Fun Baby goats!

Galaxy has been sold and will be leaving next month to start running his new Herem.

Regal is still available! LOVE his ears, and he has a great rump, very long, flat, smooth, level, also boasts great width and length. He’s a tad timid, but we are working with him on that.

Charlotte has 2 beautiful 3rd gen boys available, 1 is brown with blue eyes and the other is black with tan markings.

 

Our girl Holly kidded memorial day (yesterday) 2 stunning bucklings as well, will get pictures in the next few days to add to the website!

Kidding Season Spotlight: Charlotte

Breezee Creek’s Charlotte is really just a stunning doe! She can’t help but stand out, being that she’s bright white and has the palest blue eyes you ever saw!

This year was her 2nd kidding. And I must say her udder is HUGELY improved this year! Her dam had had a very slight shelf in the foreudder, and lacked a defined medial (midline) altogether. However, this year, Charlottes udder has really BLOSSOMED! Its incredible, and we are beyond excited at just how stunning it is!

Charlotte boasts STRONG lateral attachments and a high rounded escutcheon, which gives her rear udder that high rounded look with a wide area of attachment. She still needs a bit more midline separation, but is improved over her dam in that respect as well. Her teats again are a bit widely spaced, would like to see them close together, but they are better size than last year. She boasted good udder texture last year, so we look forward to milking her again and trying her on One Day Milk Test this summer.

What are we really thrilled about concerning her udder though? Her FOREUDDER! Its utterly seamless! blends smoothly into her belly and just keeps on going! Everything about her udder is SOCKED ON TIGHT, she will not have to worry about her udder breaking down and loosing those wonderful attachments, cause she has so much attachment all around there’s no stress one just 1 area!

She kidded 2 bucklings, 1 is brown with her pale blue eyes, the other is beautiful sandgau (black with tan eye stripes and legs) and little bit of roaning. Both are available to be herdsires, as they are beyond excellent quality!

If you want color, long pendulous ears, roman noses, length of body, correct rumps, and udder attachments to withstand the test of time, THESE are the boys you NEED for your breeding program!

Charlotte is another we need to get updated photos of this summer so we can enter her in the Vshow, and we are SO excited to do so! Here are this years pre-kidding udder photos though, and you can get more info on Charlotte on her page, Here.

Please check out her boys on the “For Sale” page and comment or use the form on the “Contact Us” page to get more info!

 

Kidding Season Spotlight: FF Becky

BCF Legacy’s To The Moon and Back, or “Becky” as we call her, comes from exceptionally heavy milk lines. Her dam peaked at 1 1/2 GALLONS of milk in 24 hours as a 4th freshener.

Becky freshened with an udder that is super soft and silky smooth. She milks out like a dream, just like her dam! She’s giving us sweet, creamy milk every morning, and has been very cooperative on the milking stand.

Her udder is snuggly attached on all sides, with a smooth udder floor, and nice rounded escutcheon. Her foreudder is HUGELY improved over her dams who had the start or a shelf and a pocket, Becky’s udder is seemlessly blended into her stomache, with no shelf or pocket whatsoever!

We’d like to see her teats closer together, but they are a nice size for hand milking, and have very open orifices so she empties pretty quickly. Would also like to see a tighter midline down the back of her udder, as you want to be able to see a line dividing the 2 halves of the udder. But she does have excellent lateral attachments, which tells me this udder will be holding up well in future.

We are very happy with this girl and plan to keep her here a few years more as we thoroughly enjoy her sweet personality, easy milking udder, and her spots are just so fun to see!

You can see more on Becky and her pedigree on her page Here.

She kidded 1 buck and 1 doe for us this year, her doeling is already sold, but her little moonspotted buckling is available and would make a great herdsire! Need smoother foreudders or better udder texture, he’s your guy! Comment below or use the form on the “Contact Us” page to get more info about “Breezee Creek’s Galaxy” (Becky’s buckling), and check out our “For Sale” page to see his pictures!

Got Kids? We Do!

At Breezee Creek Farm we maintain very high standards for all our stock. We are always looking to improve on our current livestock, and evaluating each doe with each kidding with more and more scrutiny.

This year, we are VERY happy with what we are seeing in our herd! 3 of our 4 does have kidded so far, and are either showing hugely improved udders over their dams, or better breed character, overall structure, or production!

We’ve already sold our doeling, but have several HIGH quality bucklings available that would make INCREDIBLE herdsires!

Check out our For Sale page to see theh thoroughly gorgeous kids we have available and either comment or email us with the “contact us” form to find out more about these wonderful kids!

Red’s kids having a “Field Day”

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Red’s kids having a “Field Day,” literally!

