Stinky Chores this Weekend

7 Oct

I have three bucks on the farm.  They’ve been together all summer with no problems.  Marley is my dominant buck, and he has been very good at protecting his son, Fionn.  He makes sure Boeris doesn’t get too mean or pushy.  Now they’re in rut, and that changes the dynamics.

The two big boys are in a “stink war.”  They spend much of their time urinating on themselves: their beards, faces, front legs and chest.  Then they rub against each other.

They all three want the girls.  Marley is distracted by girls, and Fionn hasn’t been getting enough of the herbal wormer in their food.  That means he’s picked up worms.  It’s always easier for them to pick up parasites in the fall when they are stressed from being in rut and the pasture is getting eaten down.

It’s hard for me to treat him while he’s still in there with all three of them wanting food and loving, so I took advantage of Fionn being close to the gate and snuck him out of the pen.  Now he’s up north.


He has all the hay he wants.  All he has to do is lounge and eat and pick up weight and feel better.

I put Osmo, the wether that doesn’t know he’s a wether, in there so Fionn would have company because goats hate to be all alone. Besides, I have to get Osmo away from the girls.  He’s too big to be jumping on my little girls, and he uses those nasty scurs and beats on the girls as part of showing his affection.


Yes, he’s giving me the “Goat Stare of Death.”  That stinker got out.  I actually think he went over the top of the fence, but I did repair one place that he might have squished through.

He better stay put, or he’ll find himself in with the big boys or off the farm.

Since I was already stinky, I decided to fix the lean-to that serves as Marley and Boeris’s shelter.

I do know Fionn helped in the destruction.  I actually caught him banging his head against the boards, knocking them off.  I had earlier put the piece of plywood on the inside so they couldn’t knock more boards off, but it was time to put the boards back on the outside.

First was catching Boeris and Marley in pasture and locking them out.  Yea, I really don’t like stinky bucks rubbing against me.

Then it was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

I about forgot to remove the old nails.  It’s hard to get it to fit properly with them in the boards though.

Someone kept an eye on me the whole time.

Finally, I got it all put back together.

That will help them stay warm this winter.  Now it looks like I need to replace the window.  I swear it’s a never ending job.

Linking to Homestead Barn Hop and Mosaic Monday and Backyard Farming Connection .

40 Responses to “Stinky Chores this Weekend”

  1. Anne October 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Good looking job!! I love the way they watched you.

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      Marley is a sweet boy. I’d love him up if he weren’t so gross right now. 🙂

  2. Alica October 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Ewww…I’m glad we had whethers! 🙂
    You’re a jack of all trades…nice repair job!

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      I can handle simple repairs, but anything more complicated and I have to call my daddy. 🙂 Wethers are much nicer than bucks.

  3. Pat October 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I’m glad I can’t smell them.
    You did a great repair job!

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks. They are quite stinky right now!

  4. Mimi Foxmorton October 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh….Fionn…….you are a handsome, handsome boy…………

    Egads! Buck Season! 😛

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      He is handsome and sweet and not at all aggressive.

  5. Beth - VA October 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    osmo is too cute!! do you have some where on your blog now many animals you own? i wonder how you keep up with all their names. you must have a great memory. maybe name tags every where? ha. ha!! (:

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      I do pretty good with names except during kidding season when we gain twenty or so kids in just a short time. That’s what kills me. I don’t even know how many animals I have. I do still have seven kids to sell, so it changes quite a bit.

  6. Texan October 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Yes its a never ending job on a farm! You so got that right :O)… three bucks in rut together and they are not trying to kill each other, thats darn near a miracle LOL :O)

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      They really do get along quite well. It’s just that Boeris is way more assertive about food than Fionn. Marley does an excellent job of keeping things under control. I’m really lucky that they are all three nice.

  7. TexWisGirl October 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    another blogger posted about her stinky, horny buck this week. that would put me off keeping goats for good.

