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The Game Continues

16 Jun

The morning after we started Hide-and Goat-Seek, we began the second round.  My gloating about how smart it was to shut the gate because the kids would be easy to find might have been a bit premature.  After I did my morning errands (buying yarn and dowels), I got home to find the goats in the barnyard, but Aphrodite and Daisy had left their kids in pasture again.

Dahlia

I went out filled with confidence!  Then I got to the other side of the ditch.  That was crazy thick.  It took me an hour to find Aphrodite’s little girl, Button.

Button and me

After I brought her back to the barnyard, I went back to look for Daisy’s doe.  No luck.  After three hours of searching, I called it quits.  I went to the house and took a short nap (Don’t judge me; I’m still getting up in the night to check Vinnie and LilyAnn).  By the time I got up, they had all gone back to pasture. I joined the herd, and helped Cookie’s girls keep up.  Aphrodite was by herself, so I assumed she had left Button in the barnyard this time.

Cookie, Marge and Chiffon

Zinnia was doing a good job with Joy.

Zinnia and Joy

Then I stumbled across Button just randomly standing there.  Seriously?  I gave her back to Aphrodite.

Aphrodite and Button

Then I saw Daisy cut from the herd.

Daisy and Dahlia

She knew exactly where her little Dahlia was.

I knew where all five kids were and I had to go back to the house.  I hadn’t gotten any lunch, and I was afraid I was going to not make it back.  That is the only reason I didn’t carry Button back up with me.  I quickly had a peanut butter sandwich and went back to pasture.  Button was lost again.  Seriously?

Cookie feeding Marge and Chiffon

I began calling to her when I realized Joy was yelling.  She had lost her mom.  I decided I was going to deal with that before I lost her too, so I scooped her up and took her back to the barnyard (Since she wasn’t technically ever lost, I didn’t score a point on this one).

Joy

Then, I spent another hour systematically scouring the pasture.  My legs ached, and I was one pass from calling it quits when I found her.  Sweet baby!

Button

Finally we all made it back to the barnyard.  Relief!  I immediately shut Aphrodite, Zinnia, and Daisy in the greenhouse again.

Aphrodite

I did let Cookie stay out with her girls, but the next day, it was even too tough for them.  They ended up sleeping beneath a big cottonwood tree where I found them after another hour of hiking.

Because of storms in the forecast, they got shut in before Saturday.  I swear, if I wore a fitbit it would read “Girl, what are you thinking.  Sit down and have a glass of wine.”  If you lost track of the score, we currently stand at Farmer Teresa: 7; Goats 2.

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Milking

12 Jun

I decided I really have to start milking.  I had my mom come run the gate while I caught some wild kids and weaned them.

Ava was obvious because I milked her last year, and she’s easy. Her teats are tiny and she’s slow to milk, but she will be good for me.

Ava

I will say, she’s holding her milk.  After I milk her, I let her out and she goes to her kids, and then we go milk some more out.  I swear these girls who hold their milk are enough to make me pull my hair out.  She really wants to save that milk for her huge kids who do not need it.

I also decided to try Astra.  She’s so cute.  Her udder reminds me a lot of her great-great-grandmaa Millie’s udder.

Astra

She was also a dream to milk.  She is easy to milk, and she didn’t even hold her milk.  For never having been milked before, she was perfect!

Then there’s Cutie.  She has more dairy than any other goat on the farm. She went through the MGIT (Milk Goat In Training) program.  She wants to come in and eat sweet feed every time I go in the milk room.

Cutie Pie

But she will not let me have her milk.  She holds it and she uses her back hoof to flick my fingers off her udder.  She dances around.  Oh that girl.  I let Bianca back out, and I might sell her next weekend so Cutie doesn’t have any other option but me.  I also will need to get a hobble rigged up in there milk room. Brat.  Seriously.

Smug Cutie and Bianca

I’m still waiting to start milking Caroline too.  I need to wean her girl and find time to milk four does.  Especially does in training and being uncooperative because their kids are here.  But I’m still getting a gallon a day from the two I am milking.

I still have to fight with all my retired girls who think they should still get to come in and eat sweet feed.

Scenes From the Week

11 Jun

I am so far behind that this post now is from the last two weeks.  It was scheduled, and I had to keep moving it, and I’m still behind in what’s going on around here.

Snickers

Litha

northern flicker

Aurora

Flower

Odie

northern flicker

robin

Pluto and Tony

Angela and Moira

Harley and Cupid

Leo

Back: Xerxes and Fionn; Front: Pluto, Zeus, and Anubis

Aphrodite’s doe

coreopsis

robin