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Trying to Decide

14 Jan

I still have a few girls I’m trying to decide whether or not they are bred for spring break.

LilyAnn (with Haley looking on)

If I can catch them, I might throw them in the greenhouse with Zeus and Anubis just to make sure.

Athena

I’m also going to try to put Wanda in there.  She’s still not as heavy as I’d like, and her fur is just starting to grow back from where she scraped it off.

Wanda

I’m also looking at a couple of other girls who might just be going to have oopsie babies before spring break.  Hopefully, it won’t be until after we’re done breeding for June babies because Zeus and Anubis are going to get sold right away after we’re done.  I just need the space.

Blaze

I am really going to be glad when this kidding year is done.

Where to Make June Babies?

12 Jan

With old ladies in need of care, I had to rethink where I was going to put everyone for making June babies.  I’ve already decided it’s been a crazy enough breeding year that I’m not even going to mess with any of last March’s girls.  They’ll get to grow another year before they are put in with a buck.

Moira and Venus

Remember, Zeus has to be in the Greenhouse because he won’t stay anywhere else.

Zeus

I had planned on using Anubis to help make the perfect kid, but Zeus already bred everyone I was going to put with him, so I’ve decided on a different path to the perfect kid.  I don’t really even need to use him now.

Anubis

I decided to put the two of them in the greenhouse with the two remaining girls that I need to be with Zeus, Caroline and Aphrodite.  I’m not keeping kids from them, so it doesn’t matter which one breeds them.

Zeus and Aphrodite

That just leaves Xerxes and Fionn.  Xerxes is the biggest chicken on the farm, and he panics at everything, so he is staying in the buck room.

Xerxes

I was going to put Fionn in the Love Shack, but I have old ladies there.  I decided to move my old ladies from the north pen.  All I had to do was open the gate while I was feeding everyone in the barnyard.  Penny and Bonnie should be okay to join the rest of the herd with just a bit of head butting.  But seriously, they have to butt heads.

Annie, Penny, and Bonnie (back)

I worry about Harley with her back injury, so I decided to put her with Maggie and Cookie in the Love Shack.  We’ll see how that goes.  Again, it just took a bit of food to bribe Harley (and Cookie) into following me.  Chiffon and Marge got carried over to the pen when they were done eating sweet feed in the milk room.

Chiffon, Marge, Cookie, and Harley

Fionn and Joani are up north.  Joani was actually pretty easy. It was that bribing her with corn that worked like a charm.  Ironically, Fionn is the easiest one to move.  I just put a collar on him and led him around.  The only time he didn’t want to come was when he saw the other goats still licking the food pans, but I promised him food when he went in with Joani, and he was happy. He’s such a good boy!

Fionn and Joani

Of all the girls left to be bred, Hilda is the only one I really cared about which buck she was with because I have to have her for making the perfect kid.  She’s my only Minnie descendent on the farm now.  She’s also a crazy brat.

Hilda

I had to bribe her with a peanut to get close enough to grab a horn.  Then we wrestled for a few minutes before I got my collar on her as a safety precaution (I’ve lost her before leading her by the horn, and then there’s no bribing her after that).  She fought, drug her feet, stepped on my feet and was a general brat the whole time I was dragging her across the barnyard.

Hera reenacting the peanut bribe because Hilda would not do it.

Finally, I got her in the buck room, and she and Xerxes are together.  Does she look happy about it?

Let me out!

When it’s time for Antigone to come into heat, I’ll put her in there for a day or two and then let her back in with her maa.

Pistol and Antigone

I swear, this year’s breeding has just been chaos.

I’ve Lost All Control

11 Jan

This weekend, my plan was to move goats around to make my June babies.  You know, the very few goats who haven’t already managed to get themselves bred with oopsie babies.  Unfortunately, I am running out of space.  And to make things more fun, we went from 50°F (10°C) on Wednesday to cold, wind and snow by Friday afternoon.  I had to deal with my old ladies that need extra care before I could even think of making June babies.  Today, when I planned on doing all of my moving around is blustery and 20°F (-11.11°C).  That’s way too fast of a change in temperature.

I wanted to move Maisie and Uno out of the garage and put the old ladies in there.

Maisie and Uno

Don’t get me wrong, they are happy in there and Uno is doing well bouncing around, but Maisie is a big, mean bully goat who would not share well with my old ladies.  I was going to put them in the Love Shack where I have a heat lamp, but I’m afraid it’s just too cold to make the move right now, even with a coat.

Uno bouncing on Tony with Maisie watching

One of my old ladies, Maggie, was already in the Love Shack with her daughter, Margarita, for company.  Also, Margarita is a wimp, and I don’t want her not to get enough to eat since she is carrying Xerxes’s oopsie babies.  I decided I could try putting my other old ladies in there with her because it is pretty warm with the wind blocked, the heat lamp and more body heat.

Maggie (back) and Margarita in the Love Shack

Maggie was a brat.  She kept chasing Pistol, Antigone and Cookie out of the Love Shack and into the wind and sleet last night.  It’s really not fair because the Love Shack is where Pistol and Antigone were taking shelter before I shut Maggie in there because she got sick.

“I have claimed the Love Shack for mine. Nobody else!”

Even Margarita was being mean to Antigone.

Margarita

I kicked the three girls back out and tried to figure out a new plan.  In the morning, when I gave everyone some hay for breakfast, I bribed Pistol and Antigone into the milk room and then drug them into the garage.  For now, it’s okay. I gave them water and hay on the far side from mean Maisie’s pen, and they can run around the truck to get away from her.

Pistol and Antigone

It doesn’t help when Uno wants to introduce himself.

Antigone and Uno

I guess this will work for now.  I’m going to try to put Cookie back in with Maggie and see if they can work it out in the Love Shack.

Cookie

They’re half sisters for crying out loud. They used to get along.