The First Forty Minutes

28 Jan

I had checked my very pregnant girls at about 4:30 in the morning and everyone was just happily sleeping, so I went back to bed.  I finally got up at 8:15 am and got dressed.  My first order of business was checking my girls again.  In hindsight, I wish I’d had a cup of coffee first.



As I walked in the barnyard, I saw Penny and Maisie just hanging out.  Bonnie was relaxing in the barn.  Then I saw Dolly in the lean-to.  She was just getting ready to follow the llama girls out to pasture, but I saw goop on her back side.  It could have been just a mucus plug (my thought) or she might have been getting ready to kid.  I was not about to go check her every hour in the Back Forty to see if she’d had kids in the snow.


I hurried to get past her in the cattle lane and do a little jockeying back and forth until she gave up and went back into the barnyard.  Everyone else went out to pasture, and I had to act in a hurry though to keep her from escaping.  She was not about to let me catch her, so I resorted to my secret weapon–corn.


It didn’t take long to catch her, and I added her to the Love Shack where she immediately started eating the rich alfalfa hay.  She does not need that.  It can cause milk fever, so I quickly let Pistol and Clover out of the north paddock where they had been with Sam.  Then I let Wanda out of the greenhouse.



Then I bribed those three girls onto the other side of the barnyard with some corn and I blocked their way back.  I still needed to move Fionn, Maggie and Vinnie off the front pasture so I could put my other three girls that are due on Wednesday in the nice, warm buck pen.

I hurried back to the greenhouse with my corn because Xerxes is a lot like his mom was.  I can touch him if I’m giving him food (on a good day), but otherwise I’m not allowed to touch him.  Or look at him.  After I put a bit of food in the pan, I set my pitcher down and caught him. I drug him, flopping like a fish out of water, up north to put him in with Sam.

Sam and Xerxes

Sam and Xerxes

Then I got Dolly and put her in the greenhouse.



By this time, Maggie was back up from the front pasture and was at the gate, so I let her in.  I tried getting Vinnie to come in too, but she was being difficult.  By this time Fionn was back up again, so I just went to get some more corn to bribe him to follow me.   He figured out the big gate was open, so I ran across the barnyard and opened the gate where Sam and Xerxes were having a friendly head butting match and put food in three pans.  Fionn came in and I shut the gate. They should all be so easy.



I went back to where Vinnie was still running around like a fool.  I snuck around her, so she decided to quickly run away from me by coming into the barnyard.  Success!  I let the rest of the girls back into the barnyard and gave them a bit of hay since they didn’t go out to pasture.

Maggie, Clover, Pistol,

Maggie, Clover, Pistol, Vinnie (back) and Wanda

That only left catching my three soon-to-be moms and shutting them in the buck pen when they came up from pasture.

Maisie, Penny and Bonnie

Maisie, Penny and Bonnie

But first, my coffee.


5 Responses to “The First Forty Minutes”

  1. brokenteepee January 28, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

    Musical goats!

  2. Margaret January 28, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    I’m exhausted just reading about the moving of all the goats and I think maybe you should’ve had your coffee before all this activity.

  3. Jim January 29, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    Reminds me of the little pocket game of slide and fit the squares. Plus to care for gays the right way there will be running required. Nice episode, Teresa.

  4. Coloring Outside the Lines January 29, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    Wow, I call that a busy, busy morning! Hope all goes well with the kidding!

  5. Jeanne January 30, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    Good gravy! You really did some goat dancing!

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