Still Struggling with the Weather

18 Apr

We’re still cold.  It’s miserable.  I swore I’d never have kids in February again because it just doesn’t work well.  It’s hard for moms to meet their own needs and feed kids when they aren’t out on pasture.  It’s hard for me to make sure they get enough hay.  Even though we are half way through April, this is what we’re struggling with.

Ava and Giselle

I have a whole lot of kids who are getting bottles.  I’m going through a little more than a gallon a day.

It takes about an hour to make bottles, feed kids, and clean up.  I don’t know how I’d do it if my mom weren’t coming out to do the morning feedings.

Zeus

It also makes it challenging to do anything.  Every time I step into the barnyard, they seem to think I should give them a bottle.

Zeus, Hera, and Juno

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a cute picture or two of Punkin without camera shake.

Or without her running towards me.

On top of that, my moms can’t even go to pasture to eat, and it’s getting hard to get hay.  Luckily my nephew made tons of hay last summer.  He even bought a few more big bales.

He brought me two big square bales today.  It’s a challenge to carry those flakes in and try to get them where everyone can eat, but I’m just glad I still have hay to feed them.

I don’t think I ever remember a more challenging year to be able to take care of everyone.

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Getting Stronger

17 Apr

Little Miss Antigone is getting stronger.  She’s nursing on her own and doing quite well.

Antigone

Pistol has finally settled down a bit and is back to being her usual doting motherly self.

Pistol and Antigone (with Vixen hogging the heat lamp)

If the weather ever clears, I’ll be able to let them outside (with Aurora, Lily and Vinnie to start with).

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After the Storms

16 Apr

I am pretty sure it’s going to be a while before my fences get fixed.  I did shut the gate between the barnyard and pasture, so nobody can go out there.

Maybeline wasn’t too happy; although she’s obviously been eating hay.

But my fence that keeps Aurora, Lily and Vinnie out of the pasture is also smashed.  I’m pretty sure Vinnie isn’t leaving the building until it warms up (like July).

Vinnie

Lily already managed to sneak out once, but she just wanted in the barnyard.  I’m not sure she really needs to go in there.  Everyone is cranky.  I put her back where she belongs.

Lily

I am not sure if Aurora will stay put or not.

Aurora

I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry, so I set a couple of T-posts and threw same panels across to make sure they stay in.  I’m not the only one dealing with the after effects of the storm.

I hope they had good insurance because I’m sure their house is a total loss.  Poor babies.

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