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Unmixing the Goats

29 Jan

You might have guessed from my three little girls’ letter that I removed the girls from their pens with the bucks.  It had been right at three weeks, so they should have all had a chance to come into heat.  If not, I’m not kidding into July, so they’ll get the year off or retire.  I really do wish the goats could make things easier when we try to do things like this.  The three little girls really did make it difficult to get them out of the pen with Xerxes, but I did finally entice them to come out.

Dolly with girls Sidney and LilyAnn

Haley and Harley were easy to get out of the buck pen with Fionn.  Victoria and Reva were not too bad.

Harley

Cookie was a pain.  She ended up hanging out with Fionn by herself for a while.

Cookie

I caught Sam and trimmed his hooves before I put him back up with Xerxes.  I just left the Love Shack gate open, and that means Vinnie was back with the rest of the girls.

Sam

Then I finally got Cookie to come out.

Finally, that meant all the girls were back in the main barnyard where I wanted them!

Unfortunately, it was late enough in the day by the time I got all of this done that the goats didn’t go back out to pasture.  That means I had to leave Fionn all by himself for the night.

Fionn

I wasn’t about to try to walk him through the whole herd after the fat boy wethers tried playing with Sam while I was walking him.

Myson and Casey (aka brothers from another mother)

Because those boys were really wound up with all the changes going on.

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Still Improving

4 Nov

It has been hard to try and get Margarita out with the rest of the herd because of work and weather. Today she was looking wistfully out to pasture where the rest of the herd was browsing.

Margarita

It’s been cold enough that I put a heat lamp in the Love Shack so she could snuggle down and stay warm, but it was warmer today (but damp).

I decided it would be a good afternoon to come out.  She seemed to be happy to stretch her legs and get some loving.

Biscuit was checking her out.  It’s been a while since they were together.

Biscuit and Margarita

She saw her mom.  Of course, the first thing she wanted to do was nurse, but you can tell she knew her mom wasn’t going to let her.

Margarita and Maggie

Finally, they went out to pasture again.  She hurried to get past Harley without getting hit.

Margarita and Harley

Finally, there was green stuff to eat.

That’s what she needs.  When you see her with the other kids, it’s obvious that she still has a lot of muscle to regain.

Margarita and Caroline

She is still improving though.

Harley’s Babies

7 Jun

Have you ever thought you had time to do something and then it turns out you were wrong?  Harley thought she’d go out to pasture with everyone last night for an after grain evening snack.  As I watched her stiffly walking across the barnyard, I noticed she had dropped and her udder had popped.  I thought it might have been better for her to stay up here, but the goats usually do a pretty good job of coming back up.

Harley and baby

Well, about fifteen minutes later, I saw Harley coming back from pasture by herself.  As she hurried up the lane, she had amniotic fluid spurting out with every step.  She got to the barn and was going to stay there.  I really did not want her to give birth on the llamas’ poop pile (yes, they pile their poop, usually exactly where I don’t want it).  That means I had to drag her to the love shack.  She does not simply walk.  That would be too easy.  So I drug her there, leaking fluid the whole way.

It only took about fifteen minutes of her panting and talking and acting all crazy before she finally laid down and gave one small push.  At that point, I could see feet and nose.  I was going to untuck the hooves so the baby would come out easier when Harley stood up, and because I was holding the baby’s hooves, it fell out.  That sent Harley into a nose dive.  She really was being a bit crazy.

 

She cleaned her first little girl off and I kept waiting for the next one, but there were no obvious contractions.  After about fifteen minutes, I checked and the feet were right there.  It was only another minute before she laid down and did one little push.  Baby girl two had arrived!

She kept cleaning and drying and had finally settled down just a little bit when baby three had back legs out.  I did pull this one because I don’t like letting them sit there partway out, and she really wasn’t pushing much at all.  It was all okay because baby girl three was here!

She has three beautiful little girls.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.