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This and That and Such

17 Sep

I have to share Myson–he’s always standing high up on something if he can.

Myson

He’s a big boy.  So is Moose.  And Maisie (Moose’s mom) is a big girl.

Myson, Moose, Maisie

I think Popcorn is going to be a big boy too, when he finishes growing up.

Popcorn

I am once again working on copper and hooves.  I swear that’s all I ever do.

Some goats are easy to do.  Others are a bit more difficult.  They spit out the capsule when I give it to them in a peanut.  They spit it out when I use the pill pusher.

Coral is easy; Sidney behind is difficult

I think I’m going to have to lasso and tie LilyAnn to get her hooves done.

The chickens are always ready to come out when I open the door in the morning.

They were especially happy this morning because I didn’t get around to canning the tomatoes I picked, so the chickens got them as a treat.

Beautiful sunset over the barnyard.

I’m finally finished with the onions in the garden.  A bunch got chopped and frozen with this handy gadget.

The rest dried well and I’ll just use them.

I still have a few potatoes, and I’ve started harvesting the fall squash.

Needless to say, I’m still quite busy.

The Plan

10 Sep

I swear my plans always seem to go awry.  I planned to have all the March/April kids sold by now, but there were storms and power outages, and injuries and holidays.  I need to sell the rest of the kids.

Marin

Partly because of the copper issues.  I hate selling kids with icky looking tails because people assume they are wormy.  They aren’t.  They just need a better diet because they are too wild for me to easily catch and give a copper capsule.

Milo

They are at risk of becoming seriously ill. I hate getting into the cycle of low copper and worms and having it spiral out of control.  It breaks my heart, but I couldn’t save Avril.  I lost her on Tuesday.

Avril right before she crashed with polio because I over-estimated her weight

It just becomes a nightmare trying to coordinate dates and help for loading out and such, but I’m planning on selling the next round this weekend.  I really have to get rid of the boys because of the risk of oopsie babies.  I don’t want another free-for-all kidding season.

Festus

It won’t be long until I have to do something with those last little boys too–Seven, Octavius, and Archie.

Octavius in front of maa, Margarita

And nothing better interfere with my plans this time!

Power!

2 Sep

Yesterday, about the time my scheduled post was going up, the electricians finished hooking power up to my house!  I am so excited to simply have a light in the kitchen.

It did change quite a bit.  It comes over from the pole and down into the back porch.  There’s no more breaker box in the basement above the toilet (something about regulations).

Then it goes back up to the upstairs breaker box.

It also goes over to the well house.  I have well water for the critters again!

It also goes to the greenhouse.  Little Avril has light in there now.  (Sorry it’s so fuzzy; they wouldn’t stand still and pose.)  She also has her mom.

Avril and Astra’s tail

Astra’s udder was looking pretty full, so I decided she might be getting more from her mom than I thought.  I put Astra over there with her.

Avril is happier.  She is horribly weak yet, but the diarrhea is better.  I am also happier now, but it did take me forever to find Rocky again.  He was hiding in the basement ceiling.  What a chicken.

Sky and Rocky

I’m still moving back into the house from the soap room, and the electricians had to come back this morning to finish up the buried line to the garage, but things are really starting to get a bit more normal again.