April Fools

28 Mar

You might remember that I have been complaining incessantly about Zeus getting out and making all kinds of unauthorized kids.  Well, do you remember in the middle of all that I also told you about Astra who decided to sneak through the fence (see my post Water Through a Fence) and have a date with Xerxes?  At least I knew who bred her and when she was due.  She was due for April 1st, April Fools Day.

Astra

But, I guess she decided to really trick me because she gave birth early, on March 27th.

Astra shut in the garage after coming up from pasture ready to have a baby.

She worked hard, and I was trying to get a video for you, but when the bag appeared, the baby was tail first, so I had to put down the camera and help.  She had an adorable little girl.

Astra and her little doe

She wasn’t done with just a girl, though.

She really tricked me by having three babies.

The first little white one is a girl and the two big mottled ones are boys.  I helped her little girl get in there and nurse first because it’s probably the only time she won’t have brothers trying to push her out of the way.

Meet Astra’s April fools: Avril, Jester, and Joker.

Avril (French for April)

Jester (front) and Joker (back with more brown on the nose)

I’m guessing the last laugh will be on her trying to keep up with triplets.  I will try to get cute fluffy pictures soon, but we are back to rain.

Fun With Mary

27 Mar

Mary was awfully cranky with my other moms before she had her kids, but now she’s pretty chill with all the little ones.

Mary with her kids Trace (left) and Quatro (right)

She’s the fun mom that everyone wants to bounce on.

Quatro on her; Cher beside her

She doesn’t care even if it isn’t her kid bouncing on her.

Cher on Mary

Victoria in the back is watching her girl, Ruby, bounce on Mary.

Even Popcorn got in on the fun!

Popcorn on Mary

Mary, Mary, Miss Extraordinary!

Water Through a Fence

26 Mar

There’s an old saying that if you throw a bucketful of water at a fence and any gets through, it won’t hold a goat.  Well, there might be a lot of truth to that.

Litha walking through a fence several years ago.

When I bought my farm ten years ago, the first thing I had to do was fix fence around the Back Forty.  And I did replace fence on three sides.

Right after we put the fence in.

That left one section (on two sides) that did not get replaced, but I did my best hobbling job, and it actually worked really well until last summer.  Last summer I think I had to open the panel by the lane to let goats in every day.  Seriously.  It was quite a pain.

leaning and hobbled, but still working when this image was taken a few years ago

It started again this spring as soon as they went out to pasture, so I followed them to see where they were getting through.  That little spot is where they were sneaking under.

Penelope and Hera were my two main offenders.

Hera and Penelope

I added a little section of panel and figured that should do the trick.

Penelope checking it out.

Penelope tried going through before I even had it secured.  Luckily, she can get her head back out from the panel.

When I got done tying it tight (with Moose supervision),

Moose

I stood up and turned around to see…

Dang Penelope!  I couldn’t do anything until she came back through, so I decided to just hang with the rest of the herd for a little bit when I turned to see…

Hera

She’s almost five months pregnant (which is why I didn’t grab a leg and wrestle her back out).

Hera with Caroline on the right side of the fence

Don’t worry; she got back through, and I did some more hobbling.  I’m sure that will take care of the problem until the next time they go out to pasture.  My hope is that this last stretch will get replaced this summer.