These kids are our first for 2015, and our boy Royal’s first kids to hit the ground.
Doeling, named “Romy,” is buckskin and retained for our herd. Buck boy, buckskin with white, is sold. More kids to come mid April!

~Sarah~
Breezee Creek Sista

 

Kidding Preparations

Our first doe is due February 28th, and since she is the first one scheduled for kidding, we have been working to prepare for the soon to come kids.

Durango’s Little Red has been prepping herself the last 3 weeks, getting a noticeable udder 1 1/2 months before her due date, and getting a huge belly.

We went through our birthing kit and did a quick inventory, finding that we’re pretty much good to go. We have iodine, umbilical cutters, floss, rubber gloves (both small and long), Cayenne Pepper Tincture, B vitamins and BoSe, lots of towels… only lacking in emergency electrolytes and ProBios (we always give a couple doses of each to our Does after kidding). So the shopping list is pretty short this year, yay!

We took a look at the birthing stall, which has been serving as a hay storage room. The excess hay was moved to our official storage room, the stall was cleaned thoroughly and we sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth (DE) around all the edges before covering the ground with a thick layer of good hay. The DE will kill any bugs hiding in the corners or crawling through any bits of hay.

The mineral feeders were cleaned out and ready for fresh mineral, the hay feeder was cleared up, and our separator (we made one for separating kids at night, or for separating mothers in the stall with their kids) was cleaned up and moved to a more out of the way location.

Shopping list was put together, the kidding stall cleaned and prepped… what’s left to get prepared?

We re-worked our feeding rations and budget to allow for new kids and increase in the appetite of expectant mothers. We upped Red’s alfalfa pellet rations from 3/4 lb/day to 2lbs/day, which she is very happy about.

Only things left to do: Make sure all goats are up on their copper (due next week), get things on our shopping list, and give Red a dairy trim end of next week.

NOTE: for those who don’t know, a dairy trim is a simple hair cut only trimming the fur on the tail, udder and legs. We won’t be doing a full body trim on any of our does till summer time, when its warmer. Why are we bothering to give this doe a trim when she’s due end of February then? Because a simple dairy trim will allow any mess from giving birth to be cleaned up a  lot faster and with less discomfort to the doe. If we didn’t give her a dairy trim, she’d end up with goopy stuff sticking to the fur on her behind that would stay there and dry, looking nasty and feeling quite uncomfortable to the doe.

We’re feeling pretty good about this coming year, very satisfied with the bucks we chose with our does, and very happy with how healthy the whole herd has been.

We’ve already added a new page for our “New Arrivals 2015” we’re SO excited! We can hardly wait to get pictures of new kids when they arrive to share with everyone!

God bless, and Happy kidding!

Breeding Season Almost Over… 2014-2015

The Season began earlier than anticipated on Breezee Creek Farm.

For the 2013-2014 Season, we had “staggered” our breeding’s so we could have fresh milk year ’round, but it ended up not working very well for us. So, we decided for this next season we’d start breeding Does around Thanksgiving, and get them all bred as close together as possible so we could have kids born end of April-early May and just get it all done with at once.

But of course, SOMEBODY had to change the plans!

019 post Our Buck, WRRanch Sir Alfred, came into full rut in JULY! Which of course got our other buck, W4’s Sir Royal Roan, very bucky (“Oooh, competition???”). We had a couple times the bucks found ways of getting out of their pen, fortunately the times they BOTH got out no one was in heat. But, the bucks being in rut of course ’caused our does to start cycling early this year.

Last year, our Doe Durango’s Little Red (a grade, but with superior form and milking capabilities), was taken to our friends at Daystar’s Farm for breeding with one of their bucks. Not once, but TWICE. And Guess what? With those two trips, she still didn’t take! So she was dry this last year.

_MG_9514 But, one day in September (two MONTHS before we planned to start breeding), Sir Royal Roan got out of his pen, and went spooning with Little red out in the pasture. And she just happened to be in heat! She took, first breeding this year, with a buck we didn’t plan on using her with! But its not a bad buck for her to be with, he’ll correct things we wanted changed for her kids.

So, we have a doe due February 28, 2015.

November came, and we got Cap N Bells Black Maizie and her cousin Breezee creek’s Prettie’s Princess both bred to Sir Royal Roan. They took first breeding, yay!

053 1 We were on the fence a bit about breeding our girl, Breezee Creek’s Miracle of Miracles (MiMi), simply because she didn’t seem quite as wide as the other does. So we chose to wait a bit.

We talked more about who else to breed or hold over for the year, and decided to go ahead and breed Cap N Bells Black Ravon to Daystar’s Prince of Egypt for blue eyed, June kids. So basically we decided to go ahead and try staggering breeding’s again. Ravon was bred to Prince’s Sire, Daystar’s Sir Festus, last year and had 2 beautiful blue eyed kids! But Prince has better breed character than his Sire, so we opted to try him this year and see what we get (not to mention, Prince has very unique coloring, check him out by clicking here!).

