Tag Archives: Harley

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.

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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.

Cinnamon Insists

18 May

I noticed the other day that one side of Cinnamon’s udder looked quite full.  She was also kind of talking to me in a demanding voice, so I milked her out.

Cinnamon Blackboer

Now she’s decided that it’s an everyday thing.  She’s weaning Norm so she can go in to be milked.

Well, in all fairness, he’s old enough to be weaned.

Cinnamon and Norm

It still hasn’t been long enough since they were wormed for me to use the milk, so it’s going to the freezer for future bottle kids.

Because Cinnamon insists on being milked, I have Dolly, Haley and Stormy lining up to be milked too.  They, however, are not weaning their kids.

Dolly with LilyAnn, Sidney, and Andy

Stormy’s teats are usually wet and slimy from Ghost having just nursed when she comes in.

Ghost

I’m going to have to figure out how to wean some kids, so I can start milking in earnest.  I have the feeling I’m going to need it soon to help with some June triplets.

Harley

I also have a Cutie Pie who must remember me telling her she’d get to be a milking girl when she grew up.

Cutie Pie Goodberry

I must have forgot to mention the whole having a baby first part because she’s as insistent as Cinnamon that she needs to come into the milk room and eat some sweet feed.  I guess I’ll call it training.

I do hope you’ll come back tomorrow for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.