with it comes birth...calendula, our first time freshener had a boy a few hours ago. she's a great mama, very attentive and loving.
and yesterday, our 2nd buck rue came home. he's been bunking with a friend all winter, servicing her ladies. he has grown since we waved goodbye last september. he is now sporting a beard and is bigger than his mama! he's a handsome devil!turkeys are hard to photograph...they are too antsy. they too have grown. they show signs of mating, i'm hoping the female starts laying eggs soon and hatches a nest full.
we still have 2 more does to freshen but i'm not sure of their due date. i tried to breed one to deliver earlier, but she didn't so i'm not sure when she's due. the 2nd i'm hoping will be in may although she's the self nurser (rue's mom) so i'm not even sure i'll be able to milk her. i'm hoping now that she's been dry for a few months she won't do it again but i doubt i'll be that lucky. if she reverts to her old ways, she'll be shipped off to a friend who wants a goat to keep brush at bay in their pasture, possibly along with some or all of our sheep (they need sheep to keep their pastures 'mowed' and offered to pasture ours for us).