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Who’s Got to Go

3 Oct

With the delays in selling the rest of my March kids, I’m afraid I’m going to have to give every one of my girls a shot to prevent oopsie babies because those boys…  I’m afraid it’s going to mess me up for spring break babies too, but I can’t have them trying to kid in February when I’m at work.  I wish I could have sold them (copper, worms) or shut them away from everyone, but I am out of safe places for them.  Fionn or the other big bucks would hurt them.

Xerxes, Mary and Tootles

Mary was in heat and had every little buck around her.

back to front: Zeus, Xerxes, Mary, Tootles, Ringo, and Peanut

Except for Pepe.  He’s my sweet little boy.  How I wish I could find a forever farm for him as a wether.  He’d be a perfect pet.

Pepe

Peanut was after Gidget.

Peanut and Gidget

It’s a wild hormone-filled place right now.  Those little boys have got to go this weekend!

Cutie in love with Xerxes (Button in front)

While I’m at it, I’m going to take the June boys.  I’ll sell all the rest of the girls the next time.

Jailed and Exiled

11 Aug

Hormones really have kicked in.  It seems like the calendar change to August was like flipping a switch for the girls to come into heat.  Thursday night really saw a lot of girls flicking their tails and hanging out by the bucks.

Cupid and Xerxes

Cinnamon was all loopy and jumping the other girls.

Cinnamon and Hera

Thursday evening, I had to catch Doc because he was relentlessly chasing Caroline around the barnyard.

Doc

Friday morning, Zinnia was being chased through the barnyard by about five of the March bucks.

Zinnia and Joy

That was bad enough, but then they went after Joy.

Joy

I caught them and shut them in prison until I could tag and sell them on Saturday.

“We’re innocent!”

I have threatened Harley if she gets bred through the fence.  It would just kill her with her back injury.

Harley

So she left Xerxes and went to tortured the March bucks.

“How you doin’?” “Love that scent you’re wearing. Come let me get a better whiff.”

They kind of deserved it.  Anyhow, there’s eight fewer bucks on the farm.  I have eight more March kids to leave the farm, and then it will just be the June kids that need sold later in the fall.

Heat Advisory

30 Jun

Welll, we’ve had pretty decent temperatures this summer, but we are now in excessive heat.

Our feels-like temperatures are well over 100°F (37.78°C).  That is really hard for the animals.

Victoria

I spend most of my day checking everyone and making sure they have clean water.

Cookie’s girls: Chiffon and Marge

For the most part, everyone was doing well.  My usual few goats stay up in the barnyard.  I think they might have just figured out that they’re going to get some sweet feed.

Penelope

The llama girls were doing well.  They were feeling cranky enough to keep spitting.

Aurora

Tony is one that had me worried.  He was open mouth breathing.  I tried bribing him to come into the garage.

Tony Llama

I could have had all of the goats in there with me.  They have no problems walking through an open door when you show them that there’s food on the other side of it.  Tony.  I had to halter, and he still wouldn’t let me lead him through.  I was skidding in his poop pile that he had to make right in the doorway.  During all this struggle, he wasn’t acting too stressed, so I left him.  Then I saw him out in the sun trying to eat.  I suggested eating under a shade tree, but he’s a dude.  Then he was back inside panting again.  Once again, I tried bribing him, and this time, I got him to come into the garage!

It’s cooler and he has cool concrete to lie on and a cool bucket of water, and I even turned the air conditioner on.  It’s still set to 80º F (26.67ºC), but it is better than outside.

The birds are the other animals that don’t like the heat.   The geese are fine.

The chickens don’t tolerate the heat well though.

I was glad that I remembered I had frozen a bag of tomatoes at the end of the garden season when I was sick of canning.  Guess who enjoyed a nice frozen treat. It didn’t take long for them to figure out they were nice and cold.

I also moved Mama Phoenix outside after the sun was on the other side of the barn.  This let her have a bit of breeze.

Hopefully, we can get back to more normal temperatures soon.

Sky

Until then, Sky says he’ll be lounging in the air conditioning.