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New Baby reindeer to my herd

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  1. joanc123

    joanc123 Forum Ambassador

    Thanks for the fun video, Karen. :inlove: And thank you, Brooke, for the great play-by-play of the darling dramatic moment. :)
     
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  2. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    There are many times that my heart stops beating but luckily Lily's ear went up and a perfect chance to check to make sure she isn't deaf - a whistle woke this sleepy youngest baby girl.
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    And so many friends are losing their calves. :(.. I wish I knew why mine are surviving, in order to help others but I don't know. So little research into reindeer but 50% survival worldwide needs to be worked on. I was worried about so many mothers' this year but 5 of my "worry girls" have already calved ad rearing well. Only one panic girl to go... All babies thriving. :)
     
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  3. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    Omg that would scare me too! She is so cute though!:inlove: In my humble opinion Karen, it could be that your herd is so well taken care of year round,so that when it is time for rut they are in prime condition, both males and females! I have to think that helps a lot!
     
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  4. Willow

    Willow Forum Demigod

    Charming photos! :inlove: Lily is so adorable! Very sorry to hear about so many losses, even as I rejoice in your healthy herd.
     
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  5. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Board Analyst

    I think I would have been scared seeing Lily lying like that. A little beauty amongst the buttercups. Sad news about your friends losing their calves, but so glad that all yours are doing well. I hope that Belle has a beautiful healthy baby as well.
     
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  6. sarann

    sarann Advanced

    Lily just wants to bask in that field of beauty with her beautiful self. She found a zen moment. It certainly looks like a place where I would want to lay all stretched out soaking in my surroundings.
     
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  7. farmlily3

    farmlily3 Commander of the Forum

    Oh, Karen!! What beautiful babies - and so many of them, too!!:inlove::D:inlove: So many colors...and the white ones are just about the whitest white I've ever seen!!
    And - of course - I Looove that one of the white ones is named Lily!! Lol....I wonder whyyyyy??Lol!...:music::p What a happy coincidence! :)))

    Isn't there some Legend about white reindeer that you told us about long ago?? I have forgotten the details....and would love to hear it again, if you are so inclined, and have the time... Those babies are just about the whitest white I've ever seen!!(Repeat...!)Lol!
    Your herd must be world renowned by now...has there been any feedback about all your whites? Your herd may just be one of the most beautiful (and healthy - sanddollar15 said it very well) in the world - if not THE Number One!!

    That close-up photo of Amber is almost as perfect as it gets - she is absolutely stunning!! She looks so gentle and sweet.:inlove: What lovely greeting cards that photo would make - or posters, or ads for your business and farm!!

    Has the last baby for this year been born yet?? Can hardly wait for your next posts...!!:D
     
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  8. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    I am still waiting for Belle to calf (the last one) but her udder is now developing well, so not long now.
    In the meantime little Casper is starting to show the first signs of his pink antlers buds.
    Pascha has antler buds but only detected by a head rub as she is brown..
    All three white reindeer will have pink antlers but Casper being the male is showing first.
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    Still waiting but mother is getting close now. :) She's a young Mom so high on worry list
     
  9. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Board Analyst

    Oh bless him, he will look so cute with his pink antlers:inlove:
     
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  10. farmlily3

    farmlily3 Commander of the Forum

    8)Hi Karen!! Thanks for answering my post!!:):) Not surprised that your inbox is going crazyxD...you have such an exceptionally beautiful herd!!:inlove:

    I see you haven't been able to post for a few days - I hope everything is o.k., and that Belle has had her calf by now......and that nothing went wrong!! Annnnnd that you are finally getting some sleeeep (somehow! Lol)!
    Eagerly awaiting the news!:D

    Pink antlers! Can you picture it, Lilaclady??!o_O:D
     
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  11. baw815

    baw815 Forum Overlooker

    Reindeer unicorns? xD o_O xD o_O xD :p
     
  12. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    Belle is driving me ditsy - the last girl to calf. Her tummy is huge, baby kicking and udder developing.
    She wasn't actually meant to be in calf but Gandalf jumped the fence,late in the rut and I found out why 8 weeks ago when I saw a calf kicking in her belly but I didn't note down when he jumped fence as I thought he just wanted to join main herd! So hey ho Belle is still to calf.. BUT when?
    Pascha is 7 weeks old and the youngest 3 weeks. In the meantime Fleur picture she's now 4 weeks and doubled in size.
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  13. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    Wow, has it been 7 weeks already? time sure does fly, she is a pretty little girl and growing by leaps and bounds! It looks
    like Belle with give birth when she is ready lol but in the mean time your waiting must be real hard to do! :) Fingers crossed
    all goes well and I;) can't wait to see if it is a girl or a boy or maybe even another white beauty!
     
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  14. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    Nerves are freying ;).
    The 9 babies "on the ground" are doing beyond expectations - yay, Happy Dance.
    BUT I need Belle to calf so that I can cope with the early days, in which there is a high chance of losing baby.

    As you know, I jumps through hoops to keep them alive but the first few days are traumatic..
    So once Belle calves and her baby is safe, then I can relax a little! :)

    A massive Thank you to Mir for finding the time to search posts to see when Gandalf jumped fence! If Belle calves to exact date, then the 4th... but any day now... Mir you are a star! xx Thank you
     
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  15. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    Yes Karen with 9 healthy babies and mums so far, that is a reason to "Happy Dance" all over the pasture! But there is always the little nagging voice in your head saying "still one more to go!" So it is hard to really relax and enjoy the season quite yet!;)
     
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  16. -Mir85-

    -Mir85- Living Forum Legend

    You may not have included it in your notes, but you did tell us :D I did a quick search and found this post from October 24th where you say Gandalf jumped the fence that morning/night before. Hope that helps and good luck to you, the mothers, the babies, and fathers :p all doing a terrific job so far :) and thanks for keeping us updated :inlove:
     
  17. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Emperor of the Forum

    Great find Mir, I bet that will help Karen! :D
     
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  18. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    Oh yes... Mir is a STAR! Massive help.. Exact due date 4th June but a couple of days either way.. Guessing before not after.
    THANK YOU MIR!!! xx I post too much to keep track myself! ;)
     
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  19. -Mir85-

    -Mir85- Living Forum Legend

    No problem :) Crossing my fingers for all going well with this years last baby too :)
     
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  20. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    I'm still waiting on Belle and I am sorry I didn't get my camera out today as I was having a lovely time talking to a wonderful couple about reindeer - what else!

    I had an absolutely lovely lady and her husband spend the day with my herd today.

    Long story but she sent me a lovely email about 6 months ago asking if I was open to the public (which I am not) and if there was any chance she could visit my herd. Apparently she had been sending messages to different people for the past 3 years. It was her dearest wish to be able to stroke a reindeer for her 75th Birthday, (her husband, and chauffeur, 80 years old).
    I invited her to join us, a few weeks after her Birthday as I was mid calving for the day of her Birthday but they had to travel over 3 hours and booked a holiday cottage for the week. Such a lovely day, and I have invited them back for a morning before they go home - which will either be Friday, or if Belle calves before then as soon as Belle has bonded with her baby, I want them to see a new born.

    I had received so many cards from her over the last few months as she really couldn't believe her dream was coming true - she even said that she had been waking in the night to check her texts and emails to make sure she wasn't dreaming.
    I got so many hugs and tears. Must say I shed a few too, knowing I could easily just have replied saying we aren't open to the public but I saw how much it meant to her to walk in amongst the babies, stroke & hand feed the adults and have the babies come and sniff her trousers.. Her hubby took loads of photos so hopefully he will share some..
    A lovely day for me.
     

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