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Pasture Weather

20 Feb

This morning was pasture weather.  The wind is blowing hard, but the temperatures actually rose overnight, and the forecast was for upper fifties today, so everyone thought it was a good idea to go out to pasture.

Perdita

I decided to follow because it’s been a long time since I was in pasture with the goats, and I really needed it. I went past a couple of llamas just out of the lane.

Odie

Maybeline

Then the goats saw me, and they came on the run.

The did finally settle down and we got to hang out for a bit.

Haley and Cinnamon

Casey and Maisie

Even the old ladies were out on the front pasture.

Coral, Antigone, and Flower

I thought they were going to go back up to the barnyard.

But they settled at the top of the hill, and after I went in, they disappeared back out to pasture.

With the warm days in between the cold ones (it’s been crazy roller coaster weather), you can see that most of the snow is gone.  That means Freddie and Xerxes are taking advantage of their outdoor space.  I hope that means they will fight less too.  Freddie’s horn really needs less fighting.

Freddie

I’m glad we got to enjoy pasture time today because now we’re looking a colder and rainy, icy weather by Tuesday.

It Could Be a Rough Year

17 Feb

In 2020, I lost way too many goats. Last year, I only lost four.  This year could be another rough one between age and copper.

Cinnamon is starting to look old.

I have already shared that I’m still not certain Flower will make it through the winter.

Flower has been pigging out on the sweet lick tub.

Coral and Victoria both went in for a bit of extra care this winter.  They are holding their own, but they have both dropped weight.  I do hope they can recover.  Spring might be a great help for these two; spring will be a big help for most of them.

Victoria

I also have several others that I’m not sure will be with me through the year.  Reva dropped a lot of weight last fall; copper helped, and she’s holding her own.  But she has bad feet that I think was caused by the copper deficiency.  I’m trying to help her, but I’m not sure how long I can keep her comfortable and happy.

Reva

Joani really has started dropping weight also, but she’s hanging in there.

Joani

Hilda is starting to show her age.  She is the oldest girl I bred, and this will be her last time.

Hilda with daughter Purl

Bambi is the same age as Flower, but she’s still looking pretty good.  But when you’re twelve, you’re on the list of possibles.

Bambi

Same with Dolly.  She looks great for her age.  Actually, she looks great for any age.  But she is going to be fourteen in June.

Dolly

Myson is also showing his age.  He’s had a couple of episodes where he may have had bladder stones but got them passed.  I hope he hangs in there.

Myson

I just have so many old goats, and the copper is still an issue.  I’m not sure some of my old ones will ever get caught up.  I just hope the young ones continue to improve.

Old Ladies and Birds

30 Jan

I still just have the three old ladies in the buck room.

Victoria, Flower, and Coral

I shut the door at night and let them out during the day while it’s nice.

When it gets cold again in a couple of day, I’ll just keep them shut in.

Coral

Coral and Victoria are doing great.

Victoria

Flower is holding her own.

Flower

I’m going to try to do another round of copper for everyone on the next decent weather weekend.  Some of the goats are showing signs of needing more.

Cinnamon

I still have a couple of other goats I’m keeping a close eye on, but they are still hanging in there.

Joani

I’m still making sure Aurora gets her extra feed.  It seems to be helping her, and she waits there everyday until I give it to her.

Aurora

While the weather is nice, I’m actually starting to get a few eggs.

The birds were all coming outside.

Sadly, this is the only space that is cleared for them.

The poor goose would like a real bath, but it’s buried under all that snow.

The peacock thought it was a good day to come out and flex that tail.

He’s so handsome!