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More Scooping

23 Jun

When there was a break in the rain, my nephew came and moved the manure spreader from the barnyard to my driveway.

It was time to finally clear out the garage.

I made a lot of progress.  Some will have to wait until I get the boards out by fixing the birds’ pen.

It took forever for the floor to dry because we are so humid.

I seriously have way too many things going on.  I am still trying to figure out what to put at the base of the pen, down into the ground.  You can see the gap where the chickens scratch in the dirt.

I tried working on the pen again, but every time I tried to do something, I had three young bucks running me over begging for food.

Frodo and Benji. I did not call to them; they heard me climb the fence.

Even Xerxes comes to see if there’s food.  He will usually go back to lounging around as soon as he sees I don’t have any tasty treats.

Frodo and Benji tails (nibbling on me), Freddie and Xerxes

They are so funny.

An Afternoon Outside

19 Apr

Saturday afternoon was not quite as cold as it had been, and we were supposed to have rain and snow on Sunday, so I decided that Saturday afternoon was the best time to give Venus and Aphrodite and their babies some outside time.


Cody disagreed.  That boy does not stay with his mom or answer her.  He just finds a corner and sleeps.

Cody sleeping in a new spot

Eventually Cody did come out.

Venus and Cody

Aphrodite and her girl was happy to be out there.

Aphrodite and her girl

Xerxes wondered why he was shut out of the buck room.  It’s a delicate balance of sharing space and pasture and trying to get the kids ready to leave the garage.

Xerxes checking out his kid and hoping I had treats

I am so ready to have all the goats out of the garage.

Hello, Oopsie Baby!

15 Apr

After my largely sleepless night, it was a long day at work.  After the nearly 80 degree day on Tuesday, Wednesday seemed cold.  We were looking at a high of around 40–twenty degrees below our historical average for this time of year.

Spunky and Tramp playing out in the wind and cold

There was no text from mom  after her mid-day check saying that Aphrodite had her baby.  So I hurried home to check her.  Yep. She was still pregnant.

Aphrodite (due on Thursday)

Then I started my count of the spring break kids to make sure all 10 were accounted for.  I immediately got to eight.

Brigit and Ostara

Then I went through the barn to find the last two.  That’s when I saw Venus and her baby. That was a shock.

Baby Boy

He was dried off and nursing, but he was looking a little chilled.  I picked him up and grabbed Venus, and we went to the garage.

Venus and baby

So I had no idea that she was going to have a baby at this time.  I do remember that I never saw her come into heat when we were trying to make June babies.  I went back and checked my records to see the last time I saw her in heat–Nov. 15.  That would make her due on April 14th.

I am just so grateful Venus had him in the barn out of the wind.  She did a great job.

And I guess it’s a good thing I decided I didn’t want to scoop all the bedding out of the garage when it was windy last weekend.

I’d say he looks an awful lot like Benji.


He also has the same face shape as Brigit.


I am going to go out on a limb and say that Benji managed to breed her through the fence. Just what I needed.  Another buck talented in that way.