And then, we kept watching MiMi, and finally decided to breed her as she had gotten more wide and stocky.

So, summary is, we’ll have 1 doe due end of February, 2 does due Mid April, and 2 Does due early-mid of June. So, every 2 months we’ll have a batch of kids!

We have things we LOVE about each doe and buck, and have been very careful in our pairings this year. Red was our TOP milking doe as a First Freshener in 2013, with a high & wide, tightly attached udder; Ravon is an endurance milker with lovely breed character and the sweetest temperament; Maizie has lots of width, depth, and length of barrel, very stocky (and a daughter of Ravon); Princess has amazing breed character, length of body and ears, and a very quiet, friendly personality; MiMi is quiet, but very curious, she loves new people and food, she has lovely breed character and comes from very nice lines including Saada (Saada El-Levitica show up in her dams pedigree, check out THAT udder!).

In the next few weeks we’ll know for sure if Ravon and MiMi have “taken.”

We won’t be using our boy WRRanch Sir Alfred because he makes very large kids and most our does this year are first fresheners, but he’ll be back in the breeding program for next year to continue his work of bringing quality into our farm!

Shipping Sickness and Glutton Gut (Bloat) part II

In my previous article “shipping sickness and glutton gut ( bloat)”  I shared with my readers the personal experiences we have had with each of these issues. I also shared a recipe “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA” and treatment protocol for these particular illnesses and indicated that they are great for virtually any digestive related ailment your animal may be suffering from. Today I would like to discuss the unfortunate reality of bloat, the different kinds and what you can do if it is severe enough that even the above protocol does not bring about improvement.

As I stated in my previous article, we had some pretty serious bloat  several months ago. We treated it with our extremely effective “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA” which I provided a recipe for you to make yourself in my previous article along with baking soda and probiotics. But what if this isn’t quite enough?

There are various types of bloat from a very minor, tummy ache and feeling a little grumpy to noticeably very ill, lethargic, tooth grinding due to severe pain, foaming, severe diarrhea, unusual swelling of the abdomen, lying down, stomping of feet, pacing, and generally giving up.

Our girls experienced a variety of symptoms including some or all of the above depending upon the severity of their suffering and how much excess of grain they had actually consumed.

First, soft poo of any kind for any reason is generally not good for a goat. Their feces ought to look like small or large (depending on the size and breed of goat) dry, round berries and there really should be very little odor. A short stint of softer clumpier waste is acceptable  for a few days after birth and after a change in feed or temperatures. as long as it only lasts for a couple of days and begins to dry up and change from there on it’s own, this is considered healthy and reasonable, but sometimes, goats can get too much rich wet grasses, or too large a volume of grain, or bad hay or others stresses that it overwhelms the gut and throws the PH out of balance. This then starts the cycle of a sluggish Rumin, the build-up of  trapped gasses, and a very uncomfortable goat indeed.

In the case of very severe bloat that is not improving with the tea, and probiotics alone, I would then increase the probiotics, and give baking soda free choice to help break down any foaming of the gut to release gasses.

You may also irrigate the gut with oil. Olive, or organic Peanut oil or Coconut oil is best. This acts in such a way as to break the surface of the gas bubbles in the gut and allow the goat to belch which is very important for the goat. Mineral oil is not generally recommended for use as it is tasteless and increases the risk of asperation into the lungs which could cause another severe complication.

If you are concerned about poisoning via moldy hay, or the consumption of toxic plants or mushrooms, you may also use a drench of 10 ccs of activated charcoal powder mixed with water to make a liquidy paste, but this is only recommended in the severest of circumstances and when definitely dealing with some form of poisoning.

Lastly, if what you are dealing with is severe bloating and your goat is not improving and get larger and larger in the abdomonal area, you may have to consider tubing your goat with a skinny tube ( Not a water hose as it is too wide and can tear the esophogus and thereby kill your goat). The tube must be at leat 3 feet long and you must use something that is hard to place between the teeth to allow the tube to pass through without the goat biting through it. This can be as simple as a three inch square piece of wood with a hole the size of the tubing drilled through it to pass the tube through, or you can use a piece of pvc piping. This tube would be passed through the mouth, down the throat and into the rumin( the goat usually will readily allow the tube to pass down the throat once you get it into her mouth and into the back of the throat) and simply allow the gasses to purge through this tube. If it doesn’t happen immediately, you can gently move around the tube so that it moves around in the Rumin until it finds the gas pocket. Once gasses have been released, gently and smoothly pull out the tube in one movement from the goats body.

