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New Baby reindeer to my herd

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  1. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 All knowing Oracle

    Yes Lilaclady, I think you are right! :D Thanks
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  2. Princess.Cadence

    Princess.Cadence Forum-Apprentice

    Thats true,thank you for repair,I like this animals too
  3. fun2farm

    fun2farm Forum Expert

    Thank you for your answer, BoHoKaren!! That's quite a (beautiful!) herd!!:D
  4. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    Well done all, I can't believe how well you know my herd (I must ramble on so much). Yes the other castrate is Bruno.

    The girls are now starting to strip their velvet.
    Ria in Frodo's rutting paddock and Ivy in the baby paddock.
    Elsa has completely stripped today and Mischa partially, (both in with Gandalf) but how they have had chance, I do not know, as he is keeping these two on the move all day and ignoring his other girls. My guess is that they will be first to calf next year. [​IMG];)

    Since creating this post, Katya is also kept at far end of paddock by Gandalf. When they break free from him they are so thirsty and hungry but at least now he is keeping three of his 5 girls segregated they can split up and run for feed and water.... Rutting boys are a pain. :)
  5. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Duke

    I am sure we all love you "rambling" on about your beautiful herd, please don't stop :) I hope Gandalf realises that his girls do need to be able to eat and drink occasionally.
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  6. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    In every picture you will notice Gandalf's antlers' "suggesting" what his girls should do!
    Goodness if he was human I'd be taking all his girls to a refuge - nature can be so harsh.

    Frodo, for now, is laying gently beside his favourite girl (Twiglet) and ignoring his others, but hard to take good photos as usually laying in the shade at far end of their paddock. He and his girls are eating all their pelleted rations :) Feed in Gandalf's paddock is mainly wasted :(
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  7. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    Nature indeed has a harsh way of insuring continuation of the species!o_O Looking forward to end of rut and happy expectations!
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  8. -Mir85-

    -Mir85- Living Forum Legend

    Thanks for the update, much appreciated! :) Which other girls are with Frodo and Gandalf?
  9. Princess.Cadence

    Princess.Cadence Forum-Apprentice

    reideers for Santa Claus ;) true BoHoKaren ?
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  10. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Duke

    Sounds as though Frodo is continuing to be the perfect gentleman, unlike someone else;)
  11. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    Mir. Gandalf has Mischa, Katya, Elsa, Lexi and Ivy. Frodo has Twiglet, Tigga, Ria and Eli.

    An educational video - if I can find how to attach!
    Here you will see a female reindeer (Twiglet) stripping her velvet and later eating it and Frodo a bull sampling her urine and "tasting" the scent. This is all normal behaviour during the Rutting season.
    Frodo is, thankfully, a very calm bull and rarely attacks fence line but I do notice on the days his girls are in oestrus my wheel barrow, on the other side of the fence, becomes a potential threat and the fence does suffer! [​IMG]

    (hope following works!)
  12. joanc123

    joanc123 Forum General

    They are so beautiful, Karen. Very healthy and that sleek fall coat looks like it would shine in Sun or Moon light! :)
    Thank you for the video.
  13. farmlily3

    farmlily3 Forum Freak

    8)WOW!!!o_O:D THAT is FRODO???!!! Who would ever have believed it that didn't really know -
    having seen him before,
    at death's door?!!!
    He is magnificent! Huge! Just what joanc said - so beautiful!!:inlove::inlove:
    He should be on the cover of a VET magazine...and THEY should come to YOU to learn about Reindeer!! xD:D

    Twiglet is a smaller version of Beautiful, too!!:inlove:
    As a Mom, I know :inlove:Your Mom would be soooooo very proud of what you have achieved!!:inlove:

    Your herd is just amaaaaaazing!:D:D:D:inlove:

    Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!:inlove::D
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  14. Brookeham

    Brookeham Commander of the Forum

    Frodo is very impressive!! :DTwiglet is still a cutie! :inlove:How are this year's babies doing? Who has personality....are there any best pals?
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  15. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Duke

    Thanks for the interesting video. Frodo has certainly turned into a very handsome and healthy young man thanks to your care and love.
  16. Cassie101

    Cassie101 Forum Freak

    Just watched the video, I've never really seen reindeer before. They are wonderful to watch.
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  17. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    As to this year's babies - the ones at either end of spectrum.. Pascha was an absolute sweetheart and joined me (usually pushing between my legs) as I mixed their feed but she joined her new herd on Thursday, Lily is a cutie too, she is booked elsewhere but hoping to keep her until after Christmas but we'll see if new agrees. Casper "middle of the road" he joined his new herd on Wednesday - more on that later as it was stressful BUT funny. Another of note is Swift, who is struggling with her antlers - she has little bee stings only - bless her.
    On the Demon side is the beautiful Fleur (who I am keeping), whenever babies have needed to be caught up for injections vitamin drenches etc most aren't happy but Fleur intentionally kicks me with a fabulous aim... she takes after her Grandmother and not her mother. ;)
    Mir asked a few days ago which girls are in with which boys.. Since my answer Katya has been changed as she kept leaping through a hedge to escape Gandalf, so she is now in with Frodo - I will have to keep a close eye on calving date to see who the Daddy is!

    As to Casper moving to his new home on Wednesday. He joined a herd of brown castrates (he's white). He ran to them to see if any where "his" herd and they freaked - all big boys. One jumped a fence to escape the scary little white thing, landed in a tree dangling over a brook by his antlers.. Fire Brigade called but luckily before they arrived he found purchase on the stream bank with his rear hooves and got himself free. They have all calmed now BUT I always worry about my babies being bullied never thought the existing herd would be at risk! :)
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  18. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Duke

    I bet the new herd that Casper has joined were scared to death of the "strange little white thing" Glad to hear that all is calm now and I hope that they accept the little fellow and they live happy and contented lives together. I also hope that Pascha lives a very happy and healthy life with her new family.
  19. farmlily3

    farmlily3 Forum Freak

    8) o_Oo_OxDxD:inlove: Oh Karen!! Laughing/crying so hard at the vision you painted of poor Casper!! The thought of that whole herd going every which way - including up a tree(!!!) all because of one sweet little 'newbie' is just too much!!xDxDxD:DxD
    I hope they will come to their senses soon and accept him into the herd as one of them.
    Who knows - with that kind of a reaction, he may become KING of the herd!!xD

    Thank you for sharing that!!:inlove:
  20. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    Blessings on all the babies; both those in a new home and those that stay. What a story about Casper!xD So glad no harm was done. Must have thought he was a white tornado!

    Katya obviously knows what she wants - and pushy Gandalf isn't to her taste. Will be interested to see who is daddy to her calf.

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