Sunday, June 24, 2007

Kids!

Our first set of kids were born yesterday. They are twin doelings, and they look like they're doing well. Assuming they still look good in a few months, they will almost certainly be added to our herd. A 20% increase, overnight!


2 comments:

Tracy said...

Those are Boers, right?
I think we're going to be getting some of those within the next month or two. How big of "escape artists" are they? I'm having serious doubts about my fencing....

Mel said...

Yes, they're Boers (not 100%, but still a high percentage). Boers are supposed to be one of the most laid-back and easy to contain breeds. I certainly have had no problems. We have 4' high woven wire around most of the pasture, although one section is only 3-1/2'. Eventually there will be an electric offset wire on all of the fence, as well as a second wire on top of the short section, but even with just the plain fence they never even attempted to get over the short section.

Right now, they aren't even in the pasture, but in the forest clearing out the undergrowth. I use Premier's Electrostop electric netting to contain them, and have had no problems with them escaping. However, I hope to put in more permanent fencing in the forest next year, because setting up the netting in the midst of brambles can be frustrating.

Good luck with your Boers. You'll have to let me know how that works out for you.

--Mel