I had checked my very pregnant girls at about 4:30 in the morning and everyone was just happily sleeping, so I went back to bed. I finally got up at 8:15 am and got dressed. My first order of business was checking my girls again. In hindsight, I wish I’d had a cup of coffee first.
As I walked in the barnyard, I saw Penny and Maisie just hanging out. Bonnie was relaxing in the barn. Then I saw Dolly in the lean-to. She was just getting ready to follow the llama girls out to pasture, but I saw goop on her back side. It could have been just a mucus plug (my thought) or she might have been getting ready to kid. I was not about to go check her every hour in the Back Forty to see if she’d had kids in the snow.
I hurried to get past her in the cattle lane and do a little jockeying back and forth until she gave up and went back into the barnyard. Everyone else went out to pasture, and I had to act in a hurry though to keep her from escaping. She was not about to let me catch her, so I resorted to my secret weapon–corn.
It didn’t take long to catch her, and I added her to the Love Shack where she immediately started eating the rich alfalfa hay. She does not need that. It can cause milk fever, so I quickly let Pistol and Clover out of the north paddock where they had been with Sam. Then I let Wanda out of the greenhouse.
Then I bribed those three girls onto the other side of the barnyard with some corn and I blocked their way back. I still needed to move Fionn, Maggie and Vinnie off the front pasture so I could put my other three girls that are due on Wednesday in the nice, warm buck pen.
I hurried back to the greenhouse with my corn because Xerxes is a lot like his mom was. I can touch him if I’m giving him food (on a good day), but otherwise I’m not allowed to touch him. Or look at him. After I put a bit of food in the pan, I set my pitcher down and caught him. I drug him, flopping like a fish out of water, up north to put him in with Sam.
Sam and Xerxes
Then I got Dolly and put her in the greenhouse.
By this time, Maggie was back up from the front pasture and was at the gate, so I let her in. I tried getting Vinnie to come in too, but she was being difficult. By this time Fionn was back up again, so I just went to get some more corn to bribe him to follow me. He figured out the big gate was open, so I ran across the barnyard and opened the gate where Sam and Xerxes were having a friendly head butting match and put food in three pans. Fionn came in and I shut the gate. They should all be so easy.
I went back to where Vinnie was still running around like a fool. I snuck around her, so she decided to quickly run away from me by coming into the barnyard. Success! I let the rest of the girls back into the barnyard and gave them a bit of hay since they didn’t go out to pasture.
Maggie, Clover, Pistol, Vinnie (back) and Wanda
That only left catching my three soon-to-be moms and shutting them in the buck pen when they came up from pasture.
Maisie, Penny and Bonnie
But first, my coffee.