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New Baby reindeer to my herd

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  1. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Board Analyst

    Great news about Lexi and Lotte. You will be running a kindergarten very soon:D
     
  2. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

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  3. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    It is very mystical and beautiful, with the magnificent reindeer in the foreground! Thanks for sharing!:inlove:
     
  4. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Board Analyst

    Such a beautiful video.
     
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  5. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

    Back to babies I am so excited not just for the number of baby hooves BUT my pairings have been in order for me to "prove or disprove" my theories on genetic colourings in reindeer. Eeek, I have to wait for them to be born to know if my theories are correct or if I have to rethink!
    Mischa, Elsa, Lexi and Belle (if Belle is in calf) I expect to have some form of facial markings in calves, Katya's may or may not as I believe she is only a carrier of recessive gene.
    Frodo's calves will most likely be brown but if any have markings I will know he carries a recessive gene too... Next year I will put different girls to him (maybe) to see if he actually carries what I consider recessive genes. Lotte will run with Gandalf next year, as I know she carries the albino gene BUT only a one in 4 chance of producing an albino. Her one and only calf (to Hector) was a late abort and an albino - this year I didn't want to risk another abort so ran her with Frodo so that she has the best chance of a viable calf..
    Many theories to prove, only calving will tell. :)
     
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  6. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    Wow Karen, all that makes my head spin! lol Good luck to you keeping it all sorted! Looking forward to many beautiful healthy mothers and babies come the Spring!:inlove:
     
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  7. Willow

    Willow Forum Demigod

    Thanks for the link to the video; such a wonderful sight!:inlove: I would love to see the aurora in person someday.
    It will be interesting to see if your genetic theories work out.
     
  8. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

    My girls are starting to go for the streamlined look.
    First Elsa lost one antler yesterday but today Mischa had lost both overnight.
    There is a theory (myth) that early antler losses in cows means they are not in calf... but I know both are, as I have seen kicks in both their bellies. [​IMG]:)
    I'm just hoping it means more growing time/better antlers for this year, as long as they don't have Big Hungry Boys! [​IMG]:)
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  9. joanc123

    joanc123 Forum Ambassador

    So your annual antler hunt is on. :music: Such beautiful fuzzy faces. :inlove:
     
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  10. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

    Elsa lost her second today too and has gone from being a pushy girl to grazing away from herd... How the mighty fall. :)

    Another four tiny hooves diagnosed today.. This time neither Gandalf or Frodo can claim it as their own as it is Eli in calf (who only joined us last month).
    That makes 8 confirmed babies but this one we can only enjoy for a few months as she/he will be going back to her mother's owner. BUT 8 babies!!! and still two tummies to watch!!
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  11. Brookeham

    Brookeham Commander of the Forum

    I'm so sorry to hear of Elsa's loss.:sleepy: She is a beautiful gal!
     
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  12. dafodily

    dafodily Forum Duke

    Elsa lost her 2nd antler ;) so all good. :inlove: Karen you will be very busy in a few weeks. Please take care of yourself as well. :inlove:
     
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  13. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    Elsa must feel strange without her antlers! :) Such wonderful baby news! It is going to be a very busy Spring for sure...can't wait!
     
  14. Willow

    Willow Forum Demigod

    Such exciting news!:)
     
  15. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Board Analyst

    I also can't wait for all those tiny hooves to appear. I hope all goes well with babies and their mums:)
     
  16. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

    Not long now for the first babies to arrive, maybe 6/7 weeks?
    Still no definitive kicks in Tigga or Belle but I am sure I have seen movements - if they are in calf they will calf in late May/early June I think. Mischa ,Twig, Elsa I am expecting late April(ish)

    In a way I am hoping Belle isn't in calf as she is much like her mother Katya was as a youngster - gangly and not carrying a lot of weight. I removed her from the rut once I saw her growth spurt, but I think Gandalf's leaping of fences was when she cycled, so I think he "got" her late... Hoping not but we'll see.
    So many first time mothers' this year - will they all raise them? or will I have a kitchen full of babies, only time will tell!
    I am not one for "pulling babies" for hand rearing (of any species) as all have a better chance of survival with their mothers.
    I hope I don't have to take over any - I don't mind the round the clock feeding but survival rates will go down and that's what I will find hard.
    Once again I am stressing about things I cannot control. :)
     
  17. joanc123

    joanc123 Forum Ambassador

    Thank you Karen for the updates. Maybe your meditation tapes will help with the stress. They worked wonders for me. :)
     
  18. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

    Brilliant idea Joanc... I haven't played/thought of for ages... I'm back on Shivva Chants now - just need to skip ads to get the peace. :)


    Edit.. Joan, this one is from a different continent, the Sami reindeer herders so also very relevant to me and my herd. ;)
     
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  19. joanc123

    joanc123 Forum Ambassador

    Thank you for bringing them forward. I wrote down the page #, but can't always find it when needed[stressed].
     
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  20. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum General

    Sorry for lack of updates folks...
    Weather has been pretty awful, rain and high winds.
    All reindeer are well. mainly (Twiggy had an eye infection but have administered antibiotic ointment & without getting punched, which is a first for her). I still have two pregnancies to diagnose but impossible when windy.
    But main reason for my lack of input was that I had an emergency SOS from an 80 year old acquaintance that had been rushed into hospital and his dogs were stranded... I went to pick them up but youngest is 8 months and is a very needy girl, so I have had far less time with the reindeer..
    Things get a little hectic at times, which isn't good for me as I put off the jobs to do... I need a "house fairy" so that my house no longer looks like Miss Havershams! :)
    My three black Labs and the 2 visitors.
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