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We’re Ready

6 Jun

Friday evening, I decided I had to catch Joani and get her shut in.  I still have to work the first part of this week, and I need her shut someplace where my mom can check her.  She is not easy to catch when I need to do something to her (hooves or kids).

Joani

I do remember one year when I needed to get her in to help her kid and I had to chase her all over the barnyard and did ring-around-the picnic table before I could finally get her.  This time, despite having horrible hooves because I can’t catch the brat, I still had to chase her around the barnyard.  Finally, I got her trapped on the west side of the barn.  We did quite a few laps in there before she finally gave up.  Seriously. I’d have never caught her.  Something about being five months pregnant with sore feet wore her down though.  This time, I had another problem with trying to catch her…Cinnamon.

Cinnamon

She was having a fit of jealousy, and I couldn’t move without Cinnamon cutting me off and getting between me and Joani.  Finally, I did catch Joani and drug her across the barnyard to the greenhouse, where I trimmed her hooves before letting her go.  Of course, I did have to pause and threaten Cinnamon while I was trimming because she was trying to fight through the fence. I completed trimming the hooves, fastened the gate, and she could finally pick a fight without it being a problem.

Now Joani gets to lounge in the greenhouse and be fed mulberry scrub brush and be treated like a queen.  And she lets me just walk up and start petting her now that she’s shut in.

She’d still prefer to be out in pasture, but that’s not happening until she has kids.

I did add Litha to my little group in the north paddock.  She’ll be thirteen in a couple of weeks, and the heat combined with her arthritis was not fun to try and keep up with the herd in the Back Forty.

Litha

I did have to scold her and Haley and tell them not to fight because why not?  One is thirteen and one has only three functioning legs, so why not fight.  It only took a couple of minutes for them to settle down and decide it was too much work to fight.

Haley

Everyone else figured out not to bother fighting.  Just eat and get ready for babies.

Tansy

And I do think I got this all arranged with none too much time before we start kidding.  I don’t have a due date for Onyx, but I don’t think she can go much longer.

Onyx

And Zinnia this morning is standing in the shelter I made away from everyone.

Zinnia

Look at how she’s dropped.  Her udder is tight.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she had them before I go back to work in the morning.

Let the kidding begin!