Archive | January, 2018

Consequences of Bragging

31 Jan

Yesterday I told you how good I was feeling about getting Aurora moved and it was easy peasy.  Well, I should know better than to brag.  I had just finished taking my picture of Fionn stranded in the buck pen on Saturday afternoon and was coming back into the big barnyard

“I’m always a good boy.” Fionn

when I saw all of the goats rushing into the birds’ pen.  I might have forgotten to tie it shut after letting the birds out.  Seriously.  They could just not be so dang naughty (Moose!).

I pushed my way through the crowd and yelled and jumped up and down and screamed myself hoarse, and they really didn’t care.  I did finally manage to get everyone out (after they emptied the two little pans of feed.

Pigs.

At least none of the birds escaped this time.

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While I Was Moving Critters

30 Jan

I’ve been thinking ahead to where I want to put everyone for spring break babies.  I also was getting concerned about Aurora being with just a goat (or seven) in the garage for so long.  Like Stormy, she didn’t seem really happy.  I decided to move her back to the greenhouse.

Aurora

First, I caught Twyla and Toffee and kicked them out of the garage.  They were quite happy to go find their mom, Harley.

front to back: Toffee, Twyla, and Harley

Aurora wasn’t too bad for me to catch.  That’s why she is still wearing a halter.  As long as I have to possibly keep catching her, I’m leaving it on.  After I got the lead attached, I just hit the garage door opener and we walked right out the front of the garage.

She was really good going around and into the greenhouse.

Yes, Aurora.  The other llamas are out in pasture.

Maybeline, Odie, and Buster

When they came up, they really didn’t pay much attention to her.

“I don’t care if Aurora is back out here. Do you plan on feeding me?” demanded Odie.

At least she can see them and watch a whole lot of goats.

Dolly and Coral in front of Aurora (Pistol and Myson to the left)

And she was eating the entire time!

With her by herself, I can tell how much she is eating as opposed to the goats spilling it.

I’ll keep a close eye on her as we go back to colder temperatures, but hopefully, she can stay out here now.  Finally, I did something that didn’t seem to be a whole lot more difficult than it needed to be!

Unmixing the Goats

29 Jan

You might have guessed from my three little girls’ letter that I removed the girls from their pens with the bucks.  It had been right at three weeks, so they should have all had a chance to come into heat.  If not, I’m not kidding into July, so they’ll get the year off or retire.  I really do wish the goats could make things easier when we try to do things like this.  The three little girls really did make it difficult to get them out of the pen with Xerxes, but I did finally entice them to come out.

Dolly with girls Sidney and LilyAnn

Haley and Harley were easy to get out of the buck pen with Fionn.  Victoria and Reva were not too bad.

Harley

Cookie was a pain.  She ended up hanging out with Fionn by herself for a while.

Cookie

I caught Sam and trimmed his hooves before I put him back up with Xerxes.  I just left the Love Shack gate open, and that means Vinnie was back with the rest of the girls.

Sam

Then I finally got Cookie to come out.

Finally, that meant all the girls were back in the main barnyard where I wanted them!

Unfortunately, it was late enough in the day by the time I got all of this done that the goats didn’t go back out to pasture.  That means I had to leave Fionn all by himself for the night.

Fionn

I wasn’t about to try to walk him through the whole herd after the fat boy wethers tried playing with Sam while I was walking him.

Myson and Casey (aka brothers from another mother)

Because those boys were really wound up with all the changes going on.