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It’s Not Fatal

21 Jul

It’s called weaning.  It isn’t going to kill them, but you’d swear these two think they are going to die if Perdita doesn’t get to nurse her maa.

Astra in pasture

Perdita “weaned” in the north paddock

I’ve had to get way more creative in hobbling the fence than I ever have before.

They are relentless.

licking her lips after stealing milk

Showing me where I need to hobble more twine on there.

But I want the milk.

I’ve just started making a year’s worth of mozzarella cheese, and Astra actually has the most milk of all the girls I’m currently milking.  At least when I can get it.

Weaning

18 Jul

Thursday morning, I moved my bucks back onto the front pasture.

Freddie and Xerxes

I decided Thursday afternoon to wean kids so I could start milking again after everyone got mixed back together.  I shut Perdita up north first.  When I went back out to catch Joy’s boys, she was already out.  I think she climbed the remains of the tarp hut and went over the fence.

Perdita and Astra in pasture

I put Joy’s boys up there but I never did get Perdita caught again because she was standing on top of the fallen walnut tree until dark.  I caught Swen and Olaf and shut them up there so I could at least milk Joy in the morning.

Swen and Olaf

The next morning, Joy’s boys were out.  Seriously?  I swear it has been harder to wean kids this year than ever before.

Greta and Gary, Joy with her boys Olaf and Swen, and Micah

Anyhow, I did actually get to Astra before Perdita had breakfast, so I got a pint out of her.

Astra

Then, after my coffee, I once again weaned the little stinker.  She’s lucky she’s so cute.

Then I decided to go with Ava’s kids.

Geo, Glory, and Gilbert

She’s had triplets on her and she could use the break.  It’s been a hard year on all of the moms with the poor pasture quality due to the drought.

Ava

I hauled all three of them up with Perdita and blocked the hole I think the other two boys escaped from.

Perdita looking for a new escape route

Tonight, I’ll try to get Joy’s boys again.

Joy

After my hands get used to all of them, I’ll think about adding Caroline to my milking.

Chunky and Caroline

Or maybe Cutie.

Cutie with Sylvia and Simone

Eventually I’ll be milking all of them (hopefully in just a few days.)  In another month or so, I can start milking Zinnia.

Zinnia

Maybe I’ll see about training Onyx.

Onyx–love that perfect udder

Bring on the milk!  Time to make cheese!

Three Updates

16 Jul

Pretzel is doing well.  She loves her bottle.

Pretzel

Sometimes, I let her come in and drink straight from her grandma, Astra.  I can’t believe how good Astra is about doing that.

Astra has been amazing with her grandkid!

She is a very happy, bouncy little girl.

Pretzel meeting Maisie’s doe, Tara

I’m also happy that she is going out to pasture on the Back Forty with the herd.

Pretzel in front; Joani & Glover; on the rock: Myson, Tawny, Lemuel, Jack Frodo, Rosie and Hilda beside it

This will keep her in the herd and help her learn to eat and develop her rumen.

muddy head from playing in the ditch

I noticed one day that I had a goose missing.  She showed back up and was gone for a couple more days.

Six of the seven enjoying their corn

That meant I needed to find where she was nesting.  Sadly, by the time I found her, she was already really sitting.  I’m hoping to find someone who might want to take whatever she hatches.  These geese are such terrorists, I’d almost be happy to find them all a new home.

Between Tiger’s first visit to the vet (for the diarrhea meds) and his second visit to begin kitten shots, he gained quite a bit of weight.  In eight days, he gained 14 ounces.  It’s nice to know all the food I’m giving him is doing some good.  He is also growing into a very good helper.  He likes to help me knit.

testing how snuggly soft the blanket is

He was checking the tension on my weaving.

Oh, he likes to help with so many things!

helping with this blog post

I’m glad he’s actually acting like a kitten now.

But I’m not sure my plants are going to survive this.