It’s Been a While

10 Jul

It’s been a while since I played musical critters and moved everyone around.  Friday evening, I sorted off the March babies that are getting sold.

My nephew loaned me his truck and helped me load kids Saturday morning, and they left the farm.

When I got back, I started all my moving.  When Aurora came out for her feed, I let her in the north paddock.

Aurora

There was only one problem with that.  Harley is a greedy pig.

Harley eating Auror’s feed

While all the goats were out in pasture, I haltered Tony and walked him around.

Tony

We went out the little gate into the driveway.  Fionn was sad he didn’t get to join us.

Fionn

The greeting committee was there when we got to the big red gate into the barnyard.

Odie (back), Maybeline, and Tony

Everything was going well.

Then Buster showed up and decided he wanted to fight.  Seriously?  I whipped the halter off Tony and wrestled with Buster until he figured out I was not going to let him go fight.  Then I haltered him.  He got put in llama jail (with the bucks).

Fionn and Buster

When the goats came up from pasture, it was time for the next step.  I closed everyone off the front pasture.

Then I let the bucks and Buster out.  Fionn and Xerxes were thrilled to be out where there was more green stuff to eat.

Xerxes, Fionn, and Buster behind

Buster just wanted to go find Tony and fight.

Tony wasn’t too concerned.  He was just enjoying the green stuff.

I opened the gate to the Back Forty.  It took Cookie all of about thirty seconds to notice and take Jimmy P out there with her.

Cookie and Jimmy P

After nearly three weeks without anyone on it, the grass is growing back on Dead Tree Hill.  That’s a good thing.

Penny

Pretty much everyone but Tony made their way out to pasture.  Tony was just chillaxing and enjoying himself.

I had to wait for everyone to be out of the barnyard before I could bribe Aurora to join the bucks on the front pasture. Although, she was perfectly content up north.  I just need to make sure it doesn’t get overgrazed because phase II of the moving around is weaning three girls so I can milk their moms.

Finally, Buster and the boys were in places I could shut them out of the barnyard, and Tony was on the other side of the barnyard, so I could block that.  I opened the north gate and Aurora wandered right down to the front pasture.  Whew.  Aurora will stay on the front pasture with Buster and the bucks until I am convinced she’s 110% back to good health.

Tony finally made it out to pasture late in the evening.

Once I get those three kids weaned, I don’t plan on moving anyone until I get to let Aurora back in to make a cria or until I am ready to make next year’s spring break kids.  Whew!

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7 Responses to “It’s Been a While”

  1. janicead July 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    Your moving things around makes me think of that game where the squares fill the larger square except for one space. Move one square at a time to get the numbers in line. Guess you have the numbers in a row for a few more months.

    • Teresa July 10, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

      I remember that game!

  2. Billie Wallace July 10, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    Hi. More questions . How long will you need to supplement the goats diet with copper? Also, have you had crias in the past? Thank for your kind response recently.

    • Teresa July 10, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

      The goats will always need a copper supplement as long as my land does not provide it for them. By giving them the bolus, it will require that I commit to only feeding them from my farm because too much copper is toxic. This will be my third attempt at having crias. My girls are apparently rather prudish. Hopefully, this time will work. May I ask, do you live on a farm? have goats? livestock of any kind?

      • Billie Wallace July 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

        No, I live in a sub division outside of Atlanta. I have this weird interest in llamas, goats and sheep. I think they are all such beautiful animals. I have a lovely rough collie and 2 cats, spoiled rotten, all three. I respect your love and dedication to your animals. I am so happy they are recovering . Thanks you again for sharing your knowledge. Maybe Tony and Aurora will give you a sweet cria.

  3. Eileen Wise July 11, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Hello, they are all adorable critters. I hope Aurora was able to get her fair share of food. Hubby should get a goat to help cut our grass. Have a happy day!

  4. Jeanne July 11, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    That’s kind of like fruit basket upset! But how you’d rename it to make it fit llamas and goats, I don’t know! What a lot of work!!

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