New Baby reindeer to my herd

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  1. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Baron

    I hope all goes well for you on Saturday and that it doesn't rain. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the new baby boy.
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  2. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Commander of the Forum

    New baby boys -eek!!! I know I shouldn't have financially, but I did... I purchased a second one too. It was such a long journey for my new baby boy to travel alone and any new reindeer introduced to a herd is ostracized for weeks. So my excuse is that "Furlough" (I think his new name will be Bilbo) has a buddy to settle in with. They are both very nervous babies, but they have each other and a they are sticking together like glue. :) Both are healthy boys but when I saw them I thought they are not as big as homebred Jasper but wasn't sure until I got them home.. Try to post second photo along side Jasper, I swear he has 15 kg on them!!
    Homebred Jasper on the right!
  3. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 Living Forum Legend

    Congrats on your new boys. I think it was a very wise decision for all the reasons you used to convince yourself to buy them!:inlove:
    Good luck with them and I hope the herd treats them like the little ones they are!;)
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  4. Brookeham

    Brookeham Forum Freak

    Your new boys are so handsome!!!!;) Great idea to bring them over together. The one with the white on the face reminds me a bit of Hector up in Heaven. :inlove::music:
  5. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    Handsome boys! I especially like the one with the darker markings! :inlove: Bilbo sounds like a great name; what is the other guy's name?
    You really had a great idea about getting the second boy for company. They will soon discover they have come to a great and happy home.
  6. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Baron

    Congratulations on your two new boys, they are both gorgeous. Tell Boris to look after them and to make sure they are welcomed into your herd.
  7. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Commander of the Forum

    Furlough (now Bilbo) is the one I went to buy (white facial markings)- I expressed an interest on the day he was born but owner was thinking to retain him but let me know last week that I could have him. Brown calf wasn't named but I have called him Merlin. TBH I don't need him for breeding programme but owner had a lot for sale and I needed company for Bilbo for journey and settling in.. Boris is ignoring them, Hazel and Jasper are pummelling them. I am not sure where Merlin will eventually be. Jasper is booked, along with Hazel but it may make sense for me to retain Hazel and let Merlin go with Jasper???
    Oh boy I will miss my big baby boy Jasper, such a character but he has to go but I would love to retain Hazel due to her lack of genetic connections, so maybe Merlin will go with Jasper??? Who knows - hate parting with any.
  8. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    Interesting idea about sending Merlin instead of Hazel, since he is not needed for breeding. You have a good point about the lack of genetic connections, keeping her may be wise for the bloodlines down the road. Hope Bilbo settles in quickly and peacefully with the others.
  9. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Commander of the Forum

    I am once again distracted, but this time due to the "Rut". Frodo I am a little worried about (but only slightly) as he isn't in the slightest bit angry but he hasn't piled on weight that I would expect for the rut.. So, I am questioning why but he is still "safe".

    Gandalf, my second bull is beyond dangerous now that he is in rut, and even worse than last year. He is charging the fence line at full tilt as soon as I am 50 yards away. His fences are 6' during his rut but he is still scaring the bejesus out of me as he charges. The posts move and the wire twists... My cuddles bunny wants to kill me.! :(
    Can't take a pic of charge of fence as I am running for cover in case fence comes down. This is just a gentle attack on fence. :) [​IMG]
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  10. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    Thinking it is a really good idea this is the last breeding year for him! o_O
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  11. rivak

    rivak Exceptional Talent

    Good call on not taking a pic of him at full charge! Much better for you to be safe.

    How do you feed him if you can't get close to his paddock during the rut? Does he forage instead?
  12. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Baron

    I agree with Willow, I think it is probably a good thing that this will be his last breeding season, he looks very dangerous. I hope all is OK with Frodo. Stay safe.