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Weekend Work and Wondering

15 Apr

This weekend has been busy.  I’m trying to get caught up with things out in the barnyard.  That means I’ve been working on cleaning out my bigger pen in the chicken coop so that I can move Mama Phoenix over there.

Mama Phoenix

The pen in there is about twice the size of her little rabbit hutch.

She can’t be out with all the other birds (they are nasty and would probably kill her), but she can see them and get reacquainted.  We’ll see how it goes after that.

I’m trying to work my way through trimming hooves on all the goats.

I’ve actually done Caroline and Clover for the second time.

doe goat

Caroline

I was a bit worried about doing Harley with her bad back end, but we did it!

Harley

I also poured all the kids and big goats on that side of the barnyard for lice.  I didn’t see them on all the goats, but it was enough.  I’m guessing it’s because they are still low on copper.  Parasitism is one of the symptoms of low copper.

Cinnamon

I checked the goats on the other side, and they were fine.

Betty Lou (She is now my oldest goat.)

I am also trying to figure out what to do with Tony and Pluto.  Pluto was supposed to be healed from being banded by now, but he just had his balls cut off and rebanded, so I don’t want anyone picking on him.  And they’re goats.  That is not likely to happen.

Pluto

Tony is eating and has gained enough weight that I think I could probably let him out, but once I do, I’m not sure I can get him alone to eat.  I’m sure he won’t be able to get his three quarts of llama feed each day.

Tony

Then I still have Aurora on this side.  I might be okay with letting them be together and hopefully make a cria.  I guess.  But I still just worry about her.

Aurora

I also want to get her back with Buster.  They miss being together.

Aurora and Buster

I just don’t know how to get her over there without mixing goats, and I am still feeding my moms a lot of extra food.

Blaze with Bandit and Trooper

So many decisions…

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Too Many Bucks

18 Mar

I currently have five bucks on the farm.

front to back: Zeus, Xerxes, and Fionn

Dolly’s boys have names! Pluto and Anubis

Oops.  I have four bucks on the farm.  Pluto visited the vet and he is now officially the latest wether to be here for the rest of his life.  How could I not do that?  Look at that sweet face.  Okay, he had just been banded and wasn’t feeling the best for this picture, but he is just the sweetest boy!

Pluto

Anubis hopefully bred Hera and I’ll have that baby to help me make the perfect kid.  Once I see what she gives me, I’ll sell Anubis.

Anubis

I kept Zeus to breed a few girls that were too closely related to breed to Xerxes or Fionn.  I might breed with him for another year, or I might try to replace him with a completely unrelated buck this summer.  We’ll just see how things go.

Zeus

I did notice Fionn was starting to walk pretty rough when I moved them back up north.  He’s getting old for a buck.  He’s now eight years old.  He will stay here for the rest of his life, but he’s definitely showing his age.  I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be able to do his job.

Fionn

Xerxes will probably be taking over the position of my main breeding buck soon.

Xerxes

He’s certainly a handsome fellow.

Done Breeding

4 Feb

I had my bucks and does together a bit longer than I planned, but everyone is back where they belong now.

Xerxes, Fionn and Zeus

Because of our February thaw, it wasn’t too hard to get my gate open to let Fionn back on the front pasture/buck room.

Fionn (with Zeus behind)

I just had to do a little scooping of the snow along the fence.  Then I managed to get it picked up from the already thawing ground.  Cookie left the front pasture and came through the gate too, but I had to chase and catch Zinnia a couple of times and then drag her through the garage to get her back with the main herd.

Aurora

Zeus is a bit unsure of being back with the big boys.  He actually liked being the king of the greenhouse.  Xerxes says he’d never hurt some little buck.  He’s a nice guy.

Xerxes

The girls Zeus had with him were happy to be back with the rest of the herd.

LilyAnn

I got all of my old ladies back up north.  Thankfully, they were fairly cooperative (except Cupid).  Harley even walked and didn’t make me drag her!  They did also appreciate all the paths I shoveled through the snow drifts.  At least it’s back down to bare ground when it freezes (tonight).

Harley, Cupid, and Lily

With moving the old ladies, that means Tony is back to being by himself in the garage.

Tony

Well, he still had the hen’s company for a day, but she was doing much better.  She was walking well, and I gave her a toenail trim, so she got to go back to the rest of the flock.

Ms. Phoenix

The last goats I have to split up are Hera and the two little boys.  I kind of hurt both of my knees (in a completely graceless move while taking Zeus back to the buck pen), so they get to stay together for a couple more days.

Anubis, Hera, and Pluto

When I do split them up, I think I’ll put the little bucks with Tony for company.