Tag Archives: Freddie

Adjusting the Herd

25 Jun

I know you’re shocked to hear that I moved goats around again.  Actually, I just put the boys back on their front pasture.

Benji back on the front pasture

That made them very happy.

Freddie and Frodo with Xerxes behind

I did have to intervene with Ava and her kids.  Three babies are hard to raise.  She did it last year, and she’s trying this year, but one girl was looking pretty thin.  Of course, skinny little Sophia is the only one of the three I couldn’t get to take a bottle.

Ava with Heidi, Simon and Sophia

That means I decided to take Simon and Heidi and send them off to stay with Aunt Connie. She will keep them and bottle feed them for me while I’m on vacation. Then they can come home (or stay with Aunt Connie a bit longer if she wants.  At any rate, it’s the best I could come up with for the four of them.

Simon and Heidi

Everyone else is back in one giant group.

Everyone coming up from pasture

It looks like a mob in there now.

I was a little worried about Flower getting back with everyone and not getting picked on, but she’s doing well.

Flower is even holding her own with the herd!

I hope this is how everyone stays until it’s time to breed for next year.

More Scooping

23 Jun

When there was a break in the rain, my nephew came and moved the manure spreader from the barnyard to my driveway.

It was time to finally clear out the garage.

I made a lot of progress.  Some will have to wait until I get the boards out by fixing the birds’ pen.

It took forever for the floor to dry because we are so humid.

I seriously have way too many things going on.  I am still trying to figure out what to put at the base of the pen, down into the ground.  You can see the gap where the chickens scratch in the dirt.

I tried working on the pen again, but every time I tried to do something, I had three young bucks running me over begging for food.

Frodo and Benji. I did not call to them; they heard me climb the fence.

Even Xerxes comes to see if there’s food.  He will usually go back to lounging around as soon as he sees I don’t have any tasty treats.

Frodo and Benji tails (nibbling on me), Freddie and Xerxes

They are so funny.

Getting Things Done

12 Jun

I’m kind of getting life out of order on here because I keep interrupting things to give you baby updates. Wednesday morning my dad went and brought home my Ranger!  Yay!

I immediately loaded it up with my fencing supplies.

It actually took just a short time to get the fence over the ditch repaired.

Then I went back up to the barnyard and opened the panel.  It took all of about five seconds for Cinnamon to head out into the lane.

Cinnamon

Then it was a flood of goats and llamas.

 

The llamas took off

The goats browsed their way out.

I really had to get them back out there because my boys didn’t have a lot of food left.  I’ve been supplementing with sweet feed and hay.

Frodo and Benji on the short grass

So I immediately moved on to the next step.  I put panels around the cattle tank and across the barn door.  Then I opened the north paddock and bribed Flower and Cutie to go into the birds’ pen.

Cutie with Bumble and Flower

While they were in there eating sweet feed, I had the bucks come through the garage and drive and barnyard into the north paddock.

Freddie and Xerxes

This is the usual: Xerxes on his own and the other three sharing a pan.

They were quite happy with their new accommodations.  Then I let Flower and Cutie out of the pen I had them shut in.

Cutie seemed to wonder why she had been kicked out of her plush accommodations with room service.

Cutie looking at the bucks

But I still had more moving and work to do…