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Back in the Deep Freeze

15 Jan

Yesterday’s temperatures weren’t too bad–a little below average with a fairly cold wind, but it was okay.  Overnight we had snow, the temperatures dropped to around the zero mark (-17.8 *C) and the winds picked up.

That’s where we’re sitting until it starts to improve on Wednesday.  I was so focused on checking animals and quickly snapping a couple of pictures that I didn’t even notice the sun dogs until I got the pictures onto the computer.

I’m glad I didn’t have to work today because of the MLK holiday.  I went out and gave the animals an extra feeding this morning.  Everyone but Lily got up to eat.  That means I hauled Lily back to the garge with Aurora and Stormy and Vixen.  It didn’t take her long to quit shivering and take advantage of the hay inside.

Lily

Unfortunately, Pistol is not an assertive goat, and everyone kept looking at her or acting like they were going to pick on her (or actually butting her), and she kept going outside with her girl, Astra, following her.  This is not where I want them when the windchills are at -22*F (-30*C).  I kept finding them shivering on the south side of the barn, and when I came out to take a couple of pictures, they were just standing in the middle of the barnyard.

Pistol and Astra

You guessed it.  I hauled them to the garage too.  We’re pretty much at maximum capacity in there.

I think I’m going to have to kick my car out or something if this crazy up and down deep freeze weather continues.

Vixen was considering being naughty and picking on Pistol, but I scolded her and she thought better of it–at least while I was standing there.  I hope they all settle down.

If the weather could just be a little less all over the place it would help.

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Gaining Weight

10 Jan

I think the ulcer medication has really helped Aurora.  She’s eating well, and I think she’s actually gaining weight.  It’s hard to tell when I see her everyday.  I did finally feel her back, and I think she feels better.

Aurora

I did kick a couple of the goats out of the garage.  Vinnie joined Sam to get bred for June babies.

Vinnie

Lily was a pain.  The moment I put her in the garage, she decided she had to tip the food tubs over to find that one best morsel that was obviously on the bottom of the tub.  Lots of wasted  hay with that method of eating, so she got kicked out with our warmer weather.

Aurora (Aurora doesn’t like the camera flash.  Can you tell?) and Lily

She whined when I put her out, so I felt guilty and let her back in the garage.  Later, she acted like she really wanted out, so I put her back outside.  She seemed okay with that, but now she’s spending all of her time fighting with Victoria through the fence.  Seriously, Lily.  What a pain!

I did leave Vixen in the garage with Aurora because Vixen is also old and not very far up the food chain.  She’s also a much daintier eater.

Vixen

I think these two will get along; although, Vixen is acting like she wants more goat company.  Sigh.  I just can’t make everyone happy.

They might be in here together most of the winter.  We’ll see how much weight I can get on Aurora.

We Need Grass

1 Oct

The dirt work is done, but I still don’t have grass.  It’s been horribly dry, and I’m trying to figure out the best time to plant.

Annie and Caroline

Right now, it’s only good for finding oak leaves that have fallen.

Victoria and Cinnamon; Sidney in front

Or gotten stuck in the fence.

Hopefully, by next spring we’ll have some grass again.