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Post Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:25 pm
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Fey wrote:
Poor goaties. Mean Doc. :) sometimes even electric fences won't keep them in. Are they boys or girls or its?

(I'm only writing this next bit for people who might be thinking of getting goats or sheep. I'd like to know why it happens though Doc)
There's one thing we noticed with both sheep and goats, if they aren't allowed to have babies for a couple of years then they can never get pregnant again. When we first had goats, we thought we were doing the right thing and letting the girls have a rest. A goat breeder explained the folly of our ways. We tried it with one of our sheep....Ewelene...she had one baby one year, twins the next, let her go two years and she didn't kid ever again. (She went to 16 years old)


Is your Gingko a boy or a girl? There's a female tree in town tucked away in a corner of a park, and the fruit reeks. I had a little taste and thought it tasted ok. Then I felt very strange, looked it up, and the fruit is NOT to be eaten. The kernel inside is eaten sparingly though. What I thought was very strange about Gingkos was when the leaves are picked for making medicine. You'd think it would be when they're lush and green, wouldn't you? Picking the leaves when they begin to turn yellow doesn't seem right.

Toowoomba has hundreds of Gingkos. Some of the streets are lined with them. They grow reasonably easy from cuttings (I got 3 females going that way) but they come up from seed so easily and then it's just a matter of grafting a boy bud onto the seedling. Personally, I like the girl trees.


My goats are girls. I think they want to be nuns. Had a boy goat in with them all sumer and they hardly talked to him. :irked:

Yeah, pick the gingko leaves when they start to turn color in the fall. That's when the flavanoid content is highest.
I've only ever seen boy gingko trees. I think I actually heard that the girls are against the law in the city limits because they're so stinky.

Doc

Post Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:47 pm
Fey

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Maybe the boy wasn't doing his job. Usually it's just the smell of the buck that brings the girls on. We had a buck once that would carry on getting the girls worked up but at the same time he'd be making "yep, yep, yep" noises. It was a real laugh to hear him. He sounded so enthusiastic. Another Nubian girl would scream like someone getting murdered when she was in season. I'm glad most of them are content with just a tail wag.

Post Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:59 pm

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Doc, most dairy goat breeds are only fertile in the fall/early winter.

They might have gotten into your medicinals because they need something in them. I grow rhubarb, and I KNOW the leaves are poison, but sometimes the goats and chickens eat the leaves. Raspberries are growing a couple feet away and they love it, sometimes they want the rhubarb. They only get a mouthful before I pull them away.

Post Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:03 pm
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Elizabeth wrote:
Doc, most dairy goat breeds are only fertile in the fall/early winter.

They might have gotten into your medicinals because they need something in them. I grow rhubarb, and I KNOW the leaves are poison, but sometimes the goats and chickens eat the leaves. Raspberries are growing a couple feet away and they love it, sometimes they want the rhubarb. They only get a mouthful before I pull them away.


I know. I was just hoping.

Doc

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