Hi everybody!! Finally I am glad to say that I am making a post with no bad news. The source of the problems I was having was with the wrapped hay, everybody is looking EXCELLENT now!
I wanted to make a post about my experience with my first buck that is intact. We were given this little amazing man in May with the plans that he will be our first breeding buck, and he was SUCH a sweetheart since he was raised on the bottle from a local family with kids who adored him. He still is sweet as pie but I swear to you all that within 1 week he completely transformed.
Rut has begun, the girls are in heat, and he went from being the adorable little man you see in the above photo to being SO GROSS! lol. He is covered in dirt and pee, is making really nasty noises, mounting all the goats, (including 2 wethers), and he keeps licking me every time I go out to say hello.
I was warned about this from all my research, and it was expected, but I didn't expect it to happen so fast. It was like a light switch went off and he just changed very fast. He is snorting, whining and being absolutely crazy.
Does it stop after rut? Will I be able to hug him again, or will he forever be covered in pee? I am not separating him out this year as I have 3 other bucklings who are born of registered moms. The bucklings are chamoisse (not sure how to spell), and I am planning on keeping 3 for breeding, in their own enclosure, but not until next spring as I want the 2 boys to remain with their moms through the winter.
I am so happy things are finally going good on the farm. Here is a video of my property, and my favorite goat Cookie Mueller who my farm logo is based off of. She responds to her name every time with her little voice!