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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.

Winter Blogging

16 Feb

Sometimes blogging about the farm in winter is hard.  We don’t do a lot.  The goats mostly spend their time in the barnyard eating.

Chiffon with Astra behind

They do like to bask in the sun.

Penelope in her food pan with maa, Annie, behind

Three generations: Haley, Zinnia, and Joy

Sometimes they just find a place to stay out of the wind.

Bubbles and Mary in the barn

Stormy

There’s the occasional fight through the fence, but overall it’s pretty boring.

Harley and Cupid

There’s not a lot going on for me to take pictures of, and I sometimes struggle to be able to do a blog post every day.  We hit the good weather jackpot this weekend though! I think I took enough pictures for the next two weeks (seriously).

Fionn and Xerxes enjoying the weather

Maisie and Uno got to come out of the buck room.  I left them in the buck room pasture though in case it gets cold again.

Maisie and Uno

I even took off Uno’s coat.

Uno

It was even nice enough that everyone went out to pasture!

Maybeline, Odie, and Aurora

Moira; Pluto and Venus; Penny

I even let a couple of the goats out of the greenhouse to join the rest of the herd.

Pistol and Antigone

Still, they are mostly just eating, but you’ll at least have different backgrounds with them eating.

Mary, LilyAnn, Coral, Sidney, Bubbles, Penny, and I can’t tell

Chiffon

Myson

Venus

Aurora and Maybeline

And you’re really in luck if you like pictures of the tops of their heads.

Bubbles

Hilda

Pistol

And if you like posts with lots of pictures, you’re also in luck.