The Second Round Bale is Gone

23 Apr

The goats have been working hard on eating that second round bale.  We’ve had rain several days this past week, so they weren’t quite as happy with the bale, and I didn’t do quite as good a job of tightening the panel around the bale with the soggy hay at the bottom.

I kind of left a gap at the bottom that some goats seemed to think was put there for their convenience.

It started with the small goats.

Then it was the big goats.  One at first.

Then there were two.

Minnie wasn’t very happy with them being in her way.

Finally, we had some of the biggest goats on the farm in there.  Helen seems to be quite happy to be eating all the hay she wants in the sunshine!

Nothing to do with the bale of hay, but does Litha look huge?  She’s not due until mid-June.  Triplets?

Back to the round bale.  I finally gave up and took the panel off because it was getting crowded in there.

Some goats seemed to think that was an invitation to use it as a bed.  Flower really liked the panel being removed.  She was the undisputed queen of the hay pile.

Finally, they finished it off.

Jeremy brought me the third and final round bale tonight.  It’s not likely that the fence will be done by the time it’s gone, so my new Plan B is buying a haystack from my ex-brother-in-law.  I’m good as long as I have food to feed them.

Linking to You Capture where this week’s them is sunshine.  I’m just going to say, sunshine was hard this past wee, but I’m not complaining.  We’ve really had good rains to end our drought conditions.


34 Responses to “The Second Round Bale is Gone”

  1. TexWisGirl April 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    such cute tromping monsters! 🙂

    • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      They are very creative when it comes to getting to the food. 🙂

  2. Bobbi Sharp April 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Love the light on Litha! Gorgeous capture.

    • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Thanks. If only I could get her smiling face with that sunlight!

  3. Chai Chai April 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    That poor bale, it never had a chance.

    • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      The poor defenseless thing is all gone! They devoured it!

  4. Alica April 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    How is it that goats can make anything look like fun?! Oh how I hope you get your fence soon!

    • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      We won’t do it until crops are planted, so it will probably be a couple of weeks depending on the weather. Those poor girls are about trampling each other for the little maple seeds falling from the tree.

      • Alica April 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

        I remember how Jenna’s goats last year just loved those maple tree seeds! Her new goats are finally getting tame! They come running now when I feed them in the morning, and today one actually jumped up on me. I took that as a sign of affection! 🙂

      • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

        Sometimes it can be hard to get them to be truly tame. I have some that I feel lucky to touch their back while I walk past, but they are getting better!

  5. Kris April 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Last shot is my fav! I love how the sky is dark but the goats still seem to be lit up by the sunshine.

    • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      It was right after showers moved through so we still had clouds, but the setting sun was shining. 🙂

  6. Marigold and the Goatmother April 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Rut Roh! 🙂

    • Teresa April 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      It’s all good. As long as I can feed them, it’s all good!

  7. Pat April 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    What characters!

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      They certainly are full to overflowing with character!

  8. Stillmary April 24, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Lot of shots of lots of goats in lots of sunshine! And then you added in lots of interesting narrative that makes me want to come back and check on the goats and their food supply often. Great post all around!

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 6:21 am #

      I am very frequently talking about the goats! or the cows…

  9. Bindi April 24, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    My kids loved looking at your pictures. Lots of ‘so cute’ being squealed here! Great pictures and I love how the sunshine is streaming in on Litha.

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 6:21 am #

      I’m glad the kids enjoyed it. I do think the goats are cute and very good entertainers!

  10. LB April 24, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    I do hope your neighbour keeps his promise to mend the fence soon x

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 6:22 am #

      He will. We’re waiting until they get the crops in. Also my nephew and ex-brother-in-law are still working on planting too. I’m just impatient because I know how much they want to go out and enjoy the green stuff.

  11. wdwoodruff April 24, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    They are cute eating machines, they keep going until it all gone.

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 6:23 am #

      Lean, mean eating machines. You don’t want to get in their way!

  12. staylor319 April 24, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Hah! My goats never get inside the cattle panel surrounding the hay bale when I am looking. Otherwise, they know I will tighten it up. Instead I start to notice goat berries in there and know the little buggers are sneaking in. I woudln’t care except once they have pooped and peed on it, they leave it there want a new, fresh one. Punks!!

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 7:10 am #

      They actually were well-behaved in there. I didn’t see any pellets. It was about time to be opened up anyhow. I’ve been really pleased with how little they have actually wasted.

  13. Texan April 24, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I tell ya they enjoy getting in the middle of their food! LOL

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 8:19 am #

      They do throw themselves completely into the task of eating. 🙂

  14. lisa April 24, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Now that’s a whole lotta goats Teresa!!!
    You have won the magnolia necklace at WithWords! Congratulations!!
    Please e-mail me with your mailing address, and I’ll get it out to you on Thurs. or Fri. of this week.


    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you! We do have a lot of goats here. Good thing they are so much fun. 🙂

  15. Candy C. April 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Good goaties for finishing it all off! 🙂 Love the sunlight after the rain storm!

    • Teresa April 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      I really am amazed at how little they are wasting. Goats aren’t exactly known for not wasting food. 🙂

  16. Pat July 17, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Just a question, is it ok for my goats to eat the maple samaras?

    • Teresa July 17, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Yes. They are delicious treats for the goats.

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