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Winter Chores

10 Jan

Winter chores take me quite a while to do.  I have to make sure everyone gets their grain.

Purl and Freddie

While I’m going in and out of the birds’ room where the grain is kept, I also feed the birds and gather the eggs.  A lot of them froze last week, but the warmer weather has let me gather them before they freeze.

Then I start haying the main group.

Maisie

That’s a distraction so I can feed Aurora her extra feed.

Aurora

Trust me, I have to guard her the whole time she’s eating.

Maisie coming to see if she can get the llama feed.

I also let Dolly in to eat every day.  Tansy usually goes in also.  On this day, my old lady Bambi demonstrated her still quick moves and snuck past me to get an extra snack of sweet feed.

Bambi and Tansy

I’ve also started letting Pretzel go in and eat in the middle of the barn while I feed hay.

Pretzel

I have to make sure that Perdita can find a place to eat, and under the picnic table seems to work well.

Perdita

Every everyone has had grain and hay I still have to do water for everyone.

I’m so grateful for the hydrant and heated buckets.

 

I think everyone is hanging in right now.

The End of Summer

19 Sep

I think I do a post every year complaining about the end of summer.  It’s the time when pasture quality is low (although that’s been an all summer issue), worms are a real threat, my moms are run down from raising babies,

Hilda feeding Frodo and Rosie

and I’m in a race to get kids grown up enough to sell without them getting wormy, and wondering if I should give copper or not.  It’s my least favorite time of year, every year.

Tansy with her daughter, Sunshine

This year is no exception.  Lemuel picked up worms.  He was wormed and given copper.  I think he’s doing a little better.  I’ll keep a close eye on him.

Lemuel

I have a couple of girls who are thin.  I have no idea why Reva looks so bad.

Reva

Gidget also had a bit of diarrhea and is thin.

Gidget

With the girls not doing as well, I decided I need to get them back on grain.

It took all of about two days for them to figure out to be up here waiting for me when I get home from work.

Cinnamon (right) and her daughter, Athena, searching for spilled corn

Smarty pantses.

Too Smart

3 Jul

Goats are the smartest of the barnyard animals.  They are too smart for their own good.  Once again, Moose has opened the pen and let the birds out and the goats in.

Moose

I even put a chain around the gate instead of the twine I had been using.  I don’t know if I didn’t get it slipped on properly or if he pulled just right for it to come out.  I’ve added a carabiner. If that doesn’t work. I don’t know what else to do.

Again, if they get too much grain, it will kill them.  The next morning Purl had diarrhea.  That’s a good thing. It indicates her body is still moving and isn’t blocked.  As of yet, nobody else has shown any signs.

Purl

The hens just went back in.  They are also pretty easy.

obviously, we’re molting

You might remember this is also how I lost my other peacock.  Thankfully, this one is pretty calm.  I grabbed his entire full tail (if you grab just one, he’ll let it out) and worked up to his body so I could pick him up.

nice long tail on Mr. Peacock right now

I am ready to strangle smart goats.  Between him and…