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Moving Critters

3 Apr

Now that the kids are here and spring is here, I need to move some animals around.  I have to say, I’ve been thinking way too hard about how to get everyone where they need to be and keeping certain animals away from others.  You see, I can’t have MJ with my bovine babes.  He’d try jumping them again when they came into heat, and that’s what almost killed him last summer.  After much debate, I’ve decided to put him in the north part of my barnyard.  That panel in the barn (behind the tarp) will get moved, and I’ll open that door, so he can still have access to a part of the barn.

geriatric steer

Then he’ll also have outdoor space where Kizzy and her daughters and grandkids are at right now.

goats and cows

It’s shady and big enough for him.  I don’t think he walks well enough that he can ever feed himself, so I’ll still be able to provide him with hay and grain up there and not have to worry about anyone else trying to steal it.

Right now, the new moms and their kids are in shut in the barnyard closest to the house, and I’m feeding them hay.  I can’t feed them enough hay, so we need them to be able to go out to pasture.  Right behind them in the other half of the barnyard are the rest of the goats.

doe goat nursing kids

They have access to the front pasture right now, but I want them all out in the back forty.  It gives them a lot more room.  Plus, I can let my two big bucks have the front pasture.

pasture

The bovine girls are currently in my field where corn will soon be planted.

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They need moved into the back forty.  They’ll also have access to the barnyard.

cows on field

All this moving around is on my agenda for the weekend.  We’ll see how cooperative everyone is.

Sharing with Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.