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Back to Normal

24 Jul

Now that the fence is finished, we are pretty much back to normal here.

The new fence

I moved the bucks (Xerxes, Freddie and Milo) back to the front pasture.

Freddie, Milo and Xerxes

I will replace some of the panels here with the old, heavier ones we removed from the old fence.

Xerxes

I’ll keep adding more bucks as I wean them.

Quatro is almost as big as his maa, Mary.

I really need to work on catching some of these wild boys to wean.

Cinquain

I moved my two girls from the Love Shack.  Before I moved them, I did catch them and give them copper.

Fannie and Six

They are much happier with a bigger space and green stuff to munch on.

Fannie and Six

I’m going to try to move Penny up with them because her arthritis is increasingly bothering her.

Penny

The little kids who had never been out to pasture before are figuring it out.

Stitch and Purl are experts; Archie is new.

Mostly.

Archie and Edith forgotten in the barnyard

Edith keeps getting left in the barnyard, but Antigone is a good mom.  She comes up and feeds her and then Edith can’t seem to figure out how to follow her back out to pasture.

Kate with mama Antigone

Everyone else is back on the front have of the Back Forty.

Gidget

Haley

Maybeline, Odie, and Aurora

spread out on the front part of the Back Forty

Life is good!

This Is Getting Old

15 May

Guess what!  I went out to pasture on Thursday and the goats were out.  Seriously.  This time it was over half the herd.

Hera across the fence from Ares and Festus

Luckily, when we put the fence up back there we left a panel at the end in case of an emergency.  Well, this was an emergency.

I opened it and they came back in.  The kids who were not on the same side as their moms were quite happy.

Hera finally feeding her kids

Gidget too.

Gidget feeding Brutus and Bronc

I couldn’t even find where they got through. You’d think it would be fairly obvious when you have Moose and Casey getting through.

Moose and Casey (with Ruby in front)

Anyhow, that was a project for the next morning.  I think I’ve got it now.  At least for today.  I’m about ready to quit going out to pasture to check on them.

Kids and Geese

14 Apr

Saturday morning, I noticed that I wasn’t tripping over Popcorn while I was checking Cinnamon.  I dared to hope that meant he had joined the rest of the herd and went to pasture.  I thought I better check.  Besides, I had my camera and wanted to see if I could photograph the Canada geese I’d been hearing all morning.

Unfortunately, the three kids that got left up in the barnyard decided I would be good to follow out to pasture to find their maas.

Brutus, 2TC, and Bronc

Of course, Blaze and Gidget were answering their kids and it was loud and crazy and the kids took off for their moms.

Blaze, kids, Reva, Gidget (meadowlark in the tree)

As a bonus, I got to photograph an eastern meadowlark. They’re back!

Anyhow, back to the story. Please note there were three barriers to reaching their maas–Canada geese, the ditch, and a fence.  The geese were the biggest concern to me because they can be nasty.  They kept a good distance from the one standing on the open bottom.

There were two more sitting closer to the ditch.

The kids’ path took them right by those geese.

Luckily, the birds ignored the kids.  Maybe it’s because I was there too.  Anyhow, they decided to take off.

The kids went right over the ditch.  (Well, these two did; Brutus got his back feet wet.)

2TC and Bronc

Then the kids made it to the fence, and I was right there with them.  As luck would have it, Popcorn was right there, so my mission of checking on him was accomplished.

Popcorn

I caught each of the other kids and dumped them on the other side of the fence.

Gidget with Brutus and Bronc; Popcorn in the middle; Blaze and 2TC in back

Poor Popcorn looked disappointed that I wasn’t joining him or that I didn’t bring him a bottle.

They all made it back to the barnyard safely though.