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A Glitch or Two

17 Oct

Part IV of the spring break baby posts:  Even though my plan for spring break babies went well, there were a couple of minor glitches.  The first glitch is Bambi.  While I was taking Daisy over to put in with Xerxes, Bambi escaped.  She’s still where she is supposed to be with Fionn.  She just didn’t get a shot.  If she comes into heat and gets bred, that’s great.  If not.  She’ll either go in with a buck in June, or she might just retire.  We’ll see.

Bambi

Then there’s Hera.  I told you that she won’t let me touch her since I put the horn apparatus back on.  She was on the wrong side of the barnyard.

Hera

I couldn’t catch her to put her on the other side where there is no buck. She better hope she doesn’t come into heat.  Don’t you look at that little girl, Fionn!  I might also try to set a trap to catch her and throw her in with Harley.

Gidget, Hera, Fionn

My next glitch was coming home from work on Monday, when everyone was heat because of the shot I gave them, to find that Fionn and two of his girls busted into the small area where Xerxes was locked, and three of Xerxes’s girls had fled the pen.

Fionn has the horn injuries and a raw spot on his neck from Xerxes’s horn.

That meant buck fights in the pen and a whole lot of girls without a buck.  What is it about all the hormones that turn my sweet lover boys into fighters?

Xerxes has a raw spot on the back of his neck an the bruised and bloody eye and ear.

Hopefully, it wasn’t for too long and everyone still managed to get the job done.  They should heal from their minor fighting injuries without too much problem.

Mary

And when I got home Tuesday, Xerxes and Daisy were the only two left in the buck pen, so I finally gave up keeping them in the groups I wanted them in.  These goats.  I tell ya!

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Their Forever Farm

8 Oct

You know, it seems like every time I talk about something with the goats, it’s how the copper deficiency has impacted it.  Today is no different.  Milk–the copper deficiency impacts their production.  I’ve also noticed in the last few years that I just can’t keep them in milk.  They dry up well before I’m ready for them to.

Haley

I used to milk until it got too cold in the open chicken building or the first of February when I had to let them dry up to make colostrum for the next year’s kids.

Millie’s udder

This year I’ve already had two completely dry up on me and Zinnia is drying up quickly.  I’m sure getting the copper back in their systems will fix it, but I don’t know how many years it will take.

Zinnia

That means, I had to let the woman who had planned on taking Aphrodite and Hera know that she wouldn’t be able to milk them the way she wanted.

Aphrodite

Hera

That also means that they are now just staying here.

As long as Hera will decide to let me touch her again.

She hasn’t let me touch her since I had to put the horn apparatus back on her.

Horn Apparatus: Take Two

13 Sep

Zeus and Hera are at it again.  They’ve both had their heads stuck in the fence, so they both got the apparatus put back on their horns.

Zeus

Hera

These two are lucky they are so stinking cute.