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Where to Make June Babies?

12 Jan

With old ladies in need of care, I had to rethink where I was going to put everyone for making June babies.  I’ve already decided it’s been a crazy enough breeding year that I’m not even going to mess with any of last March’s girls.  They’ll get to grow another year before they are put in with a buck.

Moira and Venus

Remember, Zeus has to be in the Greenhouse because he won’t stay anywhere else.

Zeus

I had planned on using Anubis to help make the perfect kid, but Zeus already bred everyone I was going to put with him, so I’ve decided on a different path to the perfect kid.  I don’t really even need to use him now.

Anubis

I decided to put the two of them in the greenhouse with the two remaining girls that I need to be with Zeus, Caroline and Aphrodite.  I’m not keeping kids from them, so it doesn’t matter which one breeds them.

Zeus and Aphrodite

That just leaves Xerxes and Fionn.  Xerxes is the biggest chicken on the farm, and he panics at everything, so he is staying in the buck room.

Xerxes

I was going to put Fionn in the Love Shack, but I have old ladies there.  I decided to move my old ladies from the north pen.  All I had to do was open the gate while I was feeding everyone in the barnyard.  Penny and Bonnie should be okay to join the rest of the herd with just a bit of head butting.  But seriously, they have to butt heads.

Annie, Penny, and Bonnie (back)

I worry about Harley with her back injury, so I decided to put her with Maggie and Cookie in the Love Shack.  We’ll see how that goes.  Again, it just took a bit of food to bribe Harley (and Cookie) into following me.  Chiffon and Marge got carried over to the pen when they were done eating sweet feed in the milk room.

Chiffon, Marge, Cookie, and Harley

Fionn and Joani are up north.  Joani was actually pretty easy. It was that bribing her with corn that worked like a charm.  Ironically, Fionn is the easiest one to move.  I just put a collar on him and led him around.  The only time he didn’t want to come was when he saw the other goats still licking the food pans, but I promised him food when he went in with Joani, and he was happy. He’s such a good boy!

Fionn and Joani

Of all the girls left to be bred, Hilda is the only one I really cared about which buck she was with because I have to have her for making the perfect kid.  She’s my only Minnie descendent on the farm now.  She’s also a crazy brat.

Hilda

I had to bribe her with a peanut to get close enough to grab a horn.  Then we wrestled for a few minutes before I got my collar on her as a safety precaution (I’ve lost her before leading her by the horn, and then there’s no bribing her after that).  She fought, drug her feet, stepped on my feet and was a general brat the whole time I was dragging her across the barnyard.

Hera reenacting the peanut bribe because Hilda would not do it.

Finally, I got her in the buck room, and she and Xerxes are together.  Does she look happy about it?

Let me out!

When it’s time for Antigone to come into heat, I’ll put her in there for a day or two and then let her back in with her maa.

Pistol and Antigone

I swear, this year’s breeding has just been chaos.

A Hard Winter

19 Dec

A hard winter is hard on the old goats.  I will say that I have several girls I’m watching closely.  They seem to be shrinking into old age.  Maggie used to be a big goat, but she is losing mass.  I can’t believe Margarita doesn’t even look tiny next to her anymore.

Margarita and Maggie

Pistol has suddenly started showing her age.  So far she’s doing well.

Pistol

Betty Lou is my oldest goat.  She’s also really struggled with me getting enough copper in her.  She is supposed to have brown on her face, and it’s pretty much gone.  I’m not sure I can get enough in her to help.  She spends most of her time inside.  I need to find her a coat.

Betty Lou

Cookie is another one who seems to have really struggled with the copper.  She recently had diarrhea, but she’s improving.

Marge and Cookie

Hopefully, she can recover like Fionn.  You’d never know he was close to death this summer.  I think he should make it through the winter.

Fionn

If our winter continues like it has started, I’m afraid it will be hard for some of these old ladies to make it through the winter.

Some of the Gang

12 Dec

We really did enjoy the nice weather last weekend.  It’s been cold and miserable all week,

Litha

Hilda

Annie

Myson (Penelope in the back)

Fionn and Anubis

Venus

Pluto

but it’s supposed to be better again this weekend.  We hope.