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Fionn MacCumhaill Osboer

10 May

I have  a short list of goats who I know will not be with me a lot longer.  We said Good-bye to Maggie and Harley on Friday.  Today, when I went out to do chores, Fionn was gone.  Being in rut is really hard on the boys, and Fionn turned nine in March.  That’s old for a buck, and add the issues we’ve had with copper into the mix, and I don’t know how he ever lived this long.

He was the sweetest buck you could ever hope to find.  Really.  He was my bottle kid, but he was universally accepted on the farm; he frequently snuggled with Pebbles and her triplets from that year (including Cinnamon).

Pebbles, Bullwinkle, Fionn, Cinnamon and Rocky

He has given me 229 kids through the years.  If Joani is bred for June, he’ll add to that number.

Bonnie and Fionn in 2018

My beautiful, handsome buck.

goat buck

Fionn last April

My heart is breaking.

Back Together Again

27 Apr

I opened the barnyard up to let all the goats back together again on Thursday.  It took everyone a while to figure it out.  Even after most of them ended up in the Back Forty on Friday morning, Astra was still on the front pasture with her little girl.  I got her to come up to the barnyard, but she was attacked by all three kids as soon as she got to the barnyard.

Astra, Joker, Avril, and Jester

When I was trying to show her she could go to the Back Forty, everyone else came up.

Myson, Caroline, and LilyAnn

Caroline and Myson are always first; LilyAnn was on a mission.  She had left Tish up here, and she needed to feed her girl.

LilyAnn feeding Tish

Since I didn’t give them grain, it wasn’t long before everyone went back out to pasture!  Then I tried to move the bucks back onto the front pasture, but the rest of the herd heard me and came back up.

Xerxes

Luckily, I had put my panel across, so they had to stay on the other side, and I could still move my boys.

Moose and Uno wondering why they can’t get through.

Fionn and Xerxes know the routine: follow me where I want you to be and then you can have the food.

Fionn and Xerxes

Some goats might have been jealous.

Myson

Finally, I just had to remove the panels by the cattle tank.  The lazy ones will appreciate not having to go all the way back up to the barn to walk through to the other side.

Jester

In a couple of weeks, I’ll see about moving Maggie and Harley up where the two bucks were.

Maggie

I need to let the grass grow out for a little while first.  Then I should be done moving goats for most of the summer!

Classification of Oopsie Babies

3 Apr

I have to do a bit of classification with the oopsie babies this year because there are so darn many of them.  Technically, I suppose you could call an oopsie baby any baby that was not part of my planning.  The bucks kept busting through my fence.

Fionn, Xerxes and Astra

That means Wanda’s kids would be oopsie babies because I put her with Fionn, but she ended up being bred by Xerxes.

Wanda

But she was bred; she had them over spring break; I guess it’s not a big deal about who’s the daddy. I don’t even consider that an oopsie baby really.

Lainey

Now the other two things that make an oopsie baby are when they are due and whether or not their mom was supposed to even have kids at all.  Those two things are very important.

Maisie

I had planned on breeding Maisie this year, but I never want to have kids before spring break.  It’s just too cold.

Uno freezing in February

Blaze was going to retire this year because of the mastitis she had last year.  When I retire a goat, it’s for a reason–age or health.  2TC was also born before spring break, so she’s a double oopsie baby.

Blaze and 2TC

Mary was going to either take a year off or retire.  She is working hard to raise her two; although, she’s not doing too badly.

Mary feeding Quatro and Trace

Bambi was strictly going to retire because of her age. At ten, she’s the oldest one having a kid this year. I assume she’ll be fine, especially since she only has one.

Cinquain and Bambi

Those four girls have given me Uno, 2TC, Trace, Quatro, and Cinquain.

Uno

You might have noticed that Astra had oopsie babies, but her kids didn’t get number names.  They really are oopsie babies, but I planned on breeding her; she just had them at the wrong time–after spring break and before June babies.

Avril, Joker, Jester

Since I didn’t want to have to come up with twenty number names, I decided I’m only number naming the kids whose moms were not supposed to have babies at all.

Trace

That means I’ll have two oopsie baby counts: the ones who get numbered (5 so far) and those who were just at different times (3 so far).

Blaze, grandbaby Bronc, and 2TC

That means, so far I have a total of eight oopsie babies.  And after next week, there will be a lot more.

Sidney and Hera (Haley in the background)

With all of Zeus’s shenanigans, next week is like “second spring break.”  Hera, Daisy, Sidney, LilyAnn, Cupid, and Cinnamon are all due.

Cupid

Cinnamon’s will be the the only numbered name(s).

Cinnamon

Although, since Hera was bred by her twin brother, I could possibly count that one as an oopsie baby because of who bred her and when she’s due.

Hera

So much for sleeping all night again.