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Done Breeding

4 Feb

I had my bucks and does together a bit longer than I planned, but everyone is back where they belong now.

Xerxes, Fionn and Zeus

Because of our February thaw, it wasn’t too hard to get my gate open to let Fionn back on the front pasture/buck room.

Fionn (with Zeus behind)

I just had to do a little scooping of the snow along the fence.  Then I managed to get it picked up from the already thawing ground.  Cookie left the front pasture and came through the gate too, but I had to chase and catch Zinnia a couple of times and then drag her through the garage to get her back with the main herd.

Aurora

Zeus is a bit unsure of being back with the big boys.  He actually liked being the king of the greenhouse.  Xerxes says he’d never hurt some little buck.  He’s a nice guy.

Xerxes

The girls Zeus had with him were happy to be back with the rest of the herd.

LilyAnn

I got all of my old ladies back up north.  Thankfully, they were fairly cooperative (except Cupid).  Harley even walked and didn’t make me drag her!  They did also appreciate all the paths I shoveled through the snow drifts.  At least it’s back down to bare ground when it freezes (tonight).

Harley, Cupid, and Lily

With moving the old ladies, that means Tony is back to being by himself in the garage.

Tony

Well, he still had the hen’s company for a day, but she was doing much better.  She was walking well, and I gave her a toenail trim, so she got to go back to the rest of the flock.

Ms. Phoenix

The last goats I have to split up are Hera and the two little boys.  I kind of hurt both of my knees (in a completely graceless move while taking Zeus back to the buck pen), so they get to stay together for a couple more days.

Anubis, Hera, and Pluto

When I do split them up, I think I’ll put the little bucks with Tony for company.

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The Aftermath of the Cold

2 Feb

With the sunrise on Friday morning, we finally also saw some rising temperatures.  I really did a good job of powering through and just taking care of things, but I tell you, I am ready for some easier weather and life in general.

This is actually a sunset (I don’t do mornings well).

I did lose my old gander.  He was about sixteen or seventeen years old, and I was pretty sure he wouldn’t make it through a severe winter.

gander taken last summer

My young goose is lost.  Geese mate for life, and now she’s all alone.  I’ve already talked to my sister, and if this girl wants to sit on eggs this spring, I’ll try to slip some fertilized eggs in with her.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll see if my sister will hatch a few for her to have company.

The same day I lost my gander I realized my little phoenix hen couldn’t walk.  I don’t know how she injured her leg, but she wasn’t able to eat or drink.  That means she got moved into the garage.

Ms. Phoenix Hen, Tony’s butt, Antigone, and Pistol

She seemed to like the accommodations, but she wasn’t too sure about the new roommates.

She really wasn’t sure about me opening the garage door, starting the truck, and backing out.

(Trying to figure out how to get to the rafters)

Then there’s Fionn.  I had planned on moving the bucks and does back into their ususal groups and out of the breeding groups last week, but I didn’t want to make changes with the cold weather coming.

I know you still love me.

Well, it was too long.  Fionn managed to bust my barn wall.  I’ll need to sweet talk my nephew and dad to try and repair it this summer.

That wall was solid until Friday.

That boy is a pain.  Dolly was also continuing to be a pain and pick on all the other goats she was sharing the space with in the garage.  I kicked her out.

Dolly

Now I just need to get everyone else moved back where they belong.  For some (like Zinnia and Cookie), I can walk them through the soap room,

Zinnia checking for treats

but I need to figure out how to get my gates open because I’m not about to try walking Fionn and his big horns through the soap room.

No Goslings

17 Aug

It had been long enough that I finally had to clear out the goose’s nest.  She didn’t need to keep sitting on eggs that were never going to hatch.

She’s been enjoying the pool.

The old gander seems happy to have her for company again.  I hope he makes it through the winter and she can hatch herself some company next year.

In other bird news, I can’t really tell the two peacocks apart anymore because they’ve lost their feathers.

I have been gathering some of them up because all of their feathers, not just the famous eye tail feathers are pretty.

Here’s a bonus of Nugget, just because I’m happy he’s a nice rooster.

And I might have more bird news soon…