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In the Garage

11 Feb

With the goats getting moved out of the garage, that means Tony didn’t have any company.  You’ll notice the hay on his face. That’s a good sign that he was eating!

Tony

Welll, I did move the hen back into the garage because her leg was getting wonky again.  I think it’s arthritis because she seems to improve almost as soon as she gets in the garage where it’s warmer.

Mama Phoenix

She seems happy with the arrangement.

Anyhow, llamas are herd animals, and they do not tolerate being alone very well.  I want to keep Tony as unstressd as possible. That means I brought over some company.

Anubis

Anubis wasn’t too sure about being in there by himself.  By the time I had carried Pluto over, he was yelling for his company.

Pluto and Anubis

They both thought they should get to go back to the Love Shack, but I think they should stay with Tony.  I was kind of impressed they could both get their heads through one hole.

If nothing else, they will provide him with entertainment to watch.

That is if Anubis doesn’t get too rowdy.

Although Pluto was more interested in eating than playing.

Hopefully, they’ll settle in and be good company.  I also was hoping for the benefit of giving Tony dinner companions.

Tony

That seems to be working!

Anubis and Pluto in front (Tony behind)

Check it out on video HERE.

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Done Breeding

4 Feb

I had my bucks and does together a bit longer than I planned, but everyone is back where they belong now.

Xerxes, Fionn and Zeus

Because of our February thaw, it wasn’t too hard to get my gate open to let Fionn back on the front pasture/buck room.

Fionn (with Zeus behind)

I just had to do a little scooping of the snow along the fence.  Then I managed to get it picked up from the already thawing ground.  Cookie left the front pasture and came through the gate too, but I had to chase and catch Zinnia a couple of times and then drag her through the garage to get her back with the main herd.

Aurora

Zeus is a bit unsure of being back with the big boys.  He actually liked being the king of the greenhouse.  Xerxes says he’d never hurt some little buck.  He’s a nice guy.

Xerxes

The girls Zeus had with him were happy to be back with the rest of the herd.

LilyAnn

I got all of my old ladies back up north.  Thankfully, they were fairly cooperative (except Cupid).  Harley even walked and didn’t make me drag her!  They did also appreciate all the paths I shoveled through the snow drifts.  At least it’s back down to bare ground when it freezes (tonight).

Harley, Cupid, and Lily

With moving the old ladies, that means Tony is back to being by himself in the garage.

Tony

Well, he still had the hen’s company for a day, but she was doing much better.  She was walking well, and I gave her a toenail trim, so she got to go back to the rest of the flock.

Ms. Phoenix

The last goats I have to split up are Hera and the two little boys.  I kind of hurt both of my knees (in a completely graceless move while taking Zeus back to the buck pen), so they get to stay together for a couple more days.

Anubis, Hera, and Pluto

When I do split them up, I think I’ll put the little bucks with Tony for company.

Trying to Be Nice

16 Dec

When I put the corn stalk bedding in the birds’ pen, I thought I’d be nice.

My old red hen is really quite old (5 or 7 years), and she spent all last winter huddled in the brooder pen.  That’s where she spent most of November too, so I thought I’d put some bedding in there for her.

old red hen

She didn’t like it.  She went back to roosting on a board, but everyone seems to think it’s the perfect spot to lay their eggs now. Oh well.  At least I know where they are laying them.

The nice weather is also perfect for my old phoenix hen to come out and take a dust bath.  She’s starting to show her age too, but she still goes up in the rafters to roost with her big Nugget.

I am also trying to be nice and give the geese a clean pool of water, but the pool was still frozen to the ground.

Do not think those chickens have to drink from that gross pool.

Nugget and hen

They have clean water inside.  Finally, the ground thawed enough that I could dump the pool.  The geese were happy to get to take a bath.

Although the clean water didn’t stay clean for very long.  And while we’re in the bird pen,

I will share that the peacocks are busy growing their tales out again.  This is the same peacock.  I can’t tell you if it is dad or son.  Maybe when their tales are grown out I’ll be able to tell them apart for one last year.

It amazes me that they can lose their tale and grow completely new ones in time for spring.