My Circus; My Monkeys

12 Oct

I tell ya… Things are not going well.  After the times I’ve already had to get everyone put back where they belong, I got up this morning to find Fionn in the barnyard happily munching grass by the greenhouse.  He and Xerxes had smashed (and destroyed) the panel I used to replace the previous one they had smashed.  I once again got him back where he’s supposed to be.

Fionn

If I hadn’t been sick, I’d have never put the two big dominant boys in the main barnyard and the Love Shack.  I was just trying to get at least a few of the girls bred for spring break kids because they always do so much better than the June babies.  I never did get all of the girls moved. It really is bad planning to have those two boys so close together with a wimpy fence.

Fionn; Xerxes and Victoria by the barn door.

Fionn is actually surrounded by Xerxes and his girls.  He says that is not fair.

Fionn; Xerxes, Astra, and Victoria (Reva to the right)

He especially thinks it’s not fair since I did not put any girls back in there with him this morning, but I’d already drug Wanda into the Love Shack four times when I wasn’t feeling well, and I decided that was enough.  There was no need to put Ava back because she was bred last night. Fionn recovered from the escapades of the day and managed to find energy to do his job.

Wanda

Anyhow, at least three of my milking girls have been bred.  I know Ava, Astra and Cutie have all been in heat.  I will be able to milk again next summer.

Cutie

Just when I thought I finally had things under control because Fionn was napping happily in his pen and Xerxes was very focused on Reva,

Xerxes

Anubis wandered by.

Anubis

I had already had to catch him and Caroline and put them back once.  But wait, I forgot.  When I first put them in the greenhouse together, Caroline tried walking out through the gate.  She put her head through the panel that had not yet been tied shut, so she couldn’t get her head out.  After beating Anubis off so I could work with Caroline, I got her head out and told her not to do that again.  Then she put it through a different little piece of panel that she managed to completely pull loose.  I think she got her head out when she got the panel wedged into a different corner, so she could actually maneuver out of it.  I caught the two of them and put them back.

Hera (she was added the next day), Caroline, and Anubis

Anyhow, she’d pulled it loose again and was standing there with the chunk of panel on her head while it was still attached in one little place to the rest of the fence, and Anubis could just walk through the hole.  I put him back before he got chased by Xerxes.  Then I went to get Caroline’s head out.  This time, I couldn’t do it because the panel was swinging wildly around her neck, and she was not cooperating.  I ran to get the bolt cutters, and by the time I got back out there, Anubis had slipped through the hole again.  I got Caroline cut out, replaced the panel and put Anubis back again.

Luckily, Hera just stood there watching it all like it was good TV.  I’m very grateful for that because I’d never catch her again if she got out, and she and Anubis are supposed to be helping me make the perfect kid.

Hera: Who knew she’d ever be the good one?

Then there’s Zeus and his girls.

Zeus

They are where they belong.  They are being good.  I don’t know how I got so lucky for Cupid to just happen to be in the barn when I shut it the first night to sort girls, but she was!  I caught her, and she’s been bred.

Cupid

It’s awesome. But who’s that?  Oh, Antigone, didn’t want to be with Xerxes and his girls, so she put herself in with Zeus.  But by this time, I don’t care.  Stay where you want Antigone.

Antigone (But there’s good grass here. I didn’t want to stay in the barnyard.)

And the last little monkey (so far) is Button.  She says that I can’t wean her.  Only her maa can do that, and she’s not about to wean her.

Button in front of Aphrodite

Touché Button.  For now.  Stay with your maa.  It’s a circus around here!

10 Responses to “My Circus; My Monkeys”

  1. janicead at 5:03 pm #

    I get tired just reading all you have to do!

  2. Claire Moxon-Waltz at 5:37 pm #

    OMG, this is exhausting! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. That really isn’t easy to handle when you’re also having to move goats around. Hoping you are really feeling much better soon.

    • Teresa at 5:45 pm #

      Well, they are goats. This just makes me grateful and surprised when they actually cooperate.

  3. Jeanne at 4:39 pm #

    I can’t help but wonder if you should just call them circus clowns, and get it over with?!
    They can be such rascals. You can’t help but love them, though!

  4. anotherday2paradise at 8:02 pm #

    It amazes me that you remember all their names. Do they answer to them if you call them?

    • Teresa at 8:14 pm #

      Most of them answer to their names. A couple know their names and choose to ignore me. I’m not sure all the kids who are going to get sold know their names. They likely do but don’t have a good reason to answer me. Goats are really smart.

      • anotherday2paradise at 8:39 pm #

        That’s amazing.

      • Teresa at 9:01 pm #

        Some of them are really good at understanding human speak. As babies, Pistol and Vinnie would come out of the barn crying, and I’d tell them where their mom was, and they’d go running off to her. They got it from their grandmaa, Mabel. I had to give her a shot once and told her if it made her feel better, she could bite me. She chomped down on my knee, and I yelled, “I wasn’t serious.” She looked so sheepish. Poor girl.

      • anotherday2paradise at 9:08 pm #

        That’s funny and I love the fact that a goat can look sheepish 🤣

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