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Water Through a Fence

26 Mar

There’s an old saying that if you throw a bucketful of water at a fence and any gets through, it won’t hold a goat.  Well, there might be a lot of truth to that.

Litha walking through a fence several years ago.

When I bought my farm ten years ago, the first thing I had to do was fix fence around the Back Forty.  And I did replace fence on three sides.

Right after we put the fence in.

That left one section (on two sides) that did not get replaced, but I did my best hobbling job, and it actually worked really well until last summer.  Last summer I think I had to open the panel by the lane to let goats in every day.  Seriously.  It was quite a pain.

leaning and hobbled, but still working when this image was taken a few years ago

It started again this spring as soon as they went out to pasture, so I followed them to see where they were getting through.  That little spot is where they were sneaking under.

Penelope and Hera were my two main offenders.

Hera and Penelope

I added a little section of panel and figured that should do the trick.

Penelope checking it out.

Penelope tried going through before I even had it secured.  Luckily, she can get her head back out from the panel.

When I got done tying it tight (with Moose supervision),

Moose

I stood up and turned around to see…

Dang Penelope!  I couldn’t do anything until she came back through, so I decided to just hang with the rest of the herd for a little bit when I turned to see…

Hera

She’s almost five months pregnant (which is why I didn’t grab a leg and wrestle her back out).

Hera with Caroline on the right side of the fence

Don’t worry; she got back through, and I did some more hobbling.  I’m sure that will take care of the problem until the next time they go out to pasture.  My hope is that this last stretch will get replaced this summer.

What Have I Done?

19 Feb

With Maggie aborting, it threw me into a panic of who else might be bred. I spent some time last weekend doing udder checks–feeling udders to see who might be pregnant.  There’s no need to check Blaze.  I just need her to pop those oopsie babies out so I can quit getting up at two in the morning.

Blaze

No need to check Gidget either.  She’s obviously due for spring break, just like I planned.

Joani, Gidget, Cutie, Bubbles

I checked all my little girls, and they are good–no udders growing.  Well, except, I couldn’t truly check Bubbles because she threw a hissy fit and wouldn’t let me touch her, but I will keep trying to check her.

Bubbles

Her maa, however, is another story.  Mary is definitely making an udder.

Mary

I also think Joani is going to have kids well before June.  You might recall, she just spent time with Fionn to get bred.  I think that was a waste of time now.

Joani

I’m guessing she’ll be due around the other girls who Zeus bred for the first week of April.

Cupid and Hera are both expecting the first part of April (and making udders)

I was suspicious about Cookie a while ago, so I felt her again, and I am afraid she is pregnant.  She really struggled last year, so I had no intention of breeding her.  Like Maggie, she’d been given a shot to prevent it.

Cookie

Then I checked Dolly because I know she shouldn’t be bred.  I gave her two or three shots (every dang time Zeus got out).  I really hate to say it, but she feels like she’s making an udder.

Pluto (her last kid) and Dolly

She’s going to be twelve this summer.  At this point, I began wondering if I was wrong and just couldn’t tell if they were making an udder.  I hope I’m wrong.

I checked Litha and Stormy and Bonnie and Harley–all goats I’ve seen in heat.  Not making an udder.

Stormy

Luckily, Coral, who has never had a baby, isn’t making an udder.

Coral (Reva behind her is due for spring break)

I didn’t check Penny because she hurts me when I touch her udder, but I’ll try to sneak a feel when I can find an opportunity.

Penny

All these really old girls (or the ones I was just planning on retiring), are getting extra care (food and copper).

Cinnamon

Bambi

I hope it’s enough.  I really do wonder if the bottle of lutalyse was bad.  I’ve never had it fail before.

Escaped!

17 Feb

Maisie decided she wasn’t happy staying in the buck room pasture with just her kid.  She needed to join the rest of the herd out in pasture.

So they did.

Uno and Maisie

I think Uno had a good time.


Although, he did have a bit of a problem with the girls picking on him.

Venus and Uno

Uno and Marge

Seriously.  They even ganged up on him.

But, his mom would see what was going on, and she’d go protect him.

Maisie and Uno

What’s the first thing you want after having a bunch of bratty girls pick on you–comfort from mom.

The girls all took off as soon as Maisie got close.  I’m pretty sure they won’t be picking on him again (until Maisie turns her back).

Bad girls on the run

You can see a video of him trying to figure out how to cross the ditch HERE.  I finally tossed him across.

It’s all good.  He made it back to the barnyard, and they settled in for a nap.

I can’t believe how big he’s getting already.