Archive | April, 2022

Gone

30 Apr

I came home on Thursday and noticed Antigone and her little girl snuggling together.  I asked her where Spuds was, but wasn’t too worried. He’s often off with other goats.

Antigone and Spunky

But when the herd was heading back out to pasture and I saw Spunky nursing without her brother, I worried.

Spunky

Actually, I didn’t worry.  I already knew.  But I went everywhere and searched every nook and cranny where he might have gotten stuck, but he was just gone. Coyotes.

This is a direct result of the neighbors tilling and planting corn-on-corn and tearing out waterways allowing all that debris to wash out my fence preventing me from keeping my goats off the back part of the pasture where coyotes can lurk in the woods and just grab a kid.

Spuds

I now have everyone on the front pasture.

The four boys are in the small pen off the buck room.

Benji, Frodo, Freddie, and Xerxes

My hope is to spend Sunday getting the fence fixed so they can go back out on the front half of pasture.

Bird Watching

29 Apr

I have a big, sweet Tiger.  I don’t know how he always looks so comfortable.

Tiger

Anyhow, Tiger enjoys watching the birds out the windows.

And I enjoy trying to photograph the birds.

red-winged blackbird

Eurasian collared dove

sparrow

cardinal in the crabapple tree

He doesn’t get to see the birds in the chicken pen, but I can’t help but share my beautiful birds.

peacock

goose settled in for the night

And I keep seeing more meadowlarks in pasture. That makes me happy!

Here’s a robin in pasture as a bonus.

Have a happy week.

No Goats in the Garage

28 Apr

I had been trying to share the front pasture between the bucks and the two girls.  It sorta worked, but I had to get the girls back in the garage so the boys could have shelter every time there was rain.

Venus and Cody

Finally, after the storms on Saturday, the forecast called for five dry days.  They were still a bit cooler than our average, but they weren’t freezing.  That means Sunday morning, it was time to get the goats out of the garage.

Venus and Aphrodite

I just grabbed Sappho and a pitcher of sweet feed and the two moms followed.  Then I had to go back and get Cody, but it was pretty easy moving them.

Venus and Cody

Aphrodite and Sappho

They will enjoy it.  In a week or so, I’ll be able to move them with the rest of the herd.

Aphrodite and Sappho

I still have the old ladies up there because I failed at trying to get Haley and Flower back with the main herd.  I’ll try it again when I put Aphrodite and Venus with them.

Venus, Aphrodite, Flower and Haley enjoying sweet feed

Sadly, Coral is not improving.

Coral (she really isn’t even eating the sweet feed anymore)

I keep babying them.  We’ll see how long I can keep it up and give them any quality of life.