Tag Archives: Hera

They Aren’t Helping

15 Aug

We finally woke up to some rain on Monday morning.  We didn’t end up with a lot, but it was enough to keep the goats and llamas in the barn most of the day.

Aurora (a couple of bucks just before they left) and Maybeline in back

That means I didn’t get to do any scooping.  That’s okay.  I kept busy with making cheese and preparing and freezing beans and making zucchini chips.  Tuesday would be better!

But, Tuesday morning started foggy.  It was so wet that it felt like it was raining even though it wasn’t  That means the goats were in the barn again.

I can’t scoop with them in the barn because some of them act like I’m going to use the potato fork on them.

Cupid

Others want to know where their treat is or just rub their face up and down my backside (seriously Casey).

Harley and Casey

Still others seem to think the spot I need to scoop is a nice place for napping.

Mary with Tootles and Bubbles

Again, I kept myself busy with canning and preparing and dehydrating foods.

chevre draining

By late morning, they went out to pasture and I could get some scooping done.  Sadly, my deadline of going back to work is getting here faster than I would like, but it will be done! How do I know that? Yesterday, we had unseasonably cool weather and the critters went out to pasture early, so I took the opportunity to work on the last section.  It’s done!

All I have left to do is touch up the floor and clean out the manger in the second section (behind Hera and Gidget) and put down a layer of cornstalk bedding.

Hera and Gidget

I think it will fit on the spreader.

Seriously, theis is the second full spreader from the barn.  Those llamas really need to keep their poop piles out of the barn.

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Goats in Pasture

12 Aug

Since we’ve mowed the Back Forty, I’ve let the goats out on the back part again.

They are really enjoying it.

Even though we have horrible dry conditions, they still have lots to eat out there.

Cupid

Dolly

Not only is it good to eat, they can enjoy lying down and rubbing on the grass.

Bubbles

Apparantly Bubbles has been watching her maa, Mary.

Mary

Like mother; like daughter!

Penelope tried that too, but she couldn’t help but grab a blade of grass to nibble on.

Penelope

They spend a crazy amount of time out there wandering around and napping and eating.

LilyAnn and Ringo

Victoria

Pepe

Some of my June kids go out; some are still staying in the barnyard.

Cookie and Marge

Aphrodite feeding Button

Myson, as usual, was glued to my side.

Myson

At least, this is one fence Hera isn’t going to get stuck in. Thank goatness!

Hera

I am really  happy to have Pluto back with everyone.  He’s such a sweet little guy.

Pluto

We’re all enjoying the mowed grass.

Holy Crazy Hormones

5 Aug

It’s important to keep slip-on shoes handy by the door.  As I was getting ready to put on my sneakers, I saw the llama fly past in pursuit of a goat.  I switched into emergency mode, slipped on my shoes and ran out the door.  That allowed me to hear the orgling.

Tony Llama

It’s nice to know I’m not so old that I can’t run because Tony was determined to breed Pluto, my itty bitty wether.  My mom had just arrived, so I grabbed Pluto and got him shoved into the garage with her.

Pluto

I threatened Tony with being turned into a wether, and he just kept orgling.  Then Zeus didn’t help because he tried jumping Tony (the wrong end).

Zeus

Then Tony went after Anubis.  I was a little worried, but Anubis likes his horns, and a quick jab was all it took to get Tony to back off.  That got Tony to settle down, thankfully.

Anubis

Xerxes was off making out with Maggie while all of this was going on, but I’m not worried about him either.

Xerxes and Maggie

He’s a big boy.

Xerxes

I’m guessing the bucks coming into rut and the girls starting to come into heat didn’t help Tony. He just wants to do his job, but really.

By the way, with Fionn not feeling well, Xerxes has been promoted to my main herd sire. I’m pretty sure he’s up for the job.

Anyhow, I brought Pluto back into the main herd.

Pluto

It has been almost a year since he was with his mom and the rest of the herd, and I don’t think he’s much bigger than he was then.  He didn’t make it out to pasture with everyone.

Pluto and Aurora

So after lunch, I walked with him out to pasture to find the herd.  He followed me through the barn, down the lane and out to pasture.  We went across the bottom, through the gates, had a leaf as a snack, and went up the hill.

You get pictures of this because we had a renactment the next day.

Finally, we made it to the rest of the herd.  I tried to get him to go with his mom, but she’s not sure about him being back with the group.

Dolly and Pluto

I thought it was going to be pretty easy, but once we got out there, he was glued to my side.  I couldn’t get away from him.  He butted heads with Hera for a while.

Hera

Finally, I managed to sneak away.

When I checked on him later, he was just lying in the middle of everyone.  He is such a little sweetie.

It’s easy to forget he’s over a year old.  He’s more closely matched to Pepe, the smallest of my March kids.  These two make a good pair.

Pluto in front; Litha and Pepe in back

Pepe

I will say, Anubis was a bit upset about his twin brother being taken from him.

Zeus and Anubis; Pluto on the other side

But he still has his buddy Zeus to keep him company.

Hopefully, Tony will settle down.

Otherwise, he might have to get wethered.  I’d kind of like to not have to do that until I get to at least see the babies he made with Maybeline and Odie.