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Everyday Things

11 Mar

While we’re waiting, along with checking goats numerous times around the clock, I still have all my everyday things to do.  Part of that is wondering if I should try to move more goats into the garage with rain in the forecast for Tuesday through Thursday.

Cutie

The warmer weather means my back door in the chicken room is thawed, and I could put Athena and Hera over there with everyone else if I need to.

Gidget and Hera

I’m a bit worried about the back cattle lean-to though because all the rain and melting snow runs through it.  It is likely to become a muddy mess.  They do have a fair amount of space that will stay clean, but I might have to figure out something else.  I’m just not sure what.

Myson, Casey, LilyAnn and in back Maybeline, Buster, Vinnie, and Stormy

Then there’s the maintenance of my panels that I have separating everyone.  This one was completely undone.

I have to keep my panels in place or I’d have everyone mixed together.  I don’t want that.  It’s a lot harder to check and keep my pregnant girls where I want them to kid when they are all mixed together.  Besides, some big wether keeps thinking he wants his mommy, but his mom needs to focus on the new babies coming.

Moose

I also got new salt/mineral blocks put out.  They melt so quickly in this wet, snowy weather.

Stormy (and a LilyAnn butt)

I am still feeding full hay.  Over the weekend, I ran out of hay on the bottom. I had to start throwing it from above.  At least, I’m not worried about running out.

Astra

There’s still a lot up above.

No babies yet, but if I get busy and can’t get blog posts up you can follow along on the farm FB page for almost real time updates.

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Here to Stay

23 Jan

Winter seems to be here to stay now.

Annie

We’ve had several rounds of snow and cold and wind.  Nobody is even thinking of going out to pasture.

Front: Penny, Bambi, Buster. Back: Stormy and Haley (behind), Joani (?) and Cinnamon, Maybeline, and Odie

I’m feeding them all hay and grain to help them maintain their weight throughout the cold weather.

Gidget (front) and Blaze

Margarita and Maggie

Of course, the llamas are still working on the theory that they just get to eat whatever they want.

Maybeline, Odie, and Buster (Ava in front photobombing)

A few are still getting special treatment.  I usually let Dolly in for some sweet feed each evening to make sure she’s getting enough to eat.

Dolly

I also let Cutie into the greenhouse so she could be with her daughter and get inside.

Cutie

Everyone seems to be tolerating it well so far.  With more chores each evening, I’m ready for longer days.

I guess I got my wish (kind of) with yesterday and today being snow days from work (although we have to make them up in June).  My nephew finally got his chores done, and then he started clearing driveways (he’s pretty awesome).  He made it at the same time the county finally came to clear the road.  You’ll notice I had already scooped the deck and sidewalk.

I think I’m still missing two food pans under the snow.  Oops.

So far Sky and Bob seem to really have it figured out better than anyone else.

Sky and Bob sharing the register vent

It looks like the next week is going to still be cold and snowy.

In Pasture

8 Aug

We’ve been horribly dry for quite a while again.  Once the rain stopped drowning us, it just quit.  I’ve had to water my “garden” and the ground is cracked.  We’ve had only had a few sprinkles since the hay was made.

Myson on the rock watching his herd

The grass was turning brown.

I’m glad we got the hay made.  After my bales were put in the barn, my nephew made the rest into round bales.  They work well for scratching against.

Gidget

(Blaze in the back)

Orpheus wasn’t too sure about that huge thing at first.

Orpheus

The bales have since been moved from the pasture, but we still hadn’t had rain.

Finally, we managed to get about two tenths of an inch Sunday morning, and then we had more overnight into Monday.

Lily

It’s was still dry, but that was certainly a big help.  Then we had more rain.  Last night, we even had rain and sun at the same time when a tiny cell went over us.

Osiris and Zinnia in the door

Hopefully, it will really let the pastures grow again.