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One Evening Doing Chores

16 Apr

My chores are kind of getting easier with the nice weather and grass growing. I am still trying to give everyone some grain though, and there’s always water and hay for the ones who are shut in. One evening I actually had my phone while I did chores, so you get to see some of what goes on during chores.

Stormy, Moose, Haley, Bronc

For the big goats, it’s all about the grain. Some goats might be giant bullies and have to be threatened with getting sold if they keep picking on the girls. Yes, I am talking about Moose, but he is also a great big brother. He always has Uno tagging along, and he will even share grain with him. It just blows my mind.

Uno and Moose

For the littles, it’s all about nursing. Some poor moms can’t even get a break from feeding their kids while they are eating grain. Other kids take advantage of Grandmaa being busy eating to sneak a snack.

Blaze with grandkid Brutus nursing (Reva to the right)

Other kids just think it’s a fun time to play and run wild while their moms are eating and not paying attention to what they are doing.

While the moms eat, the kids will play.

Astra’s kids were quick to discover how yummy the sweet lick mineral bucket is.

Joker, Jester, and Avril

This is also evidence the Chiffon still does whatever she wants.

Chiffon

Did I say Chiffon? I meant Marge AND Chiffon. Brats.

Chiffon and Marge

I also have to make sure my buckets have clean water. They are not quite big enough to drink from the cattle tank yet, and so I have several buckets out for them.

Milo, Trace, Addie, and Bronc

I also have to gather eggs every day. This particular day, I got six eggs from the seven hens.

Overall it’s not too bad spending time out there with everyone when the weather is good and the days are getting longer. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten colder again. I’m looking forward to more of these nice evenings soon.

Another Weekend Project

11 Mar

I had two goals for the first weekend of spring break:  building a fence to prepare for kidding and cleaning out the north stall of the garage.

I am so tired of my garage being a barn.  Even though I’m cleaning out half of it, the other half is still barn because we have rain in the forecast for this week of kidding.  I might need it.  Anyhow, I got my wheelbarrow out and started scooping while everyone was in pasture so I could leave my big red gate open.

Odie

I kid you not, I had only taken one load to the compost pile when the llamas came up from pasture.

Odie and Aurora

Maybeline

Of course, they thought they had to check it out.  That meant opening and closing the gate every time I went through it both directions.

Then the goats came up, and my path to the compost pile filled up with obstacles.

Did I mention the wheel on my wheelbarrow is flat and I need to go to town before I can fix it?  Despite all the drama, I did manage to get the job done over the weekend!

Bob telling me where I needed to do more cleaning.

Now I can put my car in there again.

2018 Ford Fusion

It’s a new-to-me car!  Yay!

Third Week In a Row

2 Mar

For the last three weekends, we’ve had amazing weather!  It’s been perfect for the herd to go out to pasture and enjoy themselves.

The herd

Actually, with most all of the snow melting, they are going to pasture pretty much every day.  Although, Uno is such a wimp he thinks he still needs the heat lamp at night.

Bubbles, Uno, Maisie, Odie

With them spending so much time in pasture, that means they are mostly feeding themselves again.

Venus

That’s really good news since I have to work late all this week with parent-teacher conferences.

Pistol

Even without conferences, I enjoy not having to feed full hay.  They enjoy not being stuck in the barnyard too.