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Thursday, October 17, 2013

State of the Homestead

Love is in the air.

Blue New Zealand rabbits: I was hoping to post a sex tape of the rabbits, but apparently, they're not quite ready to mate. The male seems interested, but he doesn't do more than sniff at the doe's backside. It's possible he's not quite mature yet. 

The reason I wanted to do a video of the mating is because it's quite possibly the most hilarious sex you'll ever see. I don't even want to describe it. You'll have to wait until it happens. But trust me, once you've seen rabbits mate, you'll never think about sex the same way again.

Goats: Old Barbecue is getting pretty randy. Lucy, the older doe seems to be in season, but I don't think Heidi is ready yet.

Meanwhile Barbecue is being totally disgusting. Male goats pee on themselves and in their mouths, then spread the scent wherever they can. It's totally gross. The first time I saw it, I just stood there aghast. I couldn't believe he peed in his mouth even though I'd been told it was common buck behavior.

I don't know if he's mated yet. But he's been serenading the does constantly. He even gets louder when I come out to their pen.

I'll leave you with a short video of his singing. ...and spare you the video of him peeing in his mouth.


Garden: It's a shame it's cooled off so fast, I may have to pull my warm weather vegetables into pots and grow them indoors, but at least the cabbage and cauliflower are happy. And the grasshoppers are nearly all gone. Finally!

Here's a shot of one of my watermelons. I didn't get too many, but they were absolutely delicious. Very sweet.


With any luck, both Heidi and Lucy will be bred this year. And then we wait for 150 days. Sometime in March, if all goes well, (and BBQ does his job) we should hear the pitter patter of little baby goats.

Birth, regardless of the species is nothing short of awesome. Have you ever seen an animal give birth?


Angela Brown said...

That watermelon made my mouth water. I so had a Homer Simpson drooling moment lol!

And I'm not even going to try to fathom the mechanics of a goat pissing in its own mouth.

Maria Zannini said...


watermelon: I tried a sugar baby watermelon last year, one of those midget melons, but it wasn't as sweet as the plain old standard ones I grew this year. It could've been any number of things though. I'll try the midgets again some time.

It's beyond gross. Believe you me.

Darke Conteur said...

Hahahaha! Barbecue really knows how to serenade the ladies. :D That watermellon looks wonderful. My garden sucked big time this year. Meh maybe next year.

As for seeing animals born, almost. Our first litter of kittens were born on Sithboy's bed during the night (we was much younger and sleeping with me cos Dad was gone). Missed it by a couple hours.

Maria Zannini said...

Darke: The cat knew the best place to have her babies. LOL.

I'm always fascinated that most animals make very little noise when they give birth--unlike us. :)

Mike Keyton said...

Okay, rabbits mating. Could be interesting. But a goat peeing into it's mouth? You've got your priorities wrong, Maria. The goat thing will be pure gold :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Bucks man. They're just so gross.
Are you planning on breeding your girls again next year? And will you buy another buck, or just rent?

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I'm sending you the video to quench your curiosity.

Rula Sinara said...

OMG those rabbits are adorable and gorgeous! The goat peeing...gross beyond words.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: It's one step at a time. We'll see how they do this go round. Some breed their goats twice a year, but I think that's too much. It doesn't give does a chance to recover from nursing.

I suppose nature allows for that, (otherwise why do does go into estrus) but I'd like to rest them if I can.

As long as BBQ doesn't gore me or mine, he can stay. If he starts getting more aggressive, I'll start over with a more mannerly buck.

I'm kind of sorry now I didn't start with dairy goats, but I thought that would be too much for a novice to handle.

Maria Zannini said...

Rula: The bunnies are sweet too. I'm a little surprised the male didn't try mating, but I'm not in a hurry. It'll happen in time.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Proves it isn't just human males who get desperate and make fools of themselves.

Maria Zannini said...

Mac: Well said.
The things we do for love...and lust.

Gwen Gardner said...

I really can't imagine him peeing in his own mouth. Logistically, I mean. Under and up? Over and down? LOL!

That watermelon looks delicious!

marlenedotterer said...

I saw our cat give birth once. She probably was not happy about the company. It's odd I haven't seen more since how mammals birth is at the core of what I teach for natural childbirth. We're a little different from other mammals because of the upright thing, but we can still use make use of their calm relaxation.

Thanks for sparing us the pee video. Glad we don't mate like goats!

Sandra Almazan said...

All this talk of sex will get you banned somewhere, Maria. ;)

Maria Zannini said...

Gwen: He's very flexible. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Marlene: That does seem odd given your vocation. But I'm sure you have plenty of stories about human births.

Maria Zannini said...

Sandra: For farm animals?

I've seen racier posts on the average romance blog.

I once saw a monkey give birth at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zookeepers went frantic. Apparently, no one knew this female was pregnant.

We were there very early in the morning as was our habit so few people got to witness it. But she did fine all by herself.

Sandra Almazan said...

Maria: Sadly, after the way Kobo and WHSmith reacted this week, it's possible.

Maria Zannini said...

Sandra: I know it's always something, right?

This might be true for authors, but they'd have a hard case to prove considering there are hundreds of homesteading blogs that talk about the same thing. This is real life.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I look forward to your bunny sex video. You've got me curious!

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: Let's just say males of every species have numerous and unique qualities.

Shelley Munro said...

I did not know that about goats. I wondered about logistics too, but I'll take your word that he's flexible.

That watermelon looks delicious. We've never had much success in growing them.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: The goats have been a learning experience from Day One.

Watermelon grows really well here. We have the long summers and sandy soil for it.

Anne Gallagher said...

A goat who pees in his mouth... Call me slack jawed. Bunnies having sex must be hysterical. (Although generally anything having sex is pretty funny.)

And that watermelon looks awesome. Congrats. Glad the grasshoppers are gone.

raelynbarclay said...

The bunnies are so cute :) I have seen rabbits mate before though I have no idea if it is different between breeds.

Peeing in the mouth is too gross for words, so thank you for sparing our eyes with that one. The mental image is bad enough!

I had the honor of helping MIL once deliver one of their miniature horses...awesomeness. Plus we had the mouse baby drama here, LOL. We missed Mama One's delivery but were on hand for Mama Two's.

Now, I'm craving watermelon. Sigh.

Maria Zannini said...

Re: (Although generally anything having sex is pretty funny.)

You know, you're right!

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: Really? Maybe I just had overly dramatic rabbits.

I wish these guy would be ready so I could show you, but now you've got me worried. What if my last rabbits were HAMS? Then I'd have to just tell the story.

Cate Masters said...

That is a luscious-looking watermelon. We're already in the upper 30s and 40s here at night. Brrr!
Old Barbecue has, ahem, a lovely voice. Hope you don't have to hear it all night! Our neighbor's lamb sounds off all day and it always alarms me - sounds too like a child's cry.

Maria Zannini said...

Cate: The singing is only for a couple of days while the does are in heat. Their pen is pretty far away so it wasn't too bad at all. I don't think I could stand that constant muttering.