Too Much Rain

I hate complaining about the weather, but on the farm, the weather is something that can make or break your livelihood. It’s a life and death kind of thing.  We had another day that was supposed to yield possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, and instead, the rain began about nine this morning and has hardly let up.

Rain 1ew

Notice there is still cut hay lying there that was going to be chopped last Friday.

Since Friday morning we’ve had 3 or 4 inches, and we didn’t need any to start with.  It’s stopped all progress on my garage, which means my poor boys are stuck in the inferior shelter I built for them.  Fionn seems to have picked up coccidia causing him to have diarrhea. That’s another problem with too much rain.  It causes the parasite eggs to float, and the animals are more likely to eat them and become ill. It’s not easy treating a big buck.

Fionn and Boeris

Fionn and Boeris enjoying shade before it turned into mud

I haven’t been able to make hay, so instead of two weeks, I still have my June moms in the north paddock after six weeks.  I’m still feeding them hay from last year to try and keep them from over-browsing their little pasture.  Despite the hay, Blaze isn’t keeping up with feeding her boys, Ruff and Reddy, and they have picked up worms, like Fionn.  I am treating them and giving them supplemental bottles.  Hopefully, they’ll recover.

Joani, Watson, Ruff, Vern, Reddy

Joani, Watson, Ruff, Yolanda (in back) Vern, Reddy, and Ruby

Goats hate rain, so instead of eating in pasture, the rest of the herd is hanging out in the barn all day .  That’s another area where the bacteria and parasite eggs are in higher concentration.  I have a couple of  moms that really need to get out to pasture to eat because they are getting run down.

Victoria and kids, Stormy and kids, Annie

Victoria and kids, Stormy and kids, Annie

I already told you Kizzy was thin.  Because she can’t go out to pasture and eat, she’s getting thin again.  Her kids were also looking thin because they are spending more time trying to nurse her and getting nothing than they are eating.  As a result, they picked up worms.  I started worming them, but it takes time, and they are weak by the time they show signs of needing wormed.

Kizzy, Kimmy and Kenny about three weeks ago

Kizzy, Kimmy and Kenny about three weeks ago

If your remember, had to move my yard goats into the yard because the shelter up north wasn’t big enough to accommodate everyone with all the heat and rain (and cranky dispositions).  All of this means, I had no place to put Kizzy or her kids to help them recover weight and strength.

Sam and Millie

Sam and Millie

When I checked everyone in the barn yesterday afternoon while it was raining, Kimmy (Kizzy’s doe) was looking better.  The worm medicine was probably helping her.  I was glad to see her looking better because I really couldn’t come up with any other place to put her.  Sadly, when the goats came up from pasture when they finally got to go out late in the evening, she wasn’t with them.  I looked and looked until it was too dark to see, but I couldn’t find her.

Kenny today

Kenny today

With the lightning this morning, I still haven’t been able to go back to look for her, but I’m sure she’s gone.  It’s possible she just got worn out from walking in the thick wet grass and couldn’t make it back, or it’s also likely that she was behind the group and got picked off by a coyote.  I did find a deer in the pasture that the coyotes had been eating, so I know they are out there even though Llenny keeps them away from my barnyard.

Llenny (with Minnie in the background)

Llenny (with Minnie in the background)

So when I complain about too much rain, it’s because all of this sickness and over-crowding and lack of hay and loss of life comes from too much rain.

Raindrops Keep Falling

To my knowledge, we really didn’t have rain in the forecast for today.  Just like last Friday, the radar lit up, and we’re getting more rain.  We’ve had more rain than we need.  I’d love to share with some of those places desperate for rain.

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The hay is still down getting rained on in the buffer strips.  Luckily we haven’t mowed the Back Forty (where my hay comes from).  I have to admit, it is still going to give me some decent hay if we can ever get a long enough stretch without rain to make it because all the rain has kept the new grass growing.  That’s also why I still haven’t let my June moms out there.  Their kids would never be able to make it through the jungle. (By the way, the image below also illustrates why I don’t like yard goats.  That is the patio just outside my back door.)

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They were almost done with the dirt work for the garage when the rain came Friday.  It also rained some Saturday night, and now this.  That means the equipment is just sitting there.  Again, there’s good news though. The pad has done really well with all the rain.  It hasn’t washed.  I’d still like to see the garage go up soon.  The two bucks are not thrilled with their mini-shelter.

Bulldozer in rain_4573ew I’d like to get stuff done outside.  My whole garden needs weeded.  At least it’s giving me produce despite competing with all the weeds.

Garden_4557w

I really was hoping to get some of that weeding done today after it dried out a bit more.  Yeah, that’s not going to happen now.

Sharing with The Good. The Random. The Fun. and Song-ography.  I’ve been stuck with the song Raindrops Keep Falling by B. J. Thomas.

Scavenger Hunt in the Yard

This week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday items are: selfie (dang it), rows, one word, I love this, and white on white.

After two markets and a parade, I really needed a day to catch up. Okay, I need way more than a day to catch up, but the one word for today was laundry.  I have an expert helper.  Fozzy Bear likes to pick up my clothes pins out of the bucket and hand them to me drop them on the ground.  He’s very good help.

Fozzy Bear

Fozzy Bear

The dreaded selfie.  Really don’t think we need to have so many selfies in the scavenger hunt.

selfie laundry ew

While I was out hanging up laundry, I checked the garden.  I’ve picked quite a few zucchini and peppers in the last day or two.  There’s a lot of green tomatoes on the plants.  I’m pretty sure there are no rows left in my tomato patch, just jungle.

tomatoes_4555ew

Right behind the house, I found my Millie goat lounging on the hay I put out for her.  I do love this girl more than you can possibly imagine.

Millie Ann Saanen

Millie Ann Saanen

Finally, for white on white I picked Queen Anne’s lace and brought in to put on real lace.

Queen Anne's Lace_4571ew

We’re horribly hot, so I’m hoping my garden can make it a couple more days with being neglected.  It’s awfully weedy, but I’m a wimp in this heat.

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