Our Growing Family of Angora Goats

Well it’s been a few weeks now and our first two kids are growing like weeds! It was a surprise to be snuggling Gyda about a week and a half after she was born and feel tiny horns already sprouting. Astrid had her horns poking out just days later and weeds they have become! Growing so fast, jumping up and climbing on everything – baby goats are simply just so much fun!

We had two of our other does have their babies on the same day. Ranger, we woke up to find had twin bucks – coloured too!

Later that day after a trip to Wellington Fibres, a wonderful mill in beautiful Elora, we arrived home to find Marmalade had a gorgeous little buck, who is a beautiful colour as well.

Ranger we found the next day to not be doing so well. Sometimes being a mother is hard and she was quite unwell. We spent the entire evening helping her out, giving her molasses and warm water, and her mineral block, also getting her up to get her system going. During this time she was feeling quite terrible she had a hard time wanting to stand and feed her babies. We fed the baby who would accept it a bottle and all was good.

Thankfully the next morning was a brand new day and things have been perfect since. She has made a complete recovery and is also a wonderful mother.

Marmalade is our most shy angora goat and also the smallest in stature.She is enjoying a private pen with her buck still and doing great.

Our daily numerous visits with the goats is something we all enjoy. Goat hugs are amazing and their antics are truly hilarious.

Baby Angora Goats, Twin Girls!

A few days ago, on a very busy Monday evening , I arrived home to find Lagertha in labour. The telltale mucus plug having been dispelled, Lagertha standing or sitting and seemingly staring off into space were sure signs that her baby was soon on the way. After about an hour it was clear to see the contractions she was having. She settled herself down on the floor, cried out a few bleats and suddenly, a tiny white, nothing but legs baby was lying there! Being the cold night it was, we were prepared with some towels to dry baby off with. No sooner had I done so and set her baby down close to mother, that another baby arrived! It was still in the sac so I immediately broke it open and cleared the baby’s airway. Dried her off and set her down as well. Lagertha immediately began licking the babies and caring for them, this first time mommy is a pro!

We spent some more time drying them off, then put on their little coats and then we trailed off to bed. These types of events most often occur when you haven’t slept the night before, right?

I woke often, wondering if they were warm and fed and ok. Suddenly when morning was here I went to see, and all was wonderful. All three resting peacefully.

So a few days have now gone by, mommy and kids are doing great! It’s still cold, raining or snowing continuously it seems, but despite that the twins are staying warm and well. They have a small warming hut they can go into when they wish.

The first of the two born is completely white. We have named her Gyda. Her sister, who has a few brown hairs on her neck and back, we have named Astrid. They are so completely adorable and so much fun already. Gyda bleats and bleats if you handle her which sends our children into hysterics. Astrid on the other hand is a serious snuggle bug!

I have personally never seen an animal give birth, so being there for this was just amazing! Especially with my Lagertha – I love her so much!

We have some more kids expected soon, I can’t wait and hope I am lucky enough to be there for their birth too!

Easter and Waiting and Living Full Colour

Who knew that we would still be waiting on these kids to be born! I really thought they would have been here by now, especially when we had to be away for a night last week. I was so worried we would miss things – but I guess that is indeed the upside to we are still waiting! I will say too, lesson learned – no matter how busy life is, it is very important to write down the dates the billy goat visited with his friends so you can plan for births.

I have kept busy during the wait though. With four kids it’s always busy and go go go, but I did manage to have a half a day of dyeing squeezed in and oh it was wonderful! I kissed hubby good bye as he went off to work and instead of tackling the usual house chores I grabbed the dye pot and was off! I am so happy I did so. It was peaceful bliss dyeing before the kids woke up, then some more after the school drop offs. I ended up with eight colours and am obsessing over all the combinations I can make. With Easter weekend here, batt making has taken a back seat to precious time with family – which is fine with me, one day our home will be quiet and full of making time. As for now, time together just can’t be beat! But with that said, if I happen to find any free time, I know what I will be doing as the wool is finally dry now.

Happy Easter! May you all be blessed with lots of love and good food and memories to keep!

Our needle felted bunny and Easter eggs.

Anxiously Awaiting our First Kids

We are enjoying a sunshiny spring day here! Finally the sun has brought some warmth, but it is still dipping down to negative temperatures in the night.

Two of our angora goats are almost ready to birth their first ever kids. We have out our goat birthing kit ready to go, just in case the mothers need any help. It’s to the point now that we are checking on them every few hours, confident it will be soon. 
The anticipation of holding the cute little kids is strong amongst us all here!

I think the mothers to be are wishing so too as they have changed quite a bit in size.

 

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! We are a small fibre farm in Ontario’s beautiful South Bruce Peninsula. We have coloured and white Angora goats, Finn sheep and Alpacas. We offer fleeces, locks and roving for sale as well as handspun yarn and knit or crocheted products.

I love fibre and yarn, spinning, felting and dyeing. I have become pretty obsessed with it all over the past few years. There is so much to learn and try and discover, there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

Our family has grown, as has our venture – it is all very exciting, how wonderful to be so blessed! Looking very much forward to where this all will go!

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