Filling the pregnant goat's belly
Artemesia still has four weeks to go. But as you probably noticed in Mark's post yesterday,
she looks very, very pregnant. I'm pretty sure she's got at least twins
in there because I felt kicking at the same time this week in belly
areas about eight inches apart. But I have a sinking suspicion she might
be carrying triplets.
Between the worm scare
and her growing kids, Artie needs a lot of high-quality nutrition. The
trouble is, there literally isn't room in her belly any more for her to
eat much at any one time. So I have her on a three times a day feeding
schedule. Concentrates in the morning, as much fresh greenery as we can
muster this early in the season at lunchtime, then concentrates in the
evening. On hotter days, she doesn't really want to eat at noon, though,
so I have to move everything a little later.
(Yes, I do obsess over our dear little goat. How could you tell?)
In other news, no one nibbled at my goat-sale post,
so it looks like Abigail will be going to the butcher in about a month.
From a purely financial perspective, I think that's actually the better
choice since Abigail will provide quite a lot of high-quality pastured
stew meat. Whether I cry when we drop her off remains to be seen.
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