Tag Archives: Fionn

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.

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Old Lady Winter

12 Feb

This winter seemed to be slow in arriving, but now that it’s here, it’s really kicking my butt.

Overnight we had another five or six inches of snow.

Now the wind is supposed to pick up.  Of course, this means it was yet another snow day from work.

It’s starting to make me feel old.  I didn’t start feeding hay until right at the end of December, but now I’ve already gone through about half the hay on the bottom part of the barn.

Buster in the back

That’s a lot of throwing bales for this old lady.  It’s also a lot of corn that gets hauled from the bulk bin to the barn.

It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t get freezing rain that makes the bin freeze shut.  It makes things a lot harder.

I did finally get the bulk bin opened so I could fill all my tubs and buckets in the garage before this latest snow event.  I even remembered to pick the pans up so they didn’t get buried until spring!

I hate feeding in the barn, but we’ve had so much snow and wind and freezing rain that it’s been hard to keep them outside where it’s cleaner.

Aurora and Fionn

It’s turned into a horrible winter for the wild animals as well.  Our warm weekend that melted everything right before the frigid snow means a layer of ice that is covering food sources for many of the animals.  I’ve seen deer up near my house quite a bit lately.  The evening I took this photo there were probably ten or twelve eating in the buffer strip.

Poor babies.

I don’t remember which snow event left the weird bands of drifts across my garage roof.  I’ve never seen it do that before.

We can only dream about picnics and warm summer days right now.

At least we’re on the back side of winter and getting closer to spring.

That will make Sky happy too.

Done Breeding

4 Feb

I had my bucks and does together a bit longer than I planned, but everyone is back where they belong now.

Xerxes, Fionn and Zeus

Because of our February thaw, it wasn’t too hard to get my gate open to let Fionn back on the front pasture/buck room.

Fionn (with Zeus behind)

I just had to do a little scooping of the snow along the fence.  Then I managed to get it picked up from the already thawing ground.  Cookie left the front pasture and came through the gate too, but I had to chase and catch Zinnia a couple of times and then drag her through the garage to get her back with the main herd.

Aurora

Zeus is a bit unsure of being back with the big boys.  He actually liked being the king of the greenhouse.  Xerxes says he’d never hurt some little buck.  He’s a nice guy.

Xerxes

The girls Zeus had with him were happy to be back with the rest of the herd.

LilyAnn

I got all of my old ladies back up north.  Thankfully, they were fairly cooperative (except Cupid).  Harley even walked and didn’t make me drag her!  They did also appreciate all the paths I shoveled through the snow drifts.  At least it’s back down to bare ground when it freezes (tonight).

Harley, Cupid, and Lily

With moving the old ladies, that means Tony is back to being by himself in the garage.

Tony

Well, he still had the hen’s company for a day, but she was doing much better.  She was walking well, and I gave her a toenail trim, so she got to go back to the rest of the flock.

Ms. Phoenix

The last goats I have to split up are Hera and the two little boys.  I kind of hurt both of my knees (in a completely graceless move while taking Zeus back to the buck pen), so they get to stay together for a couple more days.

Anubis, Hera, and Pluto

When I do split them up, I think I’ll put the little bucks with Tony for company.