Well, because of his err... coming of age, young Mr. Blackjack needed to be moved to the boys' pen, lest we have a repeat of the surprise baby bunnies incident, featuring Blackjack and his mom. EW.
So Blackjack joined the boys, and Gertie (our former herd queen) left her brothers and joined the mamas and babies. We're still not 100% sure that she is pregnant, but she has definitely filled out, so, come May, I guess we'll see.
Gert is adjusting ok to her new home. She and Blue are jostling for third in the pecking order, with Fritzen as the undisputed new Queen of the herd. Blackjack's transition has not been as smooth. He can see his Mama, just 5 feet away, he just can't get to her and he bawls about it night and day. And it's the most pathetic sounding cry you've ever heard. A warbling, high pitched, MAAAAAAAAAAH! Blue still sticks her head through the fence once in a while in an effort to edge closer to her boy, but has mostly fulfilled her need to mother by looking after Chardy and Fritzen's bouncing brood. She is an excellent foster mom, so even though she's probably too old to be bred again herself, she's definitely going to be with us for the long haul.
By the way - we've decided to sell our two wethers, Archie & Spike, and two of our baby mini Lamanchas, Hop (a doe) and Buckley (a buckling). Drop me a line if you or anyone you know might be interested!
The only constant here is that things are always changing.