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Unmixing the Goats

29 Jan

You might have guessed from my three little girls’ letter that I removed the girls from their pens with the bucks.  It had been right at three weeks, so they should have all had a chance to come into heat.  If not, I’m not kidding into July, so they’ll get the year off or retire.  I really do wish the goats could make things easier when we try to do things like this.  The three little girls really did make it difficult to get them out of the pen with Xerxes, but I did finally entice them to come out.

Dolly with girls Sidney and LilyAnn

Haley and Harley were easy to get out of the buck pen with Fionn.  Victoria and Reva were not too bad.


Cookie was a pain.  She ended up hanging out with Fionn by herself for a while.


I caught Sam and trimmed his hooves before I put him back up with Xerxes.  I just left the Love Shack gate open, and that means Vinnie was back with the rest of the girls.


Then I finally got Cookie to come out.

Finally, that meant all the girls were back in the main barnyard where I wanted them!

Unfortunately, it was late enough in the day by the time I got all of this done that the goats didn’t go back out to pasture.  That means I had to leave Fionn all by himself for the night.


I wasn’t about to try to walk him through the whole herd after the fat boy wethers tried playing with Sam while I was walking him.

Myson and Casey (aka brothers from another mother)

Because those boys were really wound up with all the changes going on.


Friday Night Fight

26 Jan

After two weeks of being shut in the garage with Aurora, Stormy’s eyes are starting to pink up, but she’s been awfully subdued.  She was not happy being in there.  We had beautiful weather today, and it’s supposed to be nice tomorrow before returning to more normal winter temperatures, so I decided tonight would be a good time to let her out and put her back with the whole herd.

Stormy Sue Street

Of course, she had been snacking on hay all day, so she was only picking at the food.

Instead, she wanted to fight with Betty Lou, Penny, Maisie, and her twin sister, Litha.

Litha and Stormy

At least she looks like she’s enjoying herself.

By the time I went out to shut the birds in at dark, she had settled down.  That’s a good thing.


6 Jan

The weather became nice enough today that some goats and llamas noticed that I had left the gate open to the north paddock when I moved the bucks.

Annie, Myson, and Ava

They were exploring when I came out.  Maybeline was too busy looking for good stuff to nibble on to notice me.


Same with Caroline, who had discovered the salt/mineral block in the building.


When I went up there, everyone decided to come check it out in case I was bringing them a snack.

A couple of them found the left overs from the round bale the boys had been eating.  They didn’t find it too exciting.



No new snack, but they did get fed today.  Don’t believe them when they try to say I’m starving them.