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Weaning Woes or Not

1 Jul

I was a bit surprised when Cutie announced she wanted to come in and get milked.  Last year, I tried to wean her kid and milk her, but she threw such a hissy fit I had to give her daughter back to her and wait to start milking…twice.  Then I sold her kid, and she had no problems with letting me milk.

Cutie

This year she has two kids on her.  I decided if she wanted to get milked, I’d wean her kids and see how it went.  I put Addie on the front pasture, and I put Milo with Xerxes (since I sold Uno).

Milo

That evening Cutie came in and let me milk her. I’m not sure she let all of her milk down, but she did let me milk.

Cutie and Cinnamon–yes they are racing to see who gets milked first

Cinnamon won, but Cutie waited patiently for her turn.

When I went out later to shut the birds in for the night, I saw Addie with her mom.  I still don’t know how she escaped.  Now some goats with twins will not let one kid eat unless the other is there.  Other moms will let a kid nurse whenever.  I figured I would know which Cutie was in the morning and hoped I’d at least get Milo’s share of milk.  But Cutie is a both kids or none mom.  She had a full udder in the morning!

Addie is out in pasture with her mom.

Addie itching (Tilly front; Octavius middle, Myson and Cutie back)

She thinks she’s really special having escaped me.  I honestly don’t care who weans her–me or Cutie.

I’m guessing as long as Milo stays put, I’ll get to keep getting all of her milk!

“It’s not fair!” -Milo

Well, most of it.  The next evening after her escape it looks like Addie managed to skim two or three inches off my milk from Cutie.

I guess I can share until I manage to catch her again and figure out how to keep her weaned.  I’m actually okay with sharing for a little bit because Cutie, for some reason, is a lot harder for me to milk.

Plans Change

13 Jun

I always have several things going on around here and trying to figure out how to get everything done in a timely manner sometimes is a challenge.  Three things all came together on Friday.  Aphrodite was in the Love Shack with Archie.

Archie

I have to plan for Hilda’s babies coming because I’ll need the Love Shack for that because she’s a brat (important as the story moves forward).

Hilda

I also need to wean some kids to start milking.  I’m almost out of my Mozzarella from last year.

Addie

So, Friday morning I decided it was time to wean Freddie and Fannie.  It’s a difficult thing to figure out because those kids are super experts at figuring out how to escape and get back to their maas.  Freddie I could easily put up with Xerxes and Uno, but I needed to put Fannie somewhere.

Freddie

I decided to catch her and put her in with Aphrodite and Archie.  Then I could move all of them to the front pasture sometime next week.

Fannie

When I caught her, I did notice Hilda was standing, and it made me wonder, but she’s not due until June 20th (at least the closest I could come to a due date for her by extrapolating forward from the last time I saw her in heat).  Anyhow, when I came back out later to see about catching Freddie, it was obvious that Hilda had dropped and her udder had popped.  Babies were coming.

Hilda

I put Freddie up north and started trying to figure out what to do with Hilda because she was trying to head out to pasture.  That was not going to happen, so I worked to get her back in the barnyard and shut the lane.

Then the fun began–Fannie was crying for her mom; Hilda was in labor and smacking at everyone who came close to her because she couldn’t find anywhere she wanted to give birth; Uno kept jumping Freddie;

Ava was answering both of her kids shut in different places.  So the plan changed.  I let Freddie and Fannie out.  I’ll have to re-evaluate weaning tomorrow or whenever.

Ava

Aphrodite and Archie got moved onto the front pasture.  I hope Aphrodite doesn’t take Archie out on pasture and lose him there.

Aphrodite and Archie

Hilda got shut in the Love Shack.

Tomorrow I’ll let you know how that turned out.

That Girl!

5 Jun

I have to say, since I posted about Penelope and her fence issues, she has continued to improve.  I think she’s only been stuck once in the last week.  I do hope she continues to remember she can’t get back out anymore.  I am encouraged.

Edit: Of course, writing about how well she’s doing jinxed it.  She got stuck again yesterday right after I scheduled this post.  Poor baby was all hot and I thought I was going to have heat stroke after traversing the entire perimeter of the pasture.  Sigh…

Penelope

Just for the fun of it, Pluto decided he needed a reminder in that lesson.  He got stuck one evening and then the next morning.  Luckily, he inherited his maa’s big mouth.  I could hear him stuck in the south fence when I was on the north edge of the property.

Pluto

I chided him.  But seriously, how could I ever be mad at this sweet face?

I suggested to his mother, Dolly, that she have a conversation with him as well.  So far, it seems to be helping.

Dolly

Then there’s that girl, Addie!  Oh boy.  She is one that has been on the wrong side of the fence several times.  It was so bad that I had to haul panels and fix the places where the coyotes have dug under the fence.  I know they’ll do it again, but I really needed to put a stop to the silliness for now.

Then when I was checking everyone, I noticed I’m going to have to do some major repair work where the ditch exits the Back Forty.  Luckily, Daisy was just nibbling the grass at the top, and she left when I called her name.

Daisy (Ruby and Onyx on the near side and Caroline going the proper direction)

But a couple of kids found a spot where they could sneak through. This spot was created when Zinnia got her horns tangled in there last week.  It really has been a bit naughty around here.

Luckily, it is still my property, but there isn’t a fence there.  As long as they come back and stay off the road they are fine, but I’ll fix this little section too.

Jester enjoying multiflora rose leaves

Of course, Addie is one of the two who was out.

Addie

Then she’s also had her head stuck in the fence several times in the last couple of weeks.  But she does it horribly.  I checked everyone and they were all in the barnyard or the lane, so I went in.  When I let the dog out before bed, I heard a goat.  In my jammies, I went out with a flashlight and found Addie.  She had her back feet on the ground.  Her front feet were stretched up a little ledge, and then her head was reached up even more before she got it stuck through where there wasn’t even any food!  It was a challenge, but I got her out.

Stop it!

She got stuck the next night.  Then the other morning I heard a goat again.  In the heat, I hiked clear to the back fence and got her head out.  Before I could direct her to the rest of the herd, she took off.  She would not listen to me.  Finally, she ended up back up in the barnyard by herself.

Addie with brother Milo

That girl is driving me nuts.