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22 Nov

Well, everyone is hanging in there. Margarita and Myson are getting along well.  I think Myson is gaining a little weight.  Margarita is about the same, and with the cold weather I’ll call that good.

Myson and Margarita

Benji spent most of his time in the greenhouse when it was cold.  I’m also going to call it a win that he didn’t really lose any more weight while we were that cold.  Hopefully, since he has a good appetite, the copper will kick in and he’ll start picking some weight up.

Benji peeking out the door when it was still cold over the weekend.

The boys can come out of the greenhouse easily even though I had the door mostly shut to keep the wind out.  Frodo really likes his roommates.  They are much nicer than the other big bucks.

Frodo

Xerxes seems to have done something to his eye.  I’m guessing it was poked with hay, but there is no way for me to even check it out.  It was all better by the time I checked him on Monday.  Thank goodness.

Xerxes with a watery eye

Mr. Peacock is still a bit sneezy, but it isn’t as bad.  Hopefully, this more moderate weather streak will continue for a while and he will finish recovering.

Mr. Peacock

Zinnia came back into heat.  I’m actually pretty happy she didn’t get bred on one of the days Benji was out.  She really needs a longer time between babies (her girls were born right at the end of July).

Zinnia with her girls behind her

I’m not sure we’re going to get the hydrant changed yet this fall with the crazy weather.  But the cattle tank is still working, so it’s not too bad.

Antigone behind the hydrant

For some reason, Antigone and Hera were limping the other day.  I am hoping that this week (while I’m on break), I can get a lot of hooves trimmed.  That should help.

Hera resting her foot and eating at the same time.

I hope.

Saturday Afternoon

12 Apr

You know it’s a busy day when I’m still on Saturday afternoon. Since the goats were hanging out basking, I decided I’d take the opportunity to get my spring water ready.  I started by putting a tub out for the bucks.

Freddie was trying out the tub while it was still filling

It makes me smile to see Freddie being good to his little buck.

I also emptied the big tub and put a smaller one there and then added some buckets that the kids can drink from.

Onyx

Brigit checking out the new bucket

But after a while, the goats quit basking and went out to pasture.

heading out to pasture

That let me go back to the rest of my plan.  I got Flower and Coral’s hooves trimmed and moved them up north.

Coral and Flower up north

Then I focused my attention on my poor garage.  I got the wheelbarrow out and the tire blown up and cleared from in front of the garage door.  I was impressed that the garage door opener worked perfectly once I got the sensor back in place.

Bob was my helper.

Bob Cat

But when I took my first load to dump, I ended up with someone thinking they were going to come and join me out in the driveway.

Caroline

I decided I’d be better off waiting until Sunday morning when everyone was really out in pasture. It would be much easier to clean then.

I made a little progress!

It was long until the few goats who came back in wandered back out to pasture, and I decided it was time to put the goose in.

happy out in the barnyard

I felt bad about making her go back in the pen, so I treated her with a clean pool.

taking a bath

I think she forgave me.

Winter Water Woes

14 Feb

I keep saying how grateful I am for my hydrant and electricity for heaters and how much easier it makes my job.  Well, I’m done being grateful. Not really, but my gratitude is being challenged.

Hilda and Pretzel getting a drink

Last Saturday (the 5th), I filled the water tub and life was great.  Sunday morning, I tried to lift the handle, and it only came up a tiny bit and then stopped.

Sky wondering what I’m doing.

I even had my nephew come look at it.  The best we could figure is that it was frozen even though it’s supposed to be a frost free hydrant.  And the well house is still a toasty 60°F in there.

Pretzel

Anyhow, with the warm weather last week, I figured I’d be patient and wait it out.  By Wednesday, when it still wouldn’t budge, I decided to get the cattle tank running.  I spent a bit of time changing the seal and getting a heater put in it and I finally went to the well house and turned the little knob, and nothing…

I guess I should be glad because that probably confirms that the water is frozen and not just a busted hydrant that would have to be replaced.  But it’s frozen deep enough that it will probably be quite some time before it’s thawed.

From the window of the milk room you can see the hydrant on the other side of the tree.

I guess I’m grateful I have a nozzle in the milk room.  It’s slow and I’m carrying five to seven five-gallon buckets every evening, but I can manage.

As long as I can get past the swarm of goats who are just waiting to sneak in when I open the door.

Pretzel and Popcorn

And it’s a good workout.  So I guess it’s all good.  But I’ll be reallllly grateful when it thaws out.