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Excessive Heat

20 Jul

We are under an excessive heat advisory.  It’s pretty miserable.

Aurora

Most everyone is handling the heat okay, even if it is uncomfortable.

Bob

I broke down and gave the geese a pool in the chicken pen.  It makes a mess, but they really need it right now.

Chinese Goose

The goats are lounging in the shade.

There’s not a lot of water left in the ditch in the Back Forty.

By the time they come back up from pasture, the goats are hot.  Cinnamon has not been handling the heat well.  Neither has Maggie and Harley.

Cinnamon in the lead

I make sure we have plenty of water in the barnyard.  I’ve even hosed off a couple of the llamas.

Estarr

I wish Odie would let me hose her off.  She’s the one who is not tolerating the heat at all.  I’m worried about her.

Odie

Estarr has it all figured out.

Estarr

Sky seems to have the best solution though.

Sky

He is enjoying the air conditioning in the house.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items in my side bar.

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Friday’s Hunt v3.25

23 Jun

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt. I want to thank everyone who joined in last week. I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week the topics will be: Starts with Z, Week’s Favorite, and dessert. I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. I am crazy busy with working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants. Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with Y:  I’ve only ever had one goat with a Y name on the farm.  That’s Yolanda!  Luckily, she was an excellent model.

Week’s Favorite:  So many choices!  I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed all the birds out in pasture.  That’s a benefit to all the time I spend tracking kids out there.

bobolink

dickcissel

Splash:  The geese were enjoying their pool when we were so hot.  Sadly, my hope that the llady llamas spending a lot more time in the barnyard would keep them safe was not the case.  I lost my African gander.  They are back to being shut in with the chickens and peacocks.  I am herding them into the building at night to keep them safe from raccoons.  I am seriously not liking all the predators.  I had geese without problems for sixteen years, and it breaks my heart to have them killed like this unless they are locked in that small space.

Chinese goose

Before I turn it over to you, I will definitely do another round.  I’ve been coming up with items.  I did like Claire’s suggestion of taking out the “week’s favorite” for another prompt.  Of course, if you choose to do only one prompt or two and then give me your favorite, I’ll still be happy.  Blogging is supposed to be fun, not a lot of silly rules.  Thanks to all who continue to join in the fun!

Now it’s Your Turn!

We’re Hot

13 Jun

For the last four days, we’ve been about ten degrees above our historic average, and it looks like it’s going to continue for another four days.  So far in the month of June we’ve had not a drop of rain. That means it’s been miserable weather for kidding and everything.  Today, I moved Pistol and her kids to the greenhouse because it’s a little cooler.  I could open the east door and at least let some air through.

Pistol and Astra

Every time the goats come up from pasture, they want a drink of water (kids too), so I’ve been filling the tubs several times each day.

Bambi with Quincy in front and Queenie behind

Poor Maggie and Harley do not do well in the heat, and with new babies, I have them up with Minnie and Helen so they don’t have to go out to pasture.

Maggie with Tequilla

All day today, I kept an eye on Clover.  See the red mug on the bench?

Clover

In typical Pistol fashion, she decided to bust the top out of it today.  Brat.  I’ve been using that mug for my iced tea for twenty-one years.

Finally, Clover had her kids.  In keeping with the Sam tradition, we have a huge buck with wattles and a nice sized girl with wattles.

Poor Cookie’s boys have had some lung issues.  I’m not sure if they didn’t get the fluid all cleaned out or if they caught a touch of something, but they were open mouthed panting when I checked them, so they went into the milk room.

That made milking a bit more fun this evening.  Yes, the black and white one (they really need names) is peeing on my floor.

Andy, Dolly and Cookie’s boys

I just took them back out to Cookie to nurse.

Cookie and kids

You can see, they are still favoring one side.  I’m still milking some out to make it easier for them to nurse.  I’ll keep checking them to see if they need to go back into the milk room for a while this evening.

My poor old geese are panting.

The llamas are actually handling the weather fairly well.  Granted, they are spending a lot of time in the barn, but they are not seeming stressed.

“Don’t make me go out in the hot sun.” -Maybeline.

I usually have the dog out in the yard whenever I’m doing anything outside because it scares me to leave him in the house with Rocky.  They have way too much fun.

The good news is that we have a decent chance for a bit of rain overnight.  That would be good.  I’m really ready for the break to more normal temperatures though.  You want to know the really good news?  With Clover having her kids, I will actually get to sleep all night tonight!  I’m excited!

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.