Tag Archives: Cupid

My Circus; My Monkeys

12 Oct

I tell ya… Things are not going well.  After the times I’ve already had to get everyone put back where they belong, I got up this morning to find Fionn in the barnyard happily munching grass by the greenhouse.  He and Xerxes had smashed (and destroyed) the panel I used to replace the previous one they had smashed.  I once again got him back where he’s supposed to be.

Fionn

If I hadn’t been sick, I’d have never put the two big dominant boys in the main barnyard and the Love Shack.  I was just trying to get at least a few of the girls bred for spring break kids because they always do so much better than the June babies.  I never did get all of the girls moved. It really is bad planning to have those two boys so close together with a wimpy fence.

Fionn; Xerxes and Victoria by the barn door.

Fionn is actually surrounded by Xerxes and his girls.  He says that is not fair.

Fionn; Xerxes, Astra, and Victoria (Reva to the right)

He especially thinks it’s not fair since I did not put any girls back in there with him this morning, but I’d already drug Wanda into the Love Shack four times when I wasn’t feeling well, and I decided that was enough.  There was no need to put Ava back because she was bred last night. Fionn recovered from the escapades of the day and managed to find energy to do his job.

Wanda

Anyhow, at least three of my milking girls have been bred.  I know Ava, Astra and Cutie have all been in heat.  I will be able to milk again next summer.

Cutie

Just when I thought I finally had things under control because Fionn was napping happily in his pen and Xerxes was very focused on Reva,

Xerxes

Anubis wandered by.

Anubis

I had already had to catch him and Caroline and put them back once.  But wait, I forgot.  When I first put them in the greenhouse together, Caroline tried walking out through the gate.  She put her head through the panel that had not yet been tied shut, so she couldn’t get her head out.  After beating Anubis off so I could work with Caroline, I got her head out and told her not to do that again.  Then she put it through a different little piece of panel that she managed to completely pull loose.  I think she got her head out when she got the panel wedged into a different corner, so she could actually maneuver out of it.  I caught the two of them and put them back.

Hera (she was added the next day), Caroline, and Anubis

Anyhow, she’d pulled it loose again and was standing there with the chunk of panel on her head while it was still attached in one little place to the rest of the fence, and Anubis could just walk through the hole.  I put him back before he got chased by Xerxes.  Then I went to get Caroline’s head out.  This time, I couldn’t do it because the panel was swinging wildly around her neck, and she was not cooperating.  I ran to get the bolt cutters, and by the time I got back out there, Anubis had slipped through the hole again.  I got Caroline cut out, replaced the panel and put Anubis back again.

Luckily, Hera just stood there watching it all like it was good TV.  I’m very grateful for that because I’d never catch her again if she got out, and she and Anubis are supposed to be helping me make the perfect kid.

Hera: Who knew she’d ever be the good one?

Then there’s Zeus and his girls.

Zeus

They are where they belong.  They are being good.  I don’t know how I got so lucky for Cupid to just happen to be in the barn when I shut it the first night to sort girls, but she was!  I caught her, and she’s been bred.

Cupid

It’s awesome. But who’s that?  Oh, Antigone, didn’t want to be with Xerxes and his girls, so she put herself in with Zeus.  But by this time, I don’t care.  Stay where you want Antigone.

Antigone (But there’s good grass here. I didn’t want to stay in the barnyard.)

And the last little monkey (so far) is Button.  She says that I can’t wean her.  Only her maa can do that, and she’s not about to wean her.

Button in front of Aphrodite

Touché Button.  For now.  Stay with your maa.  It’s a circus around here!

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A Horrible Season

13 Sep

I keep telling you that I hate “the end of summer.” It’s the worst season because of the goats’ health. I swear it’s the time that everyone gets sick.  You might remember that it was a year ago tomorrow that Pluto had to go to ISU for a blood transfusion because of the anemia caused by worms and copper deficiency and stomach issues from the coccidia.  I can’t believe he actually came through it and is my sweet little wether now.  I am glad.

Pluto

This year, Penny’s knees are bothering.

Penny

Gidget, Bonnie and her girl, Socks, all had bottle jaw.  They were treated for worms, and Socks also got copper.

Bonnie

Now I can’t sell Socks, so I was waiting to take the rest of the March kids together, but then Tink had diarrhea.  I treated her for worms and gave her some copper.

Tink

Clover didn’t get bottle jaw or diarrhea, but she is completely anemic and tired, so I moved her up north.

Clover and Moira

I’m debating on whether or not it’s time for more copper for everyone with all these problems.  I need to give copper to any of the kids who haven’t had it yet because I don’t know when I’ll get around to selling them now.

Vinnie and Venus

Cupid has gotten a tiny bit of color back in her spots, but she’s not anywhere near as orange as she was.

I might be ready for winter.

That Time of Year

19 Aug

It is once again that time of year that I dread.  It’s the end of summer.  Every year, it gets harder to go back to work and leave the farm.  We are still in full production mode with the garden.  I can’t keep up with everything, and the tomatoes have barely started.

I’m still milking.  I’ve almost got a year’s supple of Mozzarella in the freezer.

It would be nice to have lots of milk to play with and try some cheddar cheese, but the four girls I’m milking seem to be drying up.  By the way, that adds a whole level of fun to getting up and ready for work in the morning.  I’m going to miss my lounging with a cup of coffee after I get done milking.

Ava

I really want to wean Joy, so I can milk Zinnia since the other girls are slowing down.  Zinnia wants to come in, and I’d let her just come in if she brought her girl with her because Joy is still a little sassy pants.  But she won’t come in the door.

Joy (by her mom)

Then I get retired goats, like her grandmaa Haley, trying to bust in for some sweet feed.

Haley

It’s also hard going back to work with the older goats. Stormy is looking pretty rough trying to stand up, so I decided it was time to start her on the anti-inflammatory meds also.

Stormy

Luckily she like peanut butter crackers, too.

This was literally a test cracker to see if she’d eat it.  Definitely a yes!

It’s also that time when I have to decided if the random days of diarrhea are from worms or copper deficiency.  It’s a symptom of both.

Hilda

I have several whom I think could just drop dead of a heart attack at any time because of anemia from the copper deficiency. I really wish I could have known what was going on when I first tried to find out.

Vinnie

Even after the copper, Cupid doesn’t seem to be getting her dark orange spots back.  Although, I do think there’s a couple that look like they have a little more color. I’m just afraid of killing them by giving them too much.

Cupid

I still have a few of my March kids on the farm, and I won’t have a chance to sell them until next month sometime.  Some of the are looking good.

Poki

Some you can see have a fishtail from the lack of copper.

Wendy

Then there’s a couple that just look horrible.  I hate to even try to sell them looking like this.

Tootles

Then there’s Tink.  I can’t keep her head out of the fences, so she had to have a horn apparatus put on before I go back to work.

Tink

I also need to look at my fragile June babies.  They seem to get hit harder by the lack of copper than the March kids. Sadly, Bambi lost her baby due to the combination of copper deficiency and worms.  I have wormed all of the June babies, and still they are not growing well.

Button (Aphrodite’s baby)

I am also afraid they are too small to give copper yet.  I need to balance their needs with the needs of their moms.

Cookie and Marge

I’m leaning towards weaning them.  It will be eaiser on the moms, and hopefully, they will eat the sweet feed if I shut them up north.  That’s not a given though.

Marge

Pluto ended up with the blood transfusion last year because he refused to eat the minerals or sweet feed.

Pluto

It’s just the time of year that has me crazy with worry.