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Some of My Animals

15 Jul

Haley with Orpheus and Callipoe

Sky

Haley with Pluto, Orpheus, Anubis, Pandora, Freya, Jimmy P, and Osiris

Tony

the young peacock

Casey

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It’s Been a While

10 Jul

It’s been a while since I played musical critters and moved everyone around.  Friday evening, I sorted off the March babies that are getting sold.

My nephew loaned me his truck and helped me load kids Saturday morning, and they left the farm.

When I got back, I started all my moving.  When Aurora came out for her feed, I let her in the north paddock.

Aurora

There was only one problem with that.  Harley is a greedy pig.

Harley eating Auror’s feed

While all the goats were out in pasture, I haltered Tony and walked him around.

Tony

We went out the little gate into the driveway.  Fionn was sad he didn’t get to join us.

Fionn

The greeting committee was there when we got to the big red gate into the barnyard.

Odie (back), Maybeline, and Tony

Everything was going well.

Then Buster showed up and decided he wanted to fight.  Seriously?  I whipped the halter off Tony and wrestled with Buster until he figured out I was not going to let him go fight.  Then I haltered him.  He got put in llama jail (with the bucks).

Fionn and Buster

When the goats came up from pasture, it was time for the next step.  I closed everyone off the front pasture.

Then I let the bucks and Buster out.  Fionn and Xerxes were thrilled to be out where there was more green stuff to eat.

Xerxes, Fionn, and Buster behind

Buster just wanted to go find Tony and fight.

Tony wasn’t too concerned.  He was just enjoying the green stuff.

I opened the gate to the Back Forty.  It took Cookie all of about thirty seconds to notice and take Jimmy P out there with her.

Cookie and Jimmy P

After nearly three weeks without anyone on it, the grass is growing back on Dead Tree Hill.  That’s a good thing.

Penny

Pretty much everyone but Tony made their way out to pasture.  Tony was just chillaxing and enjoying himself.

I had to wait for everyone to be out of the barnyard before I could bribe Aurora to join the bucks on the front pasture. Although, she was perfectly content up north.  I just need to make sure it doesn’t get overgrazed because phase II of the moving around is weaning three girls so I can milk their moms.

Finally, Buster and the boys were in places I could shut them out of the barnyard, and Tony was on the other side of the barnyard, so I could block that.  I opened the north gate and Aurora wandered right down to the front pasture.  Whew.  Aurora will stay on the front pasture with Buster and the bucks until I am convinced she’s 110% back to good health.

Tony finally made it out to pasture late in the evening.

Once I get those three kids weaned, I don’t plan on moving anyone until I get to let Aurora back in to make a cria or until I am ready to make next year’s spring break kids.  Whew!

Other Critters

22 May

It’s not just my animals here on the farm.  I get to see lots of birds.

Baltimore oriole

There’s quite a few squirrels out in pasture.

Occasionally we have some other critters show up.  Or Bob might bring them up.

Bob Cat

Yep.  He caught a baby bunny.  Luckily, he’s not a starving cat because he didn’t notice when I took his bunny from him.  He was just waiting and resting until it tried to escape and he could play with it some more.

I really don’t see very many bunnies here with the cats and dog ready to chase them.

I took it to the Back Forty and let it go.

Should have changed camera setting first, but I was more worried about Bob than pictures.

This morning, I think I rescued the same baby bunny from Bob again.  I did warn it that it might not be lucky enough for me to be around to save it a third time.

Hopefully, it has learned its lesson.  Then this happened.

When the vet was here helping me push pills down the goats, kittens wandered out from under the workbench.  Seriously?  I only have fixed cats.  In the twenty springs I’ve spent on the farm, this is the first time I’ve had kittens born here.

Margarita tried butting one into the ground.  Seriously?

They were thin and horribly dehydrated.

They are back to healthy and have already left the farm.