier than his two brothers. Dad has moon spots. Maybe some will pop up as he grows. He will be disbudded shortly. Our family is retaining this buckling to be one of our farm's future herd sires.
Tiny Hiney Farm L2
Tiny Hiney Farm L2 is a nice buckskin. As soon as his head was cleared he was a yelling. Love his cute funky mohawk of a white poll. There are frosted ears and a muzzle that is completely kissable. Of course only for the time being because he is going to get stinky really fast. While holding and giving out some daily cuddles, I noticed that he has moonspots. YES! That is such a nice surprise. His eyes are a lovely brown. Disbudding is being done in a couple of days. This boy would add some wonderful milking lines to your herd.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3
Tiny Hiney Farm L3 is a solid white with a brown spot on his left front leg. Sporting dreamy brown eyes and a sense of curiosity. Please don't mind the iodine stain. Seems I might have got a little over excited to use the spray bottle with it. That was easy and almost not messy. Except one of the boys when it hit their tummy it bounced right back on my face. I was a little spotted. The little guy will be disbudded in just a couple of days. If you are looking for a new herd sire and a white stud at that. This is your boy.
Our family and farm are both very proud of this breeding pair. We are exited to see them grow over the next few weeks. Not to mention getting our baby cuddles in before they go to their new homes. If you would like any information on these boys, please leave a comment or contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any questions.
Have a blessed day! ~The Doerr's~
“But...that doesn't make any sense...!'
'It does if you're a goat.”
~ Linda Medley, Castle Waiting, Vol. 2
The next morning we did BOSE shots. Joanna had said it would be okay to let them wait a day. Each boy got a dose of BOSE and you would have thought we were killing them. Oh how they cried! Which made momma pace back and forth quite a bit. Siggie checked everyone of them over after they got their shots. Each buckling got it's own sticker for being good sports along with snuggles.
Donald with Tiny Hiney Farm L1 trying to suckle.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3 getting his snuggles.
Tiny Hiney Farm L2 after his BOSE.
More Eskimo Kisses. Guess it is what you do with baby goats. (L2)
Now that this part is done, we get to gear up for CDT shots. Oye! Not looking forward to that one either or disbudding. Baby steps and learning along away. We got this! Now if someone can tell us how long iodine stays on white fur?
A creative mind is never tidy.
When the little tykes came into the world, Mother Nature was playing games with us. The weather was just cold and gloomy. Super windy and rainy. Of course they can never or almost never kid when it is sun shining and warm.
We have a few small dog sweaters. Which of course we couldn't find right when we needed them. It was time to improvise. A few of Donald's socks and a pair of scissors would do the trick. Snipped off the toes, the tube end, and made little leg holes.
Hurray! We have little sock sweaters. They are not any where close to being perfect but they are effective. The boys were warm along with the heating lamp. These will only be on for a couple days. Very happy to have created something that worked.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3 & L2 sporting their jackets.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3
Sophie with all 3 boys, L1 & L3 in front.
These little guys are rocking their muscle sport sweaters. Soon enough they will be headbutting and jumping around. Our family will be found in the pen getting all the snuggles we can.
*Found sweaters later and they are way to big. Nigerian Dwarfs are small.
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.
Love is in the air! Fairlea Sieglinde has been crying her fool head off and you can find her singing her siren song to the boys at the corner of the barn. They were more than happy to be lured over as far as they could to listen to her. Flapping their tongues and serenading her back.
Donald and I got bundled up and headed out to let our selected two to meet. There definitely was no wining and dining. Ivy Creek's T Lil' Cavan doesn't play around. He got right to work. Now there might have been a moment or two when he teased the other guys with a ha ha I got a girlfriend kind of look.
A couple of times we had connection and the evidence was there. Then Little Miss Siggie remembered she is a lady and told him that it won't happen again until he brings her flowers. He will give it a shot again this evening.
Let's cross our fingers that in 145 days around April 24, 2019, that there are little Cavan and Siggie kids on the ground. So excited as this will be our first kids in our farm name.
©Kimberly Doerr at T. H. Photography 2018
"On second thought, I think I am more crazy than my goat."
Fairlea Sieglinde celebrating Labor Day 2018.
If you talk to people about goats, most think weed eaters, brush cutters, and milk. A person deciding to get goats needs to take a little bit of time to figure out what breed that they want to start their herd out with. There are quite a few out there that have their strengths and amazing potential to offer for a goat farmer. The first thing you need to ask yourself is what purpose would you like to use your goats for? Most people get dairy or meat goats. There are some that like to use goats for fibers, pulling cart, or just having pet goats. This blog segment is a ice breaker to the breeds we will cover over the next couple of months. Maybe sooner if time allows. Oh, who am I kidding? Time is in short supply these days.
We are going to list a few breeds by what their purpose is normally used for in a herd. Some goat breeds have multiple uses. Having multiple use breeds cuts down on having to have different goats on your farm and keeping even closer eye on no cross breeding. If that was what you were working towards.
Red Maple's PW Black Majyk
We looked at a few different breeds. The Saanens and Nubiens were our top pick just for preference of the bigger dairy breeds. Then it happened. In our research we came across the Nigerian Dwarf breed. Their size was small and handlable. The fact that personalities are friendly is great for our little ones. Different color coats can be found in this breed. Throw in the blue eyes (I know it shouldn't matter) and we were sold.
We will cover more on Nigerian Dwarf goats when we write the information page on them. Currently we own 14 in our herd. Stop back in and read some more. Leave us a comment about your favorite breed and why? Have a blessed day.
©Kimberly S. Doerr at T. H. Photography