Archive | December, 2013

Welcome 2014

31 Dec

I usually like the new year and all that reflecting and goal setting and planning, but this year, I’m kind of floating.  I guess we’ll see what 2014 has in store all in good time.

New Year Goat Collage

Millie Ann Saanen

Millie Ann Saanen

Meanwhile, I want to wish everyone a very safe and blessed New Year.  Millie sends the best wishes from everyone in the barnyard, too.

Sharing with Ruby Tuesday 2 and Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy.

Doing Chores

30 Dec

I have to say I enjoy doing chores when I’m on vacation way more than the hurry-and-feed-them-before-dark routine it has been for the last month.  I get to take my time and enjoy everyone’s company.  You’ll never really get pictures of chores because it really takes every hand I have to feed and not get trampled, but I can enjoy it when I take my time.

Millie Ann Saanen

Millie Ann Saanen

Some goats are still impatient about waiting for me to get their dinner to them.

Marley

Marley

goat in doorway

Others have decided I need “helper” goats.  Moose is there everyday to go in the barn with me.

goat kid eating hay

goat kid eating hay

Cinderella joins him sometimes, and they are my bale testers.  They are very good at their job!

goat kids in hay

The goats enjoy getting fed earlier and having more time before dark to eat their fill.

Myson

Myson

Someone else waits patiently too.

steer in barn

I am still amazed it’s working to feed the goats with MJ down here too.  He’s so gentle.

MJ, Star behind him, Vixen and Casey fighting beside the steer

MJ, Star behind him, Vixen and Casey fighting beside the steer

It’s kind of neat to see all the different species getting along.

Djali llama, Cookie and MJ

Djali llama, Cookie and MJ

We’re all going to miss chores being done earlier when I go back to work next week, but we’ll enjoy it while we can!

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Who’s Expecting?

29 Dec

I really wish I could answer that question.  I put about twenty-four goats in with the bucks last fall to make spring break kids.  It’s  now that time when I’ll be putting the boys and girls together to have June babies.  I only want to put the ones that didn’t get bred before in with the bucks because that’s the easiest for me with doing chores.  I don’t know know who all is and isn’t bred though.

Clover

Clover

I know Clover isn’t bred.  I’ve seen her come back into heat.

Maggie

Maggie

I have no idea on Maggie.  She and Penny and Helen were the three I had no idea when they were due last summer, and I’m afraid I have no idea if any of the three are bred for spring break or if I should be putting them back in with the boys.

Star and Vixen

Star and Vixen

I still have Star and four other kids from last year to sell.  I’m not positive, but I think Vixen might be due over spring break.  At least I have a tentative date written down for her.

Sallie

Sallie

I haven’t seen Sallie in heat all fall, but she’s looking a bit full.  I think she might be expecting over spring break, but it’s just a guess.

Coffee

Coffee

I do know Coffee isn’t bred.  Marley, Myson and Bud have all quite regularly fallen in love with her.  I’m still milking her, but that will end when I put her in with Fionn to be bred for June.

Blaze

Blaze

I’m pretty confident Blaze is bred.  I’m guessing she might have triplets again this year.  I think her twin, Bonnie, will also have spring break kids.

Maisie

Maisie

I might just toss a coin for Maisie.  I have no clue if she’s bred for March or not.

Mary and Kizzy

Mary and Kizzy

I haven’t seen Mary in heat since she was with Fionn, so I think she’s expecting.  Thankfully, I’ve seen Kizzy come into heat quite regularly.  I really don’t want her getting bred through the fence again this year.  I think retirement is a much better plan for her.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the other girl I’m milking that I’m certain is not bred.  She’ll get put in with Fionn too.  I think my third milking doe, Haley, might be bred, so I quit milking her.  I won’t guarantee it though.

Guess I’ll be doing a lot of guessing!  We’ll find out how accurate I was come March!

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