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Once Again…

3 Jan

I looked out the window one day last week just as the goats were headed out to pasture. I went out (I think it was to let the geese out), and they all came running back to the barnyard on the off chance I might give them food.

That’s when I noticed two goats fighting in the lane.  A closer look showed it was Myson and Zeus.  What the heck?  He was in Alcatraz.

Myson and Zeus

At least they were coming back from pasture.

Haley leading the way (Caroline beind; Myson in the door; Venus peeking through the fence)

I just had to wait until he came through the barn door and grab a horn.  He was pretty easy to lead back to where he belonged.

Then they showed me how my twine around the “gate” was busted.

Casey, Moose (behind), Myson, and Zeus

Fat wethers were trying to play with him.  They popped it open.  Brats.

fat boy wethers

Of course, Clover had to be in heat.

Clover with Xerxes

That means another shot to prevent oopsie babies.  I am really getting tired of this.

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.