Unmixing Goats

20 Oct

Sunday evening, I started the processing of separating the bucks and does.  When I came out to milk, Xerxes was in the barnyard with about half of his girls.  I walked up and let him sniff my fingers, which was enough to send him in a panic out to pasture.  Then I called to the rest of his girls.  Everyone came in except Antigone, so I left her with him until I could get everyone else sorted out.

Xerxes checking out Caroline on the picnic table

The next afternoon, I decided to get everyone else sorted off.  I managed to get Antigone to come through the gate into the main barnyard, and I managed to get all of Freddie’s girls to come out while I was feeding everyone.  I don’t know why it worked, but it did.

Freddie

I swear to you the hardest part was to get everyone to go back out to pasture.  They always do, but I had about seven girls moving every food pan searching for every piece of corn that was spilled.  Honestly.

Cupid and Tansy searching for corn (this was later as you can see by how dark it was)

I finally chased them out to pasture and put the panel back across the barn door.  Then I just opened Freddie’s gate and called to him to follow me.  And he did.

Freddie racing by Frodo and Rosie (his kids) and Lemuel.

Yay!  Freddie and Xerxes and all of their girls were where they belonged.  I decided I was just going to have the two bucks on the front pasture because they are still in rut and after having girls for a few days, I didn’t want them to get mean with Benji.  He’s really still just a kid.

Xerxes

That still left me Benji and his girls.

Trace, 2TC, and Venus in the buck room pen

I lured them into the buck room with some sweet feed and shut the door.

Benji Trace, Chiffon, 2TC, and Venus

It was actually surprisingly easy for me to catch Benji, and when I led him through the garage, the girls followed. It ended up being much easier to move him up north than I thought it was going to be.

Benji exploring his new area.

My final move was the three kids in the Love Shack.  I caught Lemuel and Frodo and put them up north with Benji.  That should be a safe combination.

Lemuel and Frodo

Then I let Rosie out with the rest of the herd.

Rosie (Her mom behind her won’t let her nurse; poor girl.)

All the herd is where they belong again!

Venus in pasture

Flora and Popcorn back together; challenging 2TC to fight

Cutie, Hilda, Bambi, and Myson

Antigone

I am going to try to get Gidget in the Love Shack to give her some extra care, but I’m hoping to be done moving goats around until it’s time to make June babies.

2 Responses to “Unmixing Goats”

  1. Jeanne October 20, 2021 at 5:51 pm #

    That was a lot of moving around of goats! How long did it take? I’m sure you’re glad it’s done. I had to chuckle at Xerxes panicking at the sniff of your fingers!

    • Teresa October 20, 2021 at 7:27 pm #

      The longest thing was waiting for everyone else to go out to pasture so I could do my moving around. LOL Xerxes is a big chicken. Seriously.

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