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A Herd Divided

23 Apr

I still have my herd divided into two groups.  I have the moms that recently had kids on the smaller front pasture.

That would be Astra through the second spring break moms.

Astra, Avril, Joker and Jester (poor girl always has a kid attached to her udder)

Everyone else is on the Back Forty.

That includes the first nineteen kids born this year; although Uno barely counts as a kid anymore.

Maybeline and Aurora with a bunch of the kids

There is a fence dividing the two groups.

Back Forty on the left; front pasture on the right

I really want to put them back together because I have so much I need to get done, but it’s hard when I have gates and fences and such.  I’m just waiting for the littles to get a bit bigger, so they can keep up with the herd.

Chrys, Tish, Tilly, Tansy, and Six

Hopefully, I can integrate the two groups this weekend.

What Is That Smell?

1 Oct

Skunk.  Ew.  Who smells like a skunk?

Maybeline

Maybeline!

If you’re going to protect the herd from a skunk, I’d really prefer you didn’t get yourself sprayed.

That scent does not come out of thick llama wool.

Annie’s Luck

16 Aug

Yesterday when I was doing chores, I went to put more minerals in the pans in the greenhouse and was really surprised to see Annie was in there instead of out in pasture with everyone else.  She looked horribly dumpy and acted really out of it.  She did take off when I checked her eyes.  I followed her into the barnyard, and as she went away from me I noticed she had blood on her back side.  When I got closer and caught her, I saw her vulva was mangled.

I shut her in the Love Shack and called the vet.  After our conversation and getting a bit closer look (so hard to see with a black goat), she also had a couple of wounds on her leg and one on her udder.  It was apparently a coyote attack.

I called my nephew to come hold her while I gave her shots (tetanus, pain killer and antibiotics), and I was shocked to hear a lone coyote just north of my barnyard, yipping with no response.  I would guess this is the one that attacked–in the middle of the afternoon–in the couple of hours she had been out to pasture with the herd before they came back because of sprinkles.

Annie

I don’t know what to do.  We’ve ordered materials to put a fence up to keep them away from the woodlot.  But this coyote was right by the barnyard.  I have five llamas on the farm, but they seem to be rather fat and lazy.

Maybeline

I’m just grateful her injuries aren’t worse.  I will keep her shut in a few days to recover and watch for infections.  My nephew, bless his heart, is coming to help hold her again (I might be repaying his kindness with feta).  Now Caroline just wants to know why she is getting shut in with her mother.

Caroline keeping Annie company

I thought Annie would feel better having her daughter with her.