Tag Archives: Astra

Fall Routine

24 Sep

I’ve decided I need to make a bit of a change to the evening routine now that it’s fall.

coming up from pasture

I’ve added a bit of grain to their diet.

Blaze, 2TC, Caroline, Mary, Annie, and Hera

Not only is it good for them to help put on a bit of winter weight,

Astra

but it will help me be able to catch all those little boys I need to catch.

Tiger

Gill

Because I really need to catch those boys.

Still Milking

18 Sep

I am still milking, but I am only milking Zinnia in the morning. I can’t believe the days are already getting this short–it’s mostly dark when I get out there.

Zinnia

She gives me about a pint of milk twice a day.

About an hour before milking in the evening, Cinnamon shows up.  She stands in the barn door and randomly yells until it’s time to get milked.

Cinnamon

Usually Astra is waiting too.  They have a contest to see who gets to go in first (Cinnamon).  As you can see, neither one looks like their udder is very full.

Cinnamon and Astra (by the way, I LOVE my new step)

I have to call out to pasture for Ava and Zinnia, and then they come in to get milked.

With the four of them in the evening, I’m getting a little over two pints.   I could probably quit milking a couple of the girls, but they do enjoy coming in.

Astra (she wouldn’t quit eating to smile for the camera)

And I love my milking girls.

The Plan

10 Sep

I swear my plans always seem to go awry.  I planned to have all the March/April kids sold by now, but there were storms and power outages, and injuries and holidays.  I need to sell the rest of the kids.

Marin

Partly because of the copper issues.  I hate selling kids with icky looking tails because people assume they are wormy.  They aren’t.  They just need a better diet because they are too wild for me to easily catch and give a copper capsule.

Milo

They are at risk of becoming seriously ill. I hate getting into the cycle of low copper and worms and having it spiral out of control.  It breaks my heart, but I couldn’t save Avril.  I lost her on Tuesday.

Avril right before she crashed with polio because I over-estimated her weight

It just becomes a nightmare trying to coordinate dates and help for loading out and such, but I’m planning on selling the next round this weekend.  I really have to get rid of the boys because of the risk of oopsie babies.  I don’t want another free-for-all kidding season.

Festus

It won’t be long until I have to do something with those last little boys too–Seven, Octavius, and Archie.

Octavius in front of maa, Margarita

And nothing better interfere with my plans this time!