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Getting Along

24 Jan

It’s been a long time, but I’ve decided I need to get out of my own little world and join up with some blog linkups again.  I miss seeing other people around the world.  Today, I’m joining Tom the Backroads Traveller for the Weekend Roundup.  This week’s items are: Starts with D, dark and a favorite.

Some of the critters are getting along with each other and the winter weather better than others.  The ones in the Love Shack are actually getting along with each other.  I still worry about my old girls in there, but so far they are hanging in there.  Harley has really become one of my favorites.  She’s such a character.

Harley waiting for her meds in peanut butter

Athena, Cinnamon’s only daughter (a doe), was reallly being picked on in the greenhouse, so I let her out. I did manage to check her udder, and I think she’s bred.  I guess if she isn’t I don’t really care.

Athena

Luckily, she settled right back into the main herd with no problems.

Athena, Annie, Daisy (Caroline in the back)

The one who was doing most of the picking on her is Caroline.  Brat.  She might look sweet, but she’s got a naughty side to her.  Here’s she’s enjoying the sunshine instead of staying in the dark greenhouse (ironic, huh, but we had to take the windows out since they were collapsing).

Caroline

I am worried about Penny and Litha and Flower, but they are hanging in for now.  I’m not sure how they’ll do if we keep having these crazy temperature swings.

Penny

Blaze is really starting to look close to having her oopsie babies, so I’m planning on moving her into the garage this weekend.  I think Mary will be a couple of weeks after her, but I’ll keep checking them closely.

Blaze

Hilda and Xerxes are happy with each other, but I don’t know what I was thinking putting those two chickens together.

Xerxes and Hilda (don’t lick Hilda! You’ll get your tongue stuck!)

Every time I go in there, they look like I’m going to kill them.  They run away.

Xerxes is not quite so bad when he’s with Fionn, who is as calm and sweet as a buck can be.

The geese act like it’s a perfect spring day.  I swear they have rubber feet.

Gander jerks standing; nice girls sitting

They do like the hay I put out there for them though.  You’d think the ganders would quit being so nasty when I do nice things for them.

But no.  They still nip at me.  Jerks.

Edit: I tried visiting other blogs, but blogger eats my comments and they disappear.  Sorry.  Guess I won’t get back into linking up again.

Winter Is Back

30 Dec

After over an inch of rain on Saturday, which left the barnyard a muddy boot sucking mess, we are now freezing, with snow and wind and sleet.  You can see there’s a fine layer of ice on my gate.

Sky still had to accompany me outside while I did chores and wait for me by the gate.  Don’t get me wrong, he could have gone in the dog door and waited for me there, but no…

Sky

The goats tried going to pasture for about five minutes.  I did take pity on them and gave them full hay after their grain.

Cutie (I think; maybe Ava; I can’t see enough of the horns or where Ava’s black spot would be.)

Everyone has plenty to eat.  I have to make sure I have enough piles of hay that even the little girlies get to eat.

Venus

Even the llamas decided the weather was too bad to go out to pasture.

Some of the goats were eating outside.  Caroline just looks happy that she’s not in pasture eating.

Penelope, Annie, Caroline

I even gave the geese some hay to sit on and nibble on.

But one goose decided she’d rather sit in the frozen pool.

Why?  I don’t get it, but that’s a goose for you.  I swear they have rubber feet.

Anyhow, welcome back to winter!

Birds Enjoying the Weather

27 Dec

The birds have really been enjoying the warm weather.

The peacocks have been out until dark nearly every evening this week.  You can notice the tail is starting to grow.

My chickens have been out quite a bit too.

My Easter egg chicken

The hen behind Nugget is my free-range chicken.  She was actually out free-ranging this week.

Nugget in front; Free-range hen behind

The geese have been liking it the most though.  Even though I still have one naughty gander. (The other is all threat and no bite.)

With the record warm temperatures on Christmas Day with the long dry stretch, I finally managed to get them a clean pool.

Not that it stayed clean very long.

It looks like they’ll get to keep the pool going for a little while yet.