Tag Archives: Fionn

Grass Seed

1 Feb

Sunday morning I decided to forget about waiting on the goats to go out to pasture so I could move Fionn up north with the other bucks.  I blocked the barn door with everyone on the other side of the barnyard, and then I opened the panel and called to Fionn.  He came trotting over and followed right behind me.  We got to the gate where Sam and Xerxes were and I opened it.  He went half way in, and then he stopped.  He refused to take another step.  You see, I usually bribe him to walk across the barnyard with corn.  I didn’t have any with me (but I was going to give it to him after he went in), and he wasn’t about to go in if I didn’t have his corn.  I went and got a pitcher of corn, and then he happily went into the north paddock.  I love my good boy!

Fionn, Sam, and Xerxes

Of course, as soon as I got done moving Fionn and opened the barn back up, everyone else decided to go out to pasture.

That was fine with me.  I decided to use this time with the empty barnyard to haul several tubs of old hay from the barn floor over to the mud of the buck pen.

Eventually, the llamas noticed.  Odie was happy to come in and eat from that old round bale.


Buster somehow missed out on seeing how the girls came in, so he was left wishing he could have some.


Maybeline decided it was her job to supervise my work (and sample some of the hay I was carrying).


It finally started warming up enough to make the ground slick, so I stopped for the day.

I’ll keep cleaning out the barn and using it to reseed that big hill.  Plus I can add real grass seed once it has a cover to keep wild birds from just eating it.


Consequences of Bragging

31 Jan

Yesterday I told you how good I was feeling about getting Aurora moved and it was easy peasy.  Well, I should know better than to brag.  I had just finished taking my picture of Fionn stranded in the buck pen on Saturday afternoon and was coming back into the big barnyard

“I’m always a good boy.” Fionn

when I saw all of the goats rushing into the birds’ pen.  I might have forgotten to tie it shut after letting the birds out.  Seriously.  They could just not be so dang naughty (Moose!).

I pushed my way through the crowd and yelled and jumped up and down and screamed myself hoarse, and they really didn’t care.  I did finally manage to get everyone out (after they emptied the two little pans of feed.


At least none of the birds escaped this time.



Unmixing the Goats

29 Jan

You might have guessed from my three little girls’ letter that I removed the girls from their pens with the bucks.  It had been right at three weeks, so they should have all had a chance to come into heat.  If not, I’m not kidding into July, so they’ll get the year off or retire.  I really do wish the goats could make things easier when we try to do things like this.  The three little girls really did make it difficult to get them out of the pen with Xerxes, but I did finally entice them to come out.

Dolly with girls Sidney and LilyAnn

Haley and Harley were easy to get out of the buck pen with Fionn.  Victoria and Reva were not too bad.


Cookie was a pain.  She ended up hanging out with Fionn by herself for a while.


I caught Sam and trimmed his hooves before I put him back up with Xerxes.  I just left the Love Shack gate open, and that means Vinnie was back with the rest of the girls.


Then I finally got Cookie to come out.

Finally, that meant all the girls were back in the main barnyard where I wanted them!

Unfortunately, it was late enough in the day by the time I got all of this done that the goats didn’t go back out to pasture.  That means I had to leave Fionn all by himself for the night.


I wasn’t about to try to walk him through the whole herd after the fat boy wethers tried playing with Sam while I was walking him.

Myson and Casey (aka brothers from another mother)

Because those boys were really wound up with all the changes going on.