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Sleek

14 Jul

I am so impressed with how the goats are improving. I knew their coats were dull and coarse, but it never really hit me that they were dull and coarse because it happened so slowly.  Now that they’ve had the copper bolus and are getting goat-specific minerals, I can’t believe the difference.  They are sleek and shiny!

LilyAnn

Hilda

Gidget

Bonnie

Vinnie

Well, Vixen is still working on it, but you can tell the difference between the old gross hair on her back and the new sleek hair growing back on her sides. (For the record, she refuses to let me touch her, much less brush out the old fur.)  She is still old, but she is improving (Don’t worry, the vet saw her in April, and she’s better now).

Vixen

And Mary.  She was so sick after kidding this March.  She was completely anemic and had huge bare patch on her stomach, and now she’s beautiful again!

Mary (with Diana behind her)

I can hardly wait until they’ve had a whole year to get caught up.  Imagine how beautiful they will be then!

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The Horns of Shame

11 Jul

I really hoped that selling Loki would end kids getting heads stuck in the fence.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.

“Hmmm, I bet I can reach that one piece. And if I get stuck, the human is here to help me out again.” -Zeus

Zeus and Hera got to be just as bad as Loki.  I don’t know what it is with the kids this year.  It’s been like eight years since I’ve had such persistent kids.  I had to do something because of my plan to leave the farm for an entire day (gasp).

Hera (front), Zeus (behind), and maa Gidget who just lets her kids stick their heads through the fence (last)

I got creative with tent stakes, wine airlock bungs, candle mold sealer, and duct tape.

I think this will do the job. It’s pretty lightweight, the rubber bungs shouldn’t poke anyone.  I pushed as hard as I could on the ends and didn’t get poked by the stake.  I think it’s all good!

It doesn’t seem to bother them at all.  Although, I might recommend to Gidget that she wean them.  It’s time.  Trust me.

It might be wrong, but seriously, his silhouette made me laugh.

Hopefully, I will be able to take them off in a week or two and they will not try putting their heads back through.

Updated since I first prepared this post four days ago:  still no heads stuck and they are still not bothered by their little extra appendages!  Woo hoo!

Harley and Her Kids

2 Jul

I really do feel bad that I had to take Harley’s kids from her, but she needed to heal, and when I did try putting them with her, it didn’t work.  Enkidu still wanted to nurse.  He still does much to my annoyance, but they both seem happy with this situation.

Harley

But they are back with her now!   (They have been for a while; I’m just behind in sharing things because it’s been so busy.)  She just doesn’t remember having four kids.  She’s pretty sure there were only three, but she just accepted all four I put in with her.

She’s such a trooper.  After all, that extra kid is a three-quarters sister to her boys.

Eve, Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Horus

They have the same dad, and Harley’s triplet sister, Haley, is her mom.

I just keep encouraging Harley to teach all four of them to eat grass.

She’s also showing them how good sweet feed is to eat.  Soon, their rumens will start working.

Then I can cut back on the bottles.