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15 Jan

I am glad I moved Tony into the buck room.  It is warmer there.

Although with Xerxes and his girls it makes for a full room.

Tony in back, Xerxes and Zinnia

He also Aurora in there with him.

Aurora

We’ll see how that turns out.

Aurora and Zinnia looking for snacks.

For now, it makes it easier for me to make sure they both get plenty to eat.  I’ll move Aurora with the other llamas when I remove everyone from the breeding groups.

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Those Old Ladies

9 Jan

Since I already had Harley, Pistol, and Lily, along with the two little girls (Cupid and Antigone) shut in the greenhouse together,

Cupid, and Harley (in front) and Antigone, Lily and Pistol (in the door)

I thought it might be easier just to put the other old ladies with them and let them have the barnyard and north paddock.

Harley (in front) and Pistol, Coral, Dolly, and Stormy (in back)

I know that’s confusing, but I only have six more goats that I had to move away from bucks.  Litha is not having more babies.

Litha May

There’s her twin sister, Stormy.

Stormy Sue

Dolly is retiring after ten years of having kids.

Dolly

Maggie doesn’t do well with heat, so she’s staying retired.  Margarita is already bred, and I did let her come over here to be with her maa.

Maggie (in back) and Margarita–refusing to pose for a picture

Betty Lou is second oldest, and she really doesn’t need any kids.

Betty Lou

Coral has never had babies after losing her first one and having a C-section, so she’s not about to start.

I am a bit worried about Harley getting hit, but so far everyone is behaving.

Proving she can still get on the picnic table

I am also a little worried that some old lady will come into heat and try to jump the fence from the compost pile.

Betty and Maggie

I could really see someone doing that.

Freshly Bedded

5 Jan

My nephew brought a big round cornstalk bale to bed the back part of the barn.

Moose, Casey, and Margarita

It is a challenge.  This space is a bit tricky to maneuver with a tractor and bale, but he finally got it done.  I don’t know how.

We had to chip the big sliding door free from being frozen to the ground, so we could open it farther.  It was really an ordeal.

It did, however, make everyone happy.

Casey (in back) and Margarita (in front)

Myson checking it out

Next summer, I think we’re going to try to remove the first section of fence to make a wider gate area.  If we’re really good, we’ll redo the fence along the lane and make it wider and so the goats can keep the scrub brush and trees eaten from the west side of the barn too.

We’ll see how ambitious we are though.