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Adding Days to the Food Supply

22 Jan

With the snow melt and warmer weather, we are adding days to my food supply.  Just the warmer weather lets me cut down on how many bales I feed each day.

Vanna, Buster, and Clover

If I keep feeding them the same amount, they don’t eat it, and it just becomes a soft bed.

Dolly and Lily (I know it’s not really a whole pile of hay, but they are awfully cute snuggled together.)

Then I did adjust the fencing/gates so they can go back out onto the front pasture.  They spent a good hour out there the first morning after I opened it.

Odie and Maybeline

They went out again Sunday morning despite the overnight drizzle and morning fog.

In addition to that, Fionn and his girls are eating the left over hay bale from Odie and Maybeline.

Harley (front) and Haley

Victoria and Reeva

If the pasture stays free of snow, I’ll be sitting pretty for hay!

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Trail Cam Pics

23 Dec

Well, I figured two days might be long enough to get a picture or two on the trail cam, so I went and checked it out this afternoon.  Sure enough.  I got something!

Trail cam selfie

Can you read my mind?  “Is it working?  I can’t see the red light blinking.”  Anyhow, I kept scrolling through the images and found a pair of fat raccoons.

Then there was this one.  Can you see them? You can click on the image to make it larger.

I think there are three coyotes–one by the den and two to the left.  I guess that answers my question.

A New Camera

21 Dec

After my walk in pasture last weekend, I decided I needed a new camera.  I found this freshly dug den.  Note the paw prints all over the dirt.

I got a trail camera.

I’m pretty sure this is a coyote den.  It doesn’t look like it’s been occupied since I walked past it on the weekend, but our weather is warm, so it might just be waiting for cold weather.

I took the camera out and tried putting it on the fence, but I wasn’t having any luck, so I put it on a small tree.

Hopefully, I have it aimed properly.  The white arrow is pointing to the den.

We’ll see in a bit if I’m right on what dug that hole.  I just don’t know what I’ll do if it is a coyote.  I don’t think I’ve shared all of them, but I’ve had five coyote attacks on goats this year. They’ve been horrible this fall.

Margarita Osboer

Margarita is the only survivor.  Yes, those spots on her ears are all from the coyote attack.