Tag Archives: Cutie

I Need Sunshine

25 Mar

For the last what seems like forever, we’ve had snow and rain and fog and gloom.

robin in the crab apple tree during snow showers

I think we’ve had an hour of sunshine here and there, but otherwise, it’s been pretty yucky.

Goats at pasture in the fog and drizzle

That means the kids are mostly playing inside.

2TC, Scooter, Butterscotch, and Flora

I kind of feel like Cutie–just staring outside wishing the mud and fog would disappear.

Cutie

I’m really ready to move past mud season.  Sky needs to learn to wipe his paws before coming in the house.

Sky

It’s also hard on the goats’ health.  Poor Trace ended up with pneumonia, but after banamine and antibiotics, she’s feeling much better.

Trace and Quatro

Here’s hoping to better weather soon.  In the meantime, I just keep planning my garden.  I actually have some seeds that have already sprouted!

okra sprouts

Some are to be transplanted outside, and some are my experiments in container gardening.

green bean sprout

I also spent a day making these feed sack garden bags.  I have a dozen of them ready to go!

I had the bags in the garage all neatly stacked to make my tote bags that I sell, but you might remember Antigone was in the garage for a while over the winter, and she was horrible about playing in them and throwing them on the floor.

Wanda in Antigone’s mess

That means I can’t use them for nice tote bags.  The mice might have played in them too.

mouse provided drainage hole

I plan on planting potatoes and other veggies in them.

I have my big pile of compost behind the Love Shack, so it seemed like a good plan for putting both the bags and the compost to good use.  We’ll see how it works.

More Kids!

13 Mar

You might have figured out from my previous post that more girls have had their babies.  Here they are in order.  Tuesday night right before bed, Cutie had her twins.

She has a buck and a doe.

Cutie’s buck (with sister in the back)

Cutie’s doe

Then Zinnia had her babies at 2:00 am on March 11th.

Zinnia washing her doe with her buck to the left

She also has a buck and a doe.

Then next morning Wanda had hers.  She is the one I’ve been worried about with her back injury.  She wouldn’t push, and I was afraid to wrestle with her to get them out, so I called the vet to help me.

Wanda and her new twins (sorry for the bad cell phone picture)

She also has a little buck and a little doe.

Wanda’s buck

Wanda and her doe

And then there’s Athena.  I thought she was going to kid Thursday night, so I wanted to shut her in the garage where it’s warmer and I don’t have to worry about wind.

Full udder with the hair away from her teats

I got her in there. Of course, I bribed her with food and then drug her through the building.  It wasn’t long before Wanda and Annie were picking on her and she escaped while I was bringing a panel in to build a pen.  Sooo… I had to catch her again and shut her in.

Athena

When I did my 1:15ish check, she had kids.  She was cleaning the second one off, and the first was getting chilled, so I took him into the soap room to warm up with heat and some colostrum from the freezer.

Athena with the doe she claimed

When I returned him to his maa, she hit him and then knocked me on my butt.  So I now have a bottle kid.  I sent him home with my mom because I worry about Sky. He’ll get spoiled by her.

Athena’s rejected buck

She is being a doting mom to her little girl.

We seem to be on a roll of the buck/doe combination. That just leaves one more for spring break kids!

Come on, Annie!  Farmer Teresa wants to sleep all night!

Kidding

6 Mar

I can’t believe we’re going into spring break this weekend.  I have nine girls due between March 10th and 13th.

Athena

Ava (with Annie behind)

Annie

Cutie

Gidget

Victora (Casey to her right)

Wanda

Reva (Victoria to her left)

Zinnia with her girl, Joy

Then there’s Mary.  She’s probably going to be due around March 15th, but that’s a guess since I didn’t plan her kids.

Mary

Stinking oopsie babies.