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Closing the Gates

17 Oct

For the last week I’ve been debating whether or not it was time to close the gates onto the back half of the Back Forty.  I finally did it last night.  I’m glad I did because the goats headed out to pasture before it was even light this morning.

That’s when it’s dangerous because coyotes do their hunting in the morning.  I feel better now, but the goats were not happy.

Moira, Caroline, Daisy, Astra, Moose, Cutie and the whole gang

They might have even been silently demanding I open the gates.  I’m pretty sure they were judging me.

Daisy, Maisie, Reva, Victoria

The whole herd was waiting for me to let them out there.

Caroline was especially sure the gates were going to open.  That is not going to happen until the days get longer next spring.

It didn’t take long for them to decide it wasn’t going to happen and go back to eating.

The only ones who weren’t mad were the llamas.

Aurora, Maybeline, and Odie

Well, they were probably irritated, too, but at least they were just ignoring me instead of being demanding.

Dangit, Milo!

11 Aug

Milo and Addie were both likely to get their heads stuck.  Once I caught Milo and put him up north, he kept getting his head stuck, but not as often.  When I finally put him down south, he quit getting his head stuck.

Freddie, Milo, and Xerxes

That’s why I didn’t bother to try and figure out how to catch the wild thing to sell on Saturday.

Then, Saturday night, he got stuck.

He got stuck on Sunday.  He fights me every second of getting his head unstuck.  That means I’m nearly strangling him several times before I actually get his head out.  But he still keeps putting it through.  I’m now wishing I had hauled him down and sold him last weekend.

Not even a thank you before running away (Freddie watching).

And before anyone tells me that’s why they won’t have goats with horns, I had to literally cut Cookie’s head out of the fence on Saturday evening also. (I thought about making her wait for me to get the camera and take a picture, but I decided to be nice.)

Cookie

Don’t even ask me how she does that, but it’s not the first time I’ve had to do that.

Other Improvements

21 Jul

While the nephew was working on fence and had all the equipment here, he did a few other jobs to improve the farm also.  One of the things I’ve been hoping to get done is a concrete step into the milk room.  With dew coming off the roof, it was constantly muddy right in front of the door, which the mosquitoes really like.  It was also quite a large step.

Since there was a big slab of concrete just sitting by the chicken pen with no purpose, it seemed like the perfect place to put it.

It worked well for the little farm hand to practice stepping up and down.

I am thrilled with this little improvement!

Astra with Jester (back) and Avril

He also set several posts.  Some of my old ones had been broken off by goats fighting.

Some were just metal posts that I had set myself to make do.

Trace on the board wedged in to hold the fence in place

He hauled the old panels from the fence up front, so I will use some of these to fix up some of my barnyard fences now that I have good posts to attach them to something solid.

That will hopefully prevent girls from sneaking in with the bucks to make oopsie babies.

Seven

I don’t care how cute they are, nobody should kid at eleven months!