Tag Archives: Fionn

Too Many Bucks

18 Mar

I currently have five bucks on the farm.

front to back: Zeus, Xerxes, and Fionn

Dolly’s boys have names! Pluto and Anubis

Oops.  I have four bucks on the farm.  Pluto visited the vet and he is now officially the latest wether to be here for the rest of his life.  How could I not do that?  Look at that sweet face.  Okay, he had just been banded and wasn’t feeling the best for this picture, but he is just the sweetest boy!

Pluto

Anubis hopefully bred Hera and I’ll have that baby to help me make the perfect kid.  Once I see what she gives me, I’ll sell Anubis.

Anubis

I kept Zeus to breed a few girls that were too closely related to breed to Xerxes or Fionn.  I might breed with him for another year, or I might try to replace him with a completely unrelated buck this summer.  We’ll just see how things go.

Zeus

I did notice Fionn was starting to walk pretty rough when I moved them back up north.  He’s getting old for a buck.  He’s now eight years old.  He will stay here for the rest of his life, but he’s definitely showing his age.  I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be able to do his job.

Fionn

Xerxes will probably be taking over the position of my main breeding buck soon.

Xerxes

He’s certainly a handsome fellow.

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A Rainy Start to Break

9 Mar

We finally have managed to get our temperatures above freezing!  Yay!  Of course, we have major rain with it.

Pistol and Antigone are the white shadows in the building.

It is a lot of rain.  And there’s a lot of wind.  I suppose I should be grateful it’s not sixteen inches of snow with those howling winds.

But we are all ready for some sunshine.

Sky

I think the water on top of the snow has been hard for the wild birds.  Even without having been feeding the birds all winter, lots of them showed up today.  (I did put more dog food out for them.)

male cardinal

female cardinal

junco

I even had three wild turkeys go by in the corn field.

wild turkey

And then it turned to snow.  But we’re supposed to get back up to warmer weather and more rain for much of the week.  Sigh…

Fionn eating in the Quonset hut

Hopefully, the rain and warm weather will at least get rid of the snow.  Then we will be in mud season!

The Kidding Switch

4 Mar

Of course my plan for kidding means I had to switch goats around.  It started on Friday night with moving my old ladies from the north paddock to the Love Shack.

Lily in the doorway; Antigone and Pistol outside

Antigone managed to get out the next morning and have fun running around.  At least she’s easy to put back where she belongs.  Cupid was a good girl; she stayed with Lily.

Lily and Cupid

Then I bribed my bucks to leave their pen and go through the garage.

Tony, Anubis and Pluto (after I had them confined to a smaller section)

Aurora decided to check things out, which immediately made Tony start thinking about how much he loved her; that made her decide she wanted nothing to do with him and she quickly went back to where she had been.  Llama llove is so confusing.

Aurora

Of course, the move was made more difficult because the small walk-through door was frozen shut, so I had to open the big garage door.

Fionn (after the move north)

But we made it!  They all three followed the corn up to where they belonged.  Corn is an amazing motivator!

Xerxes

In typical fashion, Zeus got out, so I had to chip a bunch of ice and snow away from the gate so I could get it more fully closed.  I am pretty sure that problem is resolved.  That goodness.

Zeus

I was a bit worried about him going in with the big bucks, but they were all in there the first night.