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Snowy Saturday

12 Jan

We haven’t had much snow this winter.  What we have had has quickly melted away.  It started snowing overnight, and we’re actually getting some accumulation.

It’s pretty!

The geese couldn’t care less.  I swear they have rubber feet.

Although, it’s a bit more difficult to make sure all the goats gets in when I have them divided into breeding groups.

Sidney (checking for treats)

Luckily all but one of the groups get along quite well.

Zinnia, Xerxes, and Cookie

Another good thing is that we are not horribly cold with this snow.

Hera

I only have to worry about my “not getting anywhere near a buck” group.

Coral, Pistol and Antigone

Betty Lou was standing out in the snow

Betty Lou

all because she didn’t want to walk past Stormy.

Betty, Litha, Margarita, Maggie, and Stormy

Harley is just thrilled to be alive and have company and she’s just happy.  She doesn’t even care about the snow.

Harley

Lily and Dolly have claimed the north lean-to.

Lily (back) and Dolly (front)

Astra and Cupid are the two biggest issues.

Cupid

Astra chases Cupid, and she’s also having a hard time getting to find a place for herself.

Cupid and Astra (front)

I have carried Cupid into the building at least twice.

Finally, I showed her she could hide behind the tarp.  That might help.

I’m glad the weather is supposed to be better for the next week.  Then it won’t be long until I can undo my breeding groups.

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Those Old Ladies

9 Jan

Since I already had Harley, Pistol, and Lily, along with the two little girls (Cupid and Antigone) shut in the greenhouse together,

Cupid, and Harley (in front) and Antigone, Lily and Pistol (in the door)

I thought it might be easier just to put the other old ladies with them and let them have the barnyard and north paddock.

Harley (in front) and Pistol, Coral, Dolly, and Stormy (in back)

I know that’s confusing, but I only have six more goats that I had to move away from bucks.  Litha is not having more babies.

Litha May

There’s her twin sister, Stormy.

Stormy Sue

Dolly is retiring after ten years of having kids.

Dolly

Maggie doesn’t do well with heat, so she’s staying retired.  Margarita is already bred, and I did let her come over here to be with her maa.

Maggie (in back) and Margarita–refusing to pose for a picture

Betty Lou is second oldest, and she really doesn’t need any kids.

Betty Lou

Coral has never had babies after losing her first one and having a C-section, so she’s not about to start.

I am a bit worried about Harley getting hit, but so far everyone is behaving.

Proving she can still get on the picnic table

I am also a little worried that some old lady will come into heat and try to jump the fence from the compost pile.

Betty and Maggie

I could really see someone doing that.

Hooves

1 Nov

I’ve been trying to trim a few sets of hooves each evening.

It’s a lot of work to keep up with their feet, and as wet as we were in September, I didn’t get many done.  Sadly, I seem to have missed Caroline on the last round, so her feet were pretty bad.

Caroline

Now I’m working hard to get caught up.  Of course, my milking girls are easy.

Zinnia and Haley

Some goats are not quite so cooperative, and I have to tie them in front of the food.

Litha

Of course, I have a few goat that just know what’s going on and refuse to let me catch them.  Then it takes way too long before they get trimmed.

Betty Lou

I feel really bad because I cut Wanda’s toe.

Wanda

She had to wear a gauze and duct tape bandage.  You can still see where I cut it, but it is healing. I hate when I do that. 😦

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that we now have white line disease in the herd.  You know, because everything else isn’t enough of a challenge.  I discovered it in Victoria when I did her hooves this time.

Victoria

It makes the outside of their hoof separate and allows mud to get up in there.

white line disease

It can be really painful.  I clean it out.

Then I keep them trimmed back, but there’s no cure for it.

Sigh… I don’t even want to know what’s next.