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Gosling Pool

18 Jul

Our weather has taken a turn towards ridiculous hot again.  After two days of finding one of the goslings in the water bucket and unable to get out.  I decided it was time to give them the big kiddie pool back.

The one little gosling was in it right away.

The big gosling soon followed.

Eventually, all three goslings did make it in, but that was later in the day.

Everyone could get in and out.

The thing that surprised me is that Widow Goose just stood there and kept an eye on the youngings and didn’t get in herself.

She is such a good mom!

I do hope she gets to get in and get wild in the water soon.  It’s been a while since she’s gotten to do that.

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Gosling Butt

6 Jul

The goslings are growing and doing well.  The two new little ones are a bit slow about figuring out sitting in the tubs.  They like to play in the mud though.

The older gosling is getting big!  S/he is not really honking, but s/he doesn’t really have a baby voice either.

And s/he is getting a big goose feathered butt!

Heat Advisory

30 Jun

Welll, we’ve had pretty decent temperatures this summer, but we are now in excessive heat.

Our feels-like temperatures are well over 100°F (37.78°C).  That is really hard for the animals.

Victoria

I spend most of my day checking everyone and making sure they have clean water.

Cookie’s girls: Chiffon and Marge

For the most part, everyone was doing well.  My usual few goats stay up in the barnyard.  I think they might have just figured out that they’re going to get some sweet feed.

Penelope

The llama girls were doing well.  They were feeling cranky enough to keep spitting.

Aurora

Tony is one that had me worried.  He was open mouth breathing.  I tried bribing him to come into the garage.

Tony Llama

I could have had all of the goats in there with me.  They have no problems walking through an open door when you show them that there’s food on the other side of it.  Tony.  I had to halter, and he still wouldn’t let me lead him through.  I was skidding in his poop pile that he had to make right in the doorway.  During all this struggle, he wasn’t acting too stressed, so I left him.  Then I saw him out in the sun trying to eat.  I suggested eating under a shade tree, but he’s a dude.  Then he was back inside panting again.  Once again, I tried bribing him, and this time, I got him to come into the garage!

It’s cooler and he has cool concrete to lie on and a cool bucket of water, and I even turned the air conditioner on.  It’s still set to 80º F (26.67ºC), but it is better than outside.

The birds are the other animals that don’t like the heat.   The geese are fine.

The chickens don’t tolerate the heat well though.

I was glad that I remembered I had frozen a bag of tomatoes at the end of the garden season when I was sick of canning.  Guess who enjoyed a nice frozen treat. It didn’t take long for them to figure out they were nice and cold.

I also moved Mama Phoenix outside after the sun was on the other side of the barn.  This let her have a bit of breeze.

Hopefully, we can get back to more normal temperatures soon.

Sky

Until then, Sky says he’ll be lounging in the air conditioning.