Breakout!

24 Jan

When I came home from work on Tuesday after getting feed, the first thing I noticed was Maisie standing in the greenhouse pen.

Maisie

That was not good.  That meant that everyone who was supposed to be in the greenhouse was out.

Popcorn

It took me a minute to find Freddie, and I had to quickly decide what to do with him because the frigid air was moving in, and it was not when I wanted to move anyone. And I have no idea who Freddie was fighting with through the fence (and breaking it open), but they were hitting heads hard enough that Freddie cracked his horn.

See that long vertical split in the horn?

I finally decided the safest thing would be to let Benji’s girls out.  Then I could put Freddie up with Benji.

Chiffon back with the main herd

But testosterone has not been good for Freddie.  He was not nice to Benji, and by the time I came home in the frigid temperatures on Wednesday, it was obvious I had to separate the two boys.

Freddie up north

Once again, I didn’t want to move anyone, but I decided the safest thing would be to leave Freddie up north by himself and put Benji in the Love Shack.

Antigone and Benji

This worked out quite nicely.  It took just a little bit for Benji to calm down and decide he could just be buds with Frodo and Lemuel.

Frodo, Lemuel and Benji

Flower and Antigone were not in heat so he didn’t care about them.  It actually worked quite well.  The extra body provided more heat.  I peeked in once to see Flower, Frodo, Lemuel and Benji all in a mosh pile to stay warm.

Antigone and Frodo in the Love Shack

Don’t get me wrong, I had to put a panel across the Love Shack door to keep Antigone from staying out in the -20°F windchills, but she didn’t get stuck anywhere and nobody was getting beaten on.

6 Responses to “Breakout!”

  1. Jeanne January 24, 2022 at 4:15 pm #

    Oh, boy! They do give you hard time! How long do you plan to wait before selling Freddie? There’s always something you have to do! Antigone is a character, isn’t she?!!

    • Jeanne January 24, 2022 at 4:18 pm #

      I just got to wondering – What happens when a horn gets cracked like that? Is it possible for infection to set in?

      • Teresa January 24, 2022 at 5:28 pm #

        It is possible. I will watch it closely. My guess is that it will kill the horn off and it will just dry up.

    • Teresa January 24, 2022 at 5:27 pm #

      I’m not going to do it while we’re so cold. It will probably be spring or summer. Once they come out of rut, I’m hoping he’ll be better.

  2. Eileen Wise January 25, 2022 at 5:17 am #

    They are all cute, if only they all got along. Take care, enjoy your day!

  3. janicead January 25, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

    There is always something going on with you guys and dolls!

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