Weaning Isn’t Easy

20 Aug

Everyone on the farm has to be weaned eventually.  It’s never easy.  Sometimes, it’s more difficult.  I decided I had to get Zeus weaned before I went back to work, so I could be home all day just to make sure everything was okay.  Saturday morning after milking, I just quickly threw him in with the bucks, Aurora, and Buster.  Easy peasy.

Zeus

Well, after my quick trip to get the rest of Annie’s antibiotics (she’s doing well), I got home and immediately checked on Zeus.  I found him happily curled up with his maa, Gidget, and sister, Hera.  That’s not how it’s supposed to work.

Zeus with Hera and Gidget

I tried again and did a quick check of where I thought he might get out.  He also was checking the fence.

This time, I was happy with the results, and he cried all evening.

He followed along the fence to try and stay close to the herd.

It doesn’t matter that I keep telling him he’s a big boy.  He still think he needs his maa.  Although, he does look pretty little next to Fionn.

Luckily, Fionn and Xerxes are pretty nice guys (because he is still really a baby at heart).

Buster, Zeus, Aurora (Fionn behind her), and Xerxes

And everyone welcomed him into the buck room to sleep.  I think we’re past the worst of weaning.

5 Responses to “Weaning Isn’t Easy”

  1. janicead August 20, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    Some humans are just harder to wean than others. My son pretty much weaned himself before his first birthday. Had a neighbor whose 3 year old would still nurse.

  2. Margaret Birding For Pleasure August 20, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

    Growing up can be difficut even for animals

  3. Eileen Wise August 21, 2018 at 8:26 am #

    Awww, sweet Zeus! I hope all goes well. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

  4. Jeanne August 22, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    I hope Zeus is doing well. That sounds really positive, at the end of your narrative.

    • Teresa August 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

      He is doing better.

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