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Disorganized Chaos

16 May

I was taking a few pictures the other evening when the goats noticed I was in the barnyard.  That means they came on the run to get fed.

I usually don’t show you what chores are like because it’s a bit chaotic.

They swarm around me and the food pans.

Reva, Maggie, and Astra

They push each other.

Clover and Gidget

There’s lots of spilling.

They step in the pans and dump them.  Way too much spilling.

Antigone

I occasionally have goats trying to get to the food pan quicker by going between my legs (thankfully no picture of that).

Stormy

It’s absolute chaos.

There might be some swearing (especially when the fighting, swarming, and pushing gets kids stuck in the midst of it).

Squanto and Trooper

Although, they are doing a good job of getting in there to eat, or staying out of the way.

Hilda and a whole lot of kids

Siblings eat together. It’s safer that way.

Casey and Cookie

Mothers and daughters sometimes eat together.

Annie and Caroline

Sometimes they are the ones fighting.

Victoria and Vinnie

Occasionally, someone left with a bit of corn in their fur for some backsnacking later.

Maggie

It all works out eventually.

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Everyday Things

11 Mar

While we’re waiting, along with checking goats numerous times around the clock, I still have all my everyday things to do.  Part of that is wondering if I should try to move more goats into the garage with rain in the forecast for Tuesday through Thursday.

Cutie

The warmer weather means my back door in the chicken room is thawed, and I could put Athena and Hera over there with everyone else if I need to.

Gidget and Hera

I’m a bit worried about the back cattle lean-to though because all the rain and melting snow runs through it.  It is likely to become a muddy mess.  They do have a fair amount of space that will stay clean, but I might have to figure out something else.  I’m just not sure what.

Myson, Casey, LilyAnn and in back Maybeline, Buster, Vinnie, and Stormy

Then there’s the maintenance of my panels that I have separating everyone.  This one was completely undone.

I have to keep my panels in place or I’d have everyone mixed together.  I don’t want that.  It’s a lot harder to check and keep my pregnant girls where I want them to kid when they are all mixed together.  Besides, some big wether keeps thinking he wants his mommy, but his mom needs to focus on the new babies coming.

Moose

I also got new salt/mineral blocks put out.  They melt so quickly in this wet, snowy weather.

Stormy (and a LilyAnn butt)

I am still feeding full hay.  Over the weekend, I ran out of hay on the bottom. I had to start throwing it from above.  At least, I’m not worried about running out.

Astra

There’s still a lot up above.

No babies yet, but if I get busy and can’t get blog posts up you can follow along on the farm FB page for almost real time updates.

Iowa’s Weather

24 Feb

Iowa always has unpredictable weather, but we’ve even been outdoing ourselves this winter.  We are up to record amounts of snow between the first of the year and now.

Sky

Then Friday, we warmed up to 34*F (1.11*C).  It was melting weather!

By Friday evening, we had freezing rain.  Then it warmed up overnight, and it was all rain again.

Blaze

That means there’s a lovely layer of water on the snow pack/ice. Luckily, we got a break from the rain for part of the day.

Sky has decided to avoid the icy paths and go through the slushy snow.  I couldn’t disagree with that plan because I almost fell the first time out Saturday morning.

My paths in the barnyard are also sloppy, and there’s a layer of water below the hay and above the snow/ice pack.

Athena

I do worry some about my barn.  It’s a horrible design, and all the melting snow to the north of the barn has to drain through this section.  I’m sure later in the spring it will be virtually unusable by the animals.  Right now it’s still okay though.

Stormy, Mary and Flower laying in back, Zinnia, and Victoria peeking over Zinnia

I’m pretty sure that this pooling of all the melted snow and rain in my doorway means that I’m not going to be able to open these doors again until true spring arrives.

Because next came the rain showers.

This was followed closely by snow, and it was finished off with falling temperatures.

By morning we were once again covered with a fresh layer of snow.

Sky

Today’s big news is the wind to blow around the snow that fell overnight.

I missed being in the blizzard warning by one county (actually it’s just a couple of miles).  Lucky me.

Pictures don’t do justice to the blowing snow.

Both of my barn doors were frozen shut. Luckily, snow is an insulator and even though it’s freezing out, the water puddle wasn’t completely frozen.  I also used the sharp tines of the potato fork, and I managed to chip away the parts that were frozen, so I can get in to take care of the birds and feed the goats their grain!  Woo hoo!

The door for the hay is still frozen down, but this one is much more manageable since I can feed most of the hay without having to bring it out the door.  Thank heavens for Dutch doors.  I can toss my bales over and go around through the barn to carry hay to the buck room and my old ladies.

Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be 9*F (-12.78*C), and it doesn’t look like there’s any more melting in the near future.