Thursday, January 18, 2007

Winter Has Finally Arrived

Early early this morning old man winter finally made his appearance. We had a few snow flurries and lots of ice hanging on the trees. We had sleet and freezing rain most of the day and its now turned to just rain. I just love winter! We are suppose to get another winter blast this weekend and Monday which is suppose to be a better chance of snow.... I HOPE SO! I have enjoyed being inside most of the day doing paperwork, reading blogs, sending emails, and watching season 2 of the Waltons on DVD. I just love that show. Been a nice day to have a fire and a pot of soup simmering on the stove alongside the tea kettle. I have been drinking teas and hot chocolate all day. I took Diva's sweatshirt off today since it was raining and she would leave her stall to walk around in the rain several times. I didn't want her going around in a wet shirt and getting sick. I added more straw and hay to her stall and Nitro's. They are all settled in for the night nice and warm. I even dried Diva off with my coat before closing her gate. Everyone has ask if she is pregnant and we think so. She hasn't come back in season and I know this will get lots of laughs in the blog neighborhood but I did a pregnancy test on her and it was positive! I don't know if it actually works on goats but it did say she was pregnant. Its hard to tell for sure on a goat right away. Goats have 4 stomachs and after they eat their stomachs bloat. That means they are healthy and the good bacteria is helping digest their food. If they don't bloat there is a problem and you have a unhealthy goat. Diva had eaten a little while before I put her sweatshirt on so was bloated in the photo that makes her look pregnant. Goats usually don't start showing till the last month or so and sometimes you can't even tell by looking that they are pregnant. Guess it pays to be a goat as its healthy to be bloated. Goats don't get measured around their waist to tell if they are overweight. A goat gets measured around their body right behind their "elbows". (Don't I wish!) You can be pregnant and not even show and if you are lucky you will have a crazy lady putting sweatshirts on you and drying you off with her coat if you get wet.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alpacas are similarly difficult to tell if they're pregnant. I read one story about a lady in Alaska with alpacas; her older alpaca passed her due date, no baby. Vet came out and did Ultrasound when she was two weeks overdue, no baby. Vet told her, Sorry, you'll just have to try again next year (alpacas carry for 11 months). Two weeks after *that*, baby was born! The saying goes, "The *only* way to tell for sure that an alpaca is pregnant is when you see the cria on the ground!" :D

Hope Diva gives you a baby in a few months! We're looking forward to April - Summer is confirmed by Ultrasound; Toggle, we're hoping but don't know for sure.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure on goats. But being around horses some.
If they don't come back in season it one way of telling and if Miss Diva comes back around in season Nitro will be interest in servicing Miss Diva. Can't think of any other way of putting it.
You could call vet to do a blood test on her hormone level.

One of my friend at horse and it had a false pregnancy and her utter got full like it had milk in it.
I guess false pregnancy in horses is quite rare.

I know nothing about goats but I've always liked their personalities.

Anonymous said...

I feel like I have just read an encylopaedia. I love learning all about the animals on your farm. In my next life, I wnt to be a goat, at hidden haven. Lots of love, Nicole xox.

amelia said...

I also want to be a goat on your farm! Please?

Rosa said...

Wish we didn't show til our last month! hehe

Anonymous said...

Glad you got that winter weather you were wishing for.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Well I just learned some things today and about goats!! I always love coming here,Peggy because I have a great LOVE for animals. I hope you get your winter weather!! I am happiest without all of that stuff. I had it for years in Illinois and I am just as happy with 60's and 70's...take care and keep warm. Sandy

Anonymous said...

You take fine care of your goats, which is wonderful!! I would never have thought of the pregnancy test! I'd say it's probably right though!!

Anonymous said...

You take fine care of your goats, which is wonderful!! I would never have thought of the pregnancy test! I'd say it's probably right though!!

Anonymous said...

You take fine care of your goats, which is wonderful!! I would never have thought of the pregnancy test! I'd say it's probably right though!!

Anonymous said...

You take fine care of your goats, which is wonderful!! I would never have thought of the pregnancy test! I'd say it's probably right though!!

Anonymous said...

You take great care of the goats, which is wonderful! I would never have thought about doing the pregnancy test, but I'd say it's right though!

PEA said...

I had no idea goats had 4 stomachs and that they need to bloat to be healthy...now I wanna be a goat! lol Glad you're getting your snow and enjoying it:-) I do hope Miss Diva is pregnant...can I then be an adopted "aunt"? lol Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs xox

Anonymous said...

Winter finally arrived here as well. Glad to see Miss Diva has a sweatshirt to wear. My goats have them as well.