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Closing the Gates

17 Oct

For the last week I’ve been debating whether or not it was time to close the gates onto the back half of the Back Forty.  I finally did it last night.  I’m glad I did because the goats headed out to pasture before it was even light this morning.

That’s when it’s dangerous because coyotes do their hunting in the morning.  I feel better now, but the goats were not happy.

Moira, Caroline, Daisy, Astra, Moose, Cutie and the whole gang

They might have even been silently demanding I open the gates.  I’m pretty sure they were judging me.

Daisy, Maisie, Reva, Victoria

The whole herd was waiting for me to let them out there.

Caroline was especially sure the gates were going to open.  That is not going to happen until the days get longer next spring.

It didn’t take long for them to decide it wasn’t going to happen and go back to eating.

The only ones who weren’t mad were the llamas.

Aurora, Maybeline, and Odie

Well, they were probably irritated, too, but at least they were just ignoring me instead of being demanding.

He’s Back to Being Bad

16 Oct

Mr. Gander is feeling much better.  He’s so much better that he’s back to harassing attacking goats.

There’s also a new game in the barnyard.

Cinnamon and Ava made it safely through.

The geese stand in front of the milk room door.

Joy coming over the posts

They make the goats do a mad dash to make it in to get milked without getting attacked.  Remind me why I took those two ganders in.

In other milking news, I decided I wasn’t a fan of the game where I had to chase Aphrodite and drag her across the barnyard to milk her.

Aphrodite

We’ll deal with training her next summer.  Maybe.

Good for Scratching

15 Oct

Onyx really seems not to mind having the horn apparatus.

Onyx

She hasn’t gotten stuck in pasture since I put it on.

Onyx (with Tish and Poppy in front)

And, she seems to have found a good use for it.

It makes it much easier to scratch her back side.