Tag Archives: garage

A Comedy of Errors

7 Mar

Most things I do around here do not usually go as planned.  This kidding prep is no different.  One of my first issues was what to do with Mama Phoenix.

Haley stepped on her tail.  Then I moved her.  Caroline was trying to eat her food.

I finally decided to put a panel in front of her for the night; although, someone did manage to eat most of her food.

Caroline

After Caroline discovered food there, she kept trying to get to it.

She could at least get herself out.  She was never stuck.

Sidney, on the other hand, keeps thinking the hay on the other side of the panel is better and keeps getting stuck.

Sidney

In her defense, she is correct.  She was going for Tony’s alfalfa.  But I had to cut the panel to get her out the second time.

After removing her head from the panel four times, I had to dig out Hera’s old horn apparatus.  Grrrrr…

That’s also what the big fat girls were doing.  They tore the box up, knocked the buckets down, knocked the big wooden boxes down, dumped the garbage tub, and ate all of his hay.

I finally tried hanging a tub on the post.  Of course, the two little bucks and Caroline kept dumping it, but I think I finally got it hooked over the panel and tied on both sides, so it is now held so they can’t dump it.

Tony

I’m a bit nervous about the panel falling over, but all the panels I have strung up and fastened together, so I don’t think any of them can really fall.  They are pretty much in place.  At least that’s been working so far.

I also found a solution for Mama Phoenix.  I had a pen that I wanted to put her in, but it is in a building that the door is frozen shut.  That seems to be a theme around here right now, so she got a nice new rabbit hutch.

I’m still a bit nervous about that one too.  Hopefully, sniffing her tail and testing her hay is about as far as they go.

Mama Phoenix and Cinnamon

Margarita has a habit of not being where I put her, and Wednesday, Maisie decided she was done hanging out with Aurora.  Why shouldn’t she hop the fence when she’s five months pregnant?  It seems to have worked for her.  She’s back with the rest of the pregnant girls in the barnyard.

Maisie

Even though we’ve had a few glitches, we are still hanging in there.

Advertisements

In the Garage

6 Mar

Because my garage is the warmest building on the farm and we are still colder than we should be for this time of year, I have the girls who are due first and the ones I don’t have a due date for in the garage.

Haley, Wanda, Cinnamon, Bonnie and Blaze

It’s a bit crowded.  I can’t put Tony outside yet, and the little boys would struggle with the sudden cold if I put them out now.  That means they are in the front section.

Tony, Anubis, and Pluto

I gave the rest of that side to Sidney and Caroline.  Because someone always has to be pushy and dominant, Caroline has decided it should be her.  Caroline is actually the first one due.

Sidney (back) and Caroline (front) with Pluto in the next pen.

Margarita came in the day after everyone else.  She has her own little spot because she’s so tiny.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I bred her as little as she is, but she’ll be two.  I don’t know why she’s so little. She doesn’t even look pregnant, much less due in a week.

Margarita

My big girls are in the main part of the garage, you know, where my truck is usually parked.

Blaze and Bonnie

Haley

Cinnamon

Wanda

Bonnie

I do think we are going to make it through this cold kidding season though.  I hope we do.

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.