In the severest of cases when death may very well be imminent you may have to make the choice to attempt to save your goats life by making a hole in the side of your goat either via incision, or with a 16 gauge needle. The needle is used by sticking the needle in the largest part of the rumin on the left side of the goat, between the last rib and just before the hip. this will remain in place as you allow the gasses to be released. In the case of incision, you would make the incision deep enough to open the rumin about 3 inches behind the last rib, but you must be prepared to repair the wound immediately after the releasing of gas. This procedure can also increase the risk of peritonitis and therefore I would be hesitant to recommend this without the aid of a qualified veterinarian.

Generally with Bloat,diarrhea is better than nothing passing at all. If your goat has diarrhea, please be sure to give them the RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA and probiotics!!!I cannot recommend these two supplements enough! Please note that the diarrhea will slowly get better over several days and may take to or more weeks to completely clear up and return to normal.

Well there you have it. Everything you could almost ever know about Shipping Sickness, and Glutton Gut or “Bloat” as it is often called. My next article will be about coccidiosis, a common ailment and chronic scourge of particularly the wetter climates such as here in the Pacific Northwest and if you hadn’t guessed already, YES! It will include the recommendation of “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA” as the top of the list treatment for this illness as well.

Peace to you and much blessing everybody.

Lorinda ( Breezee Creek Mama)

Preparing Our Goat Farm

Almost 3 years ago, our family chose to join the adventurous and invest in the beginnings of a goat farm.Though we knew little, we were met with great support from fellow goat enthusiasts and general animal lovers connected to our family.

The pastoral scenes I had etched into my mind of clucking, fluffy hens scratching and pecking the ground was becoming a reality with a our new batch of sweet baby chicks.The romantic idea of soft bleats of happy goats foraging through the fields and forests over rolling hills was beckoning our family. We so looked forward to having this daily living photograph displayed just outside our window frames each new day.

The practical side was that  with 12 children ( 8 boys and 4 girls), we had an opportunity to learn much , and to stay active tending to animals and maintaining a farm. Basically, NO ONE will be bored again if we embrace this endeavor, and that was very attractive to my husband and I indeed.

We started out by investing in chain link. LOTS of chain link! We found an excellent resource on Craigslist for 4×50 foot rolls for approximately $35 each( now no longer available 🙁 ). We were a bit skeptical but were pleasantly surprised.This was the good stuff(9 gauge, galvanized) that’ll hold up for many years and we simply couldn’t pass it up.

We were fortunate that our property was already fenced off for horses with large 6×6 posts and three rails of 2×6 boards, all painted white. This made it very easy to make it “goat proof”. To begin, we took all of the long boards off of the posts. Their length varied anywhere from 4 to 12 foot long.

There were a few 6×6 posts that were in the beginning stages of dry rot, so the boys trekked out with their father and bullied those posts out of the ground and replaced them with new, strong posts to anchor our fencing.

Next came the chain link. Again, the boys and their dad use ratchet straps and lots of man power and stretched the chain link, connecting it with the specialize “U-shaped” nails. After the entirety of chain link fencing was stretched and secured, we attached a long white board each above and below our chainlink, meeting at each large post. We changed out the old wood gates with heavy-duty galvanized metal farm gates.

With the fencing done and the barn already beautifully built many years before we acquired this property, all we needed now were goats to fill our pastureland.

We did some studying and praying and soon , we receive our first two goats. They were quiet and sweet and a good fit for our home.Soon after, we came in contact with  a lovely lady from Kennewick that was reducing her herd now that she and her husband had reached retirement age. She had 3 full size Nubians, 3 yearling Mini-Nubians, and two adult mini’s that had their first freshening the year prior. Instantly, we had a herd and we began our journey as “goat farmers”…. A couple of months later we added a little guy named Joey. He’s a whethered Mini-Nubian and absolutely a sweetheart!. He’s been our  “teaser” goat since last summer and a great playmate for the other yearlings.

The chain link and wood fencing combination turns out to be a terrific barrier as well as beautiful! Not a single goat has escaped yet, a year later!

We have four acres of pastureland full of mixed grasses, herbs, and various wild eats. The guys and gals also enjoy a small section of forest full of pine trees, birch,ferns, blackberries,huckleberries, hawthorn, and wild apple trees. We now are fencing off another large section of forestland full of enticing goodies to give our girls a rounded diet and tasty, abundant milk supply.

Please check out our new arrivals. We have been blessed with 11 babies this spring and they are BEAUITFUL! They are all Mini-Nubians. we have two bucklings that would be a great addition to round out your herd. Pedigrees available. Please let us know if you are interested.

God bless you richly with a land flowing with rivers of goat dairy!!!

Lorinda ( Breezee Creek Mama)