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Fencing

6 May

Well, I didn’t get my fence done on Sunday because it was horrible cold and windy and I’m old and wimpy.  But, I figured it wasn’t a big deal since I was going to let everyone stay on the front pasture.  I spent the week slowly making progress.

I had to clear all the nasty cornstalks and cow manure and earth worms off the fence.

Then I got the metal posts set back up, but I could not do the wooden ones myself, so my nephew helped me when he had his backhoe out here for Coral.

Still need to put some more dirt around it.

I still have a bit left to do where the water enters the farm from the north, but I think it will be okay for now.  It was just too muddy for me to get in there and not sink up to my knees and get stuck.

This is still a mucky mess.

By Friday morning, I had the boys back on their front pasture.

Freddie, Xerxes, Frodo, and Benji

I let the rest of the herd back on the front half of the Back Forty.

In front of the repaired fence.

Sappho with the other goats

the kids found a log to play on

I’m not sure Odie is too happy about the gates to the back side being shut.

Odie and goats

Everyone else was happy.

Venus on the back pasture

Well, except Cody.  He ended up stranded in the barnyard, but he’ll figure it out.

Cody all by himself in the barn

In the meantime, he decided to hang out with Flower and the two moms-in-waiting.

Caroline wanting out; Dody wanting in

He finally made it.

Life is good again.

Back With the Herd

3 May

Since I had to put everyone on the front pasture until I got the fence repaired, I decided it would be the perfect time to move Aphrodite, Venus and Haley back in with the rest of the herd.

The herd coming to see what was going on while I was trying to get the girls to join them.

It was a pretty smooth transition.

Haley

Well, except for Pluto being a pain trying to fight with Aphrodite.

Pluto and Aphrodite with Cody and Sappho in front

The kids are big enough to keep up with the herd on the small pasture.

Venus and Cody

I did look, and last year it was late in May before I turned them out onto the back half.  That looks like the safest bet again.

Sappho and Cody meeting Shellie and Claire

Sappho racing past maa, Aphrodite

I also decided I’d just let everyone stay on the front pasture for a week to give the front half of the back forty time to grow since they will be stuck on if for a while yet.

Lots more stuff to eat on the little pasture; but the warmer weather and rain should really make the grass grow.

And they better be safe on the smaller pasture with three llamas.

Maybeline and Aurora

I will say, some bucks don’t look too happy with their smaller accommodations.

Benji and Frodo want out on the pasture too.

They will survive though.

Saturday’s Plans

9 Apr

After a cold rainy, snowy end to the work week, I was happy to see things clearing out Friday evening because I had big plans for Saturday.

Antigone and her babies enjoying the sun that finally came out.

Frodo, Lemuel and Benji having hay for supper before getting moved (and sold) in the morning

Remember, I have to get everything moved around in order to get Aphrodite shut in for her oopsie baby coming next week.  So bright and early I got up and chased Lemuel around for a bit.  He actually wasn’t too horribly difficult to catch.  He’s small enough I could get him loaded myself.

Good-bye Lemuel

By the time I got back from taking him to the sale barn, the goats had all gone out to pasture.  Unfortunately, the llamas had just come back up to the barnyard.

Maybeline in front of the boys in the Love Shack

Aurora staring in the milk room because that’s where the food is.

I decided to go ahead and trim Benji and Frodo’s hooves to see if the llamas would go back to the other side of the barnyard at least.

Frodo is so sweet (if trying to eat my fingers is sweet)

They didn’t, so I just filled a pitcher of llama food and led them over.  Let me tell you, it is dangerous walking across the barnyard with Odie and Aurora in there.  They get way too pushy for food.  I’m not sure if Odie spit at me or Aurora, but it was tense.

Maybeline, Aurora, and Odie

Anyhow, I got them to the other side and put my panel across the barn door so they had to stay there.

I forgot my pitcher in my haste to get the door shut.

By this time, Xerxes and Freddie came to see what all the ruckus was about.  But I wasn’t quite ready to get them on the front pasture.

Xerxes and Freddie up north

I had to move the moms and kids first.  I took a pitcher of sweet feed and stood at the door of the buck room and called to them.

They came on the run.

They are so easy to get in because they love their food.

I am so ready to have my garage back.

While they were eating, I shut the gate so they couldn’t go back out on the front pasture.  They could only have the little pen right on the side of the garage.

Antigone wondering what’s going on

Next, I opened the gate to the front pasture and got my little pitcher of sweet feed to reward the bucks for coming with me.  I had the food pans set out and it was ready.

Then it was time to bring the bucks down.  I opened the Love Shack gate and let Benji and Frodo out. They are young and inexperienced, so they just kind of hovered and wondered what the heck was going on.

Benji and Frodo

I opened the gate up north and called to Xerxes and Freddie (they had wandered back over to the old garden area.  They are smart and know that when I call, they will get a reward (aka food).

Freddie and Xerxes

We went across the barnyard with them following almost on top of me.  They didn’t hesitate to go right where they belong.  And I gave them some of the sweet feed.

Meanwhile, Frodo and Benji were still clueless.  Benji was just kind of wandering.  Frodo decided to see if the pitcher that had llama food would taste as good as it smelled.

Frodo

I went and shook the rest of the pitcher of food in front of them, and then they figured it out.  We headed back to the front pasture and they got a treat too.

All four bucks were moved and Lemuel is off the farm.  Easy peasy.

Benji and Frodo in front; Freddie and Xerxes behind

Now I just had to move the girls and get the herd back together again.