Tag Archives: Hera

Updates

22 Nov

Well, everyone is hanging in there. Margarita and Myson are getting along well.  I think Myson is gaining a little weight.  Margarita is about the same, and with the cold weather I’ll call that good.

Myson and Margarita

Benji spent most of his time in the greenhouse when it was cold.  I’m also going to call it a win that he didn’t really lose any more weight while we were that cold.  Hopefully, since he has a good appetite, the copper will kick in and he’ll start picking some weight up.

Benji peeking out the door when it was still cold over the weekend.

The boys can come out of the greenhouse easily even though I had the door mostly shut to keep the wind out.  Frodo really likes his roommates.  They are much nicer than the other big bucks.

Frodo

Xerxes seems to have done something to his eye.  I’m guessing it was poked with hay, but there is no way for me to even check it out.  It was all better by the time I checked him on Monday.  Thank goodness.

Xerxes with a watery eye

Mr. Peacock is still a bit sneezy, but it isn’t as bad.  Hopefully, this more moderate weather streak will continue for a while and he will finish recovering.

Mr. Peacock

Zinnia came back into heat.  I’m actually pretty happy she didn’t get bred on one of the days Benji was out.  She really needs a longer time between babies (her girls were born right at the end of July).

Zinnia with her girls behind her

I’m not sure we’re going to get the hydrant changed yet this fall with the crazy weather.  But the cattle tank is still working, so it’s not too bad.

Antigone behind the hydrant

For some reason, Antigone and Hera were limping the other day.  I am hoping that this week (while I’m on break), I can get a lot of hooves trimmed.  That should help.

Hera resting her foot and eating at the same time.

I hope.

Easter Breeding

13 Nov

I shared that I had a plan to have a bunch of girls kid over my long Easter weekend (with the help of my sister).  The first step was sorting off my old ladies and the little girls.  I managed to get them all penned up north.  I even got the little bratopotamus Zora!

Zora hiding behind her maa, Daisy

I put my plan into action by putting Benji with the girls.

Benji looks rough; I think it’s the copper. Hopefully wethering him will help.

Then I waited and watched to see who came into heat. Sidney was first. Then it got wild.  In about two day’s time, Ava, Joy, Antigone, Daisy, Flora, Bubbles, Tansy, Hera, Cupid, Caroline, Rosie and Venus all came into heat.

Joy

The only one I was not expecting to come into heat that did was 2TC.

2TC

But Benji was very ambivalent about his job.  I would come out in the morning to find three or four girls hanging out by the fence with Xerxes and Freddie and Frodo, and Benji would be curled up napping.

Xerxes and Freddie did not think it fair that they didn’t get girls.

One day, I threw Antigone in with Freddie and Pretzel. The next day, I put Flora in there.

Flora (after everyone was back to normal)

Then I just gave up and let Frodo out with everyone.  He was happy.

Frodo

I put Benji back in the greenhouse and since Popcorn couldn’t quit fighting with Frodo, he got put in there as Benji’s company.

Popcorn liked room service

I can’t guarantee who bred anyone except the few who came into heat after I penned Benji, but I hope a lot of them settle for Easter.

Hera came into heat on that last day when only Frodo was out.

Because fewer hormones floating around out here will make life much easier.

One Last Job

8 Nov

Benji gets wethered next week, but this week, he has one last job to do.

Benji (still in prison last weekend–hard to take pictures with the short days) and Chiffon

All those girls who came into heat three weeks ago are due to come back into heat, and Benji gets most of them.

Antigone

They will be due Easter weekend, and my sister is coming to help me the first of that week in case anyone goes over.

Astra

Hopefully, I get more amazing Benji babies since these will be the last of them.

Perdita (I think she’s bred), Hera and Tansy

And I am giving Frodo another chance with Pretzel (if I can keep her shut in where she belongs).

Pretzel

Hopefully, this will work and I won’t have all those kids in June when it’s harder for the moms and kids.