Remember yesterday how I was noting Irma's massive hair-loss? Well it looks like it may be a selenium deficiency that has caused it. I read online that it is common for does to become selenium deficient during and after their pregnancies, as the use up their selenium pretty quickly. Plus, we live in a selenium deficient area anyway.
I will be giving her a shot of BoSe (an injectable selenium supplement) this afternoon. Poor girl! I feel like such a bad goat-owner. I really hate that she molted her coat so soon, too, as it still had some growing out to do. Oh well, live and learn!
This weekend I will also be doing hoof trimmings and copper & CD&T dosing for all the goaties. This winter was rough on their hooves, and I have been working on getting them back on track.
Ah, the joys of goat keeping! (I don't mean that sarcastically, either!)
First of all, Irma has molted nearly all of her fleece. I was not expecting her to, as her previous owners had her shorn twice a year and I figured she must take after the Angora side in that way (Nigoras usually molt in the spring).
Anyway, she looks very...interesting.
Dave must be teething because every time I try to take a picture of him I seem to catch him chewing on the metal gate. Perhaps he just likes the taste? ;)
Hana is a little glutton like her momma. She is a cutie pie, and just gets prettier by the day. Unfortunately she is also a wiggle-worm, and it seems that the only pictures I can get of her are when she is eating. To say that Hana likes to eat is an understatement.
Eating grain that fell on the ground...(I promise I feed my goats)
Irma thought she'd grab some, too.
Eating her mother's grain out of the red bucket.
On another note, I got some new patterns in the mail today! Whoop!!! Here is a sampling...
Most of these will be going in the Etsy shop. Not this one, though:
I am going to make this for myself this summer. :D
So I decided the other day that I really needed to get organized and start listing more patterns in my Etsy shop. I have SO MANY. My living room is piled with them right now, as I have been going through boxes, counting pieces, dating, packaging, etc. Lot's of work!
Here's a sample of what I have stacked around the house:
All right. Getting to the point. :)
As I was sorting patterns today, I found several really adorable ones from the 70's and 80's. These are quite inspiring to me, and I hope they will be to you, too! You'll notice how many of these patterns emulate styles that were popular in the 40's and 50's. That's probably why I like them so much. Others have a very "Bohemian" look, which I am quite fond of.