Tag Archives: Astra

Moms and Kids

16 Dec

I talk a lot about the amazing bonds the goats have with their family members.  When the kids grow up, they stay close to their moms and siblings.

Maggie and Margarita

Even when I have to separate them for a while to wean them, they get back together with their family groups quickly.

Mary and Bubbles

Marge and Cookie

That’s why it amazes me that Astra will have nothing to do with Moira.

Astra

I figured when Moira came back out with the herd, it might take a little bit, but they would form that family bond again.

Moira

Moira wants to be with her maa, but Astra has nothing to do with her.  I don’t know why she won’t.  It makes me sad.

Cleaning the Barn

10 Dec

While the weather was nice on Sunday and since it wasn’t too horribly muddy but still too wet to do a lot of things on the farm, he decided it was a good day to clean out my barn.  He actually got to borrow the skidsteer this time.

He used it to get the manure out of the barn and dump it into the spreader in my field.

It’s a lot smaller than the tractor, but it still fills the barn up pretty good.

Especially when he has to back it out.  I’m glad he’s the one that was driving it.

He managed to get a pretty good load on the spreader.

When he finished cleaning it out, he switched tools from the bucket to the hay tines.

Then he brought in a cornstalk bale.  I cut the wrapping off, and then he shook it loose.

Then he backed up and shook more off.  It worked really  well.

Then the goats decided that their new bedding was really delicious.

Astra even found some corn.

This was a good job to get done before this week’s cold weather.

Drying Up

8 Dec

After a solid week without moisture, the barnyard is finally starting to dry up.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s still mud, but it’s not ridiculous boot sucking mud.

Moira

The goats are actually okay with lounging in outside in the barnyard now.

LilyAnn

Since it’s mostly dry, I even let Reva keep her silver boot off after she removed it herself.  And her foot is healing.  It just needs air and dry.

Reva

Of course, it’s not going to get any drier because we have rain/snow coming tomorrow.

Astra

We really don’t need that.