Consolidation

4 Apr

I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with all the new kids and keeping everyone in out of the rain and making sure the moms get enough to eat.  I’ve been feeding and watering goats in six different places.  Yeah, that’s overwhelming.

Bud

Bud

Add to that having to bring in hay and feed from the lean to on the garage, meaning I have to climb the fence to feed my three bales of hay, and I’m exhausted from chores.  As soon as they see me, they swarm the gate and me.

barnyard gate

I finally got the panel against the north door loose from the ground.  It was still frozen yesterday when I tried it.  Of course, when I got home yesterday, Sugar was half out.  She was also half in.  Really.  The panel in front had one missing rod, and Sugar was stuck with it around her middle.  It’s a miracle she didn’t kill herself thrashing around to try and escape.  I used the bolt cutters and got her out.  I’ve replaced the old panel with the new one here.

Sugar

Sugar

Then I went to open the north door.  I couldn’t budge it.

barn door

I called my dear son to come help me, figuring it must have rusted or come off the track because I’ve always been able to slide it open or closed easily.

Caleb & Stella

Caleb & Stella

Well, he opened it and told me I was just wimpy.  Whatever.  I was tired.  I’d already done chores and I was tired.

barn door

Opening the door allowed Sugar and her babies to go outside where Blaze and Coffee are.

Coffee and kids

Coffee and kids

Then there’s Pebbles.  I had her in the greenhouse, but it looked like someone ransacked it, and she was out.  Then she and Stormy were fighting.  I shut her back in.

Pebbles

Pebbles

She only has two babies, but she still needs to be able to eat a lot.  She can’t do that when she’s out with everyone feeding her babies while everyone else is eating the hay.  I literally drug her up north to put her with the other three moms.

twin kids

I am pretty sure she’ll enjoy it up here without other girls to fight with.

doe goats and twins

Sugar was a bit nervous, but her kids are having a blast playing outside!

doe goat & triplets

That means I’m down to feeding in four places instead of three.  That’s a little better.  All this shuffling is why I’m also late with my post tonight.

Linking to Friday’s Fences, Skywatch Friday, Thursday Favorite Things, Farmgirl Friday.

38 Responses to “Consolidation”

  1. Joani April 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Whew! I’m tired just reading all of this. Am so glad you got them fed.

    • Teresa April 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      They always get fed! It’s just not always easy. 🙂

  2. TexWisGirl April 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    i’d be exhausted, too.

    • Teresa April 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      Hopefully I can make a couple more changes this weekend and it will be even easier. 🙂

  3. Donna Catterick April 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    It is obviously exhausting, but they are so cute. Nice shots.

    • Teresa April 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks. Getting them out on pasture will help a lot. I’m hoping for rain!

  4. Rose April 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    What a job…but should be easier now. And those babies are worth it all.

    • Teresa April 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      They are worth it, but I’m ready to be done with winter chores.

  5. tracy April 5, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Wowsers! That’s a lot to get getting on with at the end of the day! I don’t blame you for being ‘wimpy/tired’.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 2:10 am #

      The goats and I are all ready for them to get to go out to pasture, but it’s still totally brown and dormant. 😦

  6. Liz April 5, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Sounds like a really tiring job. Cute goats! Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 6:38 am #

      It is a lot of work. It will be much easier when my pastures turn green. 🙂

  7. Alica April 5, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    And I thought I was tired! Sounds like you’ve got it under control…but hope it settles down even more and you can get a bit of rest!

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      Green pastures will help more than anything. We’ve finally got warmer temperatures, and it sounds like real rainfall is coming next week!

  8. WolfSong April 5, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    I always love your goat pictures, but the one of Caleb and Stella is so sweet! 🙂 Her doggie face looks so happy.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      She loves her attention! I have a hard time photographing her because I can never get far enough away. 🙂

  9. Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    I have goats in 4 spaces. Boer pasture with does, kids and donkeys, buck pasture, dairy does pen, and a friend’s goats who lost her home and fences in a tornado weeks ago are in another large pen and started kidding yesterday. I feel your pain. And I’m headed out to feed and milk now. But we wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world would we.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      Absolutely not! They are completely worth the work. Good luck with the kidding!

  10. Beth April 5, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    you need a break. wow, i’m exhausted too. ( :
    guess it will slow down soon, i hope?

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      In theory it will slow down when I can let them out to pasture. Then I won’t be giving them hay. 🙂

  11. Janis April 5, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    I dont know how you do it! You take such great care of your kids. Love the photos.

  12. Veralynne Malone April 5, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Holy cow! I get tired just reading your blog…beautiful dog! And the babies. Just like kids, so cute…but such a pain. But it looks like you are doing a great job.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks. I try. It will be nice once they can go to pasture and I don’t have to hay them every day.

  13. 12Paws April 5, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Sweet pic of your son & Stella! You are doing the work of several people and solving problems along the way. Here’s hoping that easier times are ahead of you. Rest every minute you can. Your energy level is admirable.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      It is just this time when the goats and I both want spring and the freedom of green pastures that makes us all cranky. Getting the better situated helps a lot though. 🙂

  14. Marie-AZ April 5, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    SOOO much hard work! I can’t imagine having to do that every day! Great photos…loved the one of your son and the dog, and also of the kids with their heads in the bucket! 🙂

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Thanks. The kids were all checking out what their maa was drinking. They are so cute!

  15. fibromom1 April 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    And I thought I HAD A ROUGH FARM DAY yesterday! Whew! I ACHE all over… for YOU! Thank you, Son, for helping the mom… regardless of your smart alek comment!
    Oh My Gosh… the pics are fabulous but that one with the triplets and Mom (their butts) drinking is PRECIOUS.

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      My boy is awfully good help. He’s busy being a mechanic, so I do appreciate the time he gives me.

  16. Coloring Outside the Lines April 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Well, I’m tired just reading about all the work you are having to do. You need a vacation!

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      I just need spring! 🙂

  17. Kay Davies April 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Oh, Teresa, what an adventure! The kids are adorable, though, aren’t they? I love the shot of Pebbles’ two babies, and the one of the kids with their heads in the bucket, but my favorite photo has to be Caleb and Stella. The look on Stella’s face as she’s getting her head scratched is an expression of pure bliss.
    And I don’t think you’re a wimp at all. I think you’re amazing.
    K

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks, Kay. Stella just loves any attention she gets. 🙂 I will admit to feeling a bit wimpy some days, especially after chores.

  18. Candy Conrad April 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I too really like that picture of Caleb and Stella! 🙂
    You are most definitely NOT a wimp, girl! You are one of the hardest working women I know!!

    • Teresa April 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      I think I’m just a bit worn out. My joints are telling me it’s time for winter chores to be done. 🙂

  19. Katherines Corner April 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    you work so hard. Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway posted Friday!

    • Teresa April 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks so much. I do love your blog hop!

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