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      If I only had a couple of girls, I wouldn’t keep a buck year round, but I have enough that it really is worth it. They are pretty nice other than about, oh, five months out of the year. LOL

  8. Lavender Cottage October 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Well, after reading your post, I don’t think I’d like to keep goats. You must love them though to care for them so well.
    The goat barn looks good as new after your fix-it job – well done!

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Thanks. You should check out the cute girls and kids in yesterday’s post. They are much better than the boys, but I do have really good boys.

  9. Snap October 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Never a dull moment! The boys keep everyone busy. Osmo is quite handsome.

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      They do certainly keep me on my toes making sure fences and buildings are all in order.

  10. Valerie October 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I was tired just reading the post. Farm life isn’t easy. Valerie

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      It is a lot of work, but I wouldn’t want any other lifestyle!

  11. palominoblue October 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Ahh! the smell of the bucks…. we can always tell the the places around here that have them…you get the purfume whiff when you drive by lol!

    • Teresa October 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      The whole farm has that lovely aroma right now. 🙂

  12. Patty October 8, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Yes, Luke seems to think my pants are an ideal resting place for all of his “odeur”

    They are something, aren’t they. Good job fixing the boards. Do you hire out? heh

    • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 6:52 am #

      I wish I hired in! 🙂 That one was a pretty easy fix.

  13. Mary October 8, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    Stink wars, oh my! Calgon take me away 🙂 Love your photos!

    • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 6:52 am #

      They are quite amusing to watch, but I prefer to do it from a distance. 🙂

  14. Madelyn from the broken barn farm. October 8, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Ohhh! I forgot how beautiful Fionn was! Sandy is the same color, but is getting some white spots. We completed her name: Sandy Fionna McCumhail Osboer.

    • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 8:05 am #

      I love the name! I have to ask though. Did you know her grandma’s full name is Scarlet Fionna O’Boera? I don’t remember posting it (because I didn’t know how to spell it).

      • Madelyn from the broken barn farm. October 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

        No. We didnt know Scarlets middle name. We were thinking of Fionn. My absoulute favorite buck. He is so beautiful. Him and Blaze made such a beautiful baby. She is such a sweetheart. Who are you breeding Blaze to this time?

      • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

        I’m glad she’s calmed down. I think that is so cool! She’ll be bred to Fionn again.

  15. debra October 8, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Looks like no fun at all ….

    • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      It was a pretty easy repair job, so I didn’t mind it. I just need a clothespin for my nose when I’m around the boys. 🙂

  16. artmusedog October 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    You really! work hard ! And them there male goats sounded more and more like human males as I read your post ~ silly men and their hormones ~ Fantastic photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

    thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

    • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Yes, they truly are slaves to the hormones. 🙂

  17. Candy C. October 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    We went this morning and picked up an Alpine buck, Cochise, for my Madeline. He is a stinky boy too! Thank goodness we are just borrowing him for a few days! Good job repairing the lean-to, it looks as good as new! 🙂

    • Teresa October 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      I borrowed bucks at first too, but with the number of girls I have, it makes it worth the stink to keep them.

  18. Gattina October 9, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    I had never thought that goats have such an agitated love life ! Fortunately the human males behave a little better, I just imagined if they would do the same as your two big boys, hehehe !

    • Teresa October 9, 2012 at 6:52 am #

      It’s very dramatic in the barnyard with all those hormones right now!

  19. Gretchen October 10, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Those are some fabulous photo of the bucks. They are gorgeous. I loved hearing how it all works. We just got a doe and a wether for starters – but hopefully there will be more soon. I’ve recently started a new blog hop and would love you to join (, please come by and check it out if you get a chance.

    • Teresa October 10, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Glad to hear you’ve started with a doe and wether. It’s nice to have them and get to know them before you jump right into a whole herd. 🙂 I do love my goats, but I feel sorry for the boys when they are in rut.

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