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Holy Crazy Hormones

5 Aug

It’s important to keep slip-on shoes handy by the door.  As I was getting ready to put on my sneakers, I saw the llama fly past in pursuit of a goat.  I switched into emergency mode, slipped on my shoes and ran out the door.  That allowed me to hear the orgling.

Tony Llama

It’s nice to know I’m not so old that I can’t run because Tony was determined to breed Pluto, my itty bitty wether.  My mom had just arrived, so I grabbed Pluto and got him shoved into the garage with her.

Pluto

I threatened Tony with being turned into a wether, and he just kept orgling.  Then Zeus didn’t help because he tried jumping Tony (the wrong end).

Zeus

Then Tony went after Anubis.  I was a little worried, but Anubis likes his horns, and a quick jab was all it took to get Tony to back off.  That got Tony to settle down, thankfully.

Anubis

Xerxes was off making out with Maggie while all of this was going on, but I’m not worried about him either.

Xerxes and Maggie

He’s a big boy.

Xerxes

I’m guessing the bucks coming into rut and the girls starting to come into heat didn’t help Tony. He just wants to do his job, but really.

By the way, with Fionn not feeling well, Xerxes has been promoted to my main herd sire. I’m pretty sure he’s up for the job.

Anyhow, I brought Pluto back into the main herd.

Pluto

It has been almost a year since he was with his mom and the rest of the herd, and I don’t think he’s much bigger than he was then.  He didn’t make it out to pasture with everyone.

Pluto and Aurora

So after lunch, I walked with him out to pasture to find the herd.  He followed me through the barn, down the lane and out to pasture.  We went across the bottom, through the gates, had a leaf as a snack, and went up the hill.

You get pictures of this because we had a renactment the next day.

Finally, we made it to the rest of the herd.  I tried to get him to go with his mom, but she’s not sure about him being back with the group.

Dolly and Pluto

I thought it was going to be pretty easy, but once we got out there, he was glued to my side.  I couldn’t get away from him.  He butted heads with Hera for a while.

Hera

Finally, I managed to sneak away.

When I checked on him later, he was just lying in the middle of everyone.  He is such a little sweetie.

It’s easy to forget he’s over a year old.  He’s more closely matched to Pepe, the smallest of my March kids.  These two make a good pair.

Pluto in front; Litha and Pepe in back

Pepe

I will say, Anubis was a bit upset about his twin brother being taken from him.

Zeus and Anubis; Pluto on the other side

But he still has his buddy Zeus to keep him company.

Hopefully, Tony will settle down.

Otherwise, he might have to get wethered.  I’d kind of like to not have to do that until I get to at least see the babies he made with Maybeline and Odie.

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Back to Guessing

10 May

I put Tony with Maybeline and Odie just after the first of July.

Maybeline and Odie

Now I get to wonder if they are bred.  I have no idea with Maybeline because she was so horrible we couldn’t ultrasound her last October, so she could have a cria anytime after the first of July.  Or maybe she’s not bred.

Maybeline

Odie was open when we did an ultrasound in October, but we say him breed her shortly after, so she could be due the second half of October through November.

Odie

He was only with Aurora for two weeks when he was not feeling well at all, so I assume she’s open.

Tony showing off for Aurora (and Maybeline in back)

These girls have already proven that they put their ears back and spit at all guys.  They are snooty broads.

But you never know.  Maybe they are going to have crias.

Maybeline, Aurora and Odie

Only time will tell if we’re going to have a cria.

In Heat in the Cold

29 Jan

Ironically, as we are experience record cold with dangerous temperatures and wind chills, Hera came into heat.

Hera (front) and Anubis

In the twenty-four hours that the girls are in heat and putting off all those hormoes, there’s only about five minutes that they actually want to stand for the buck.

That means, she and Anubis were running around and expending all kinds of energy they shouldn’t have been wasting on these games with the cold.  Silly kids.

It’s a good thing Anubis has a clue about what’s going on.  Hopefully, Hera will stand for him, and we’ll have Hera and Anubis babies in June!

Pluto was just like, “What are you two doing?  Why don’t you come on in where its warmer.”

Pluto

I did finally go out and shut them in.