Tag Archives: I’m the one in charge

Getting the Hay In

18 Jul

Yesterday morning, my nephew came out and we got ready for the hay to be put in the barn.  He had to remove the round bale feeder (like the big compost pile it left in the middle) because we couldn’t get the hay in otherwise.

Since he had to come do that, he helped me with cleaning the barn out.  The pile he made is on the right side of the picture above.  It’s better in there, but I still have a pile that I will have to finish doing by hand because he couldn’t get it with the tractor.

Then I put the gate across the door to keep the llamas out because I’d had enough llama supervision the day before.

My nephew went out to rake the hay into windrows so it would be ready to bale.

The goats just went about their routine while he raked.

After he had enough done for the small square bales that I wanted, he just left the rake where he finished, and I took him to get the hayracks.

Then my dad came out to drive the tractor and my nephew stacked.  I had the easy job–photograph and bring them water to drink.

After my other nephew got off work, he came out to help stack and continue raking.

My dad left, but we gained my niece-in-law and my nephews’ uncle to help.

Since we weren’t unloading it all in the barn last night, I made sure everything was secure for keeping the goats on the west half of the barnyard.

Lily and LilyAnn

Moose

It looks a bit crowded with them all on that one side, but it was just for the night.

Then I got them their water.

Reva

We unloaded one hayrack before dark.  In the morning, my nephew brought out the borrowed elevator.

We unloaded the other four hayracks.

Now I should be good for the winter.

I better be.  We don’t need another winter like this last one.

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Zeus and Hera

17 Jul

Zeus and Hera have not had their heads stuck in the fence since I put their little apparati (what is the plural of apparatus) on their horns.

Hera and Zeus

I was a bit worried when Zeus removed his last Thursday evening, but so far he hasn’t gotten stuck.

Zeus

I keep thinking I should take Hera’s off and see how she does without it.

Hera

Especially since she was using it to try and bulldoze through the younger kids.

Aphrodite and Hera

Maybe I’ll wait a couple more days…

The Horns of Shame

11 Jul

I really hoped that selling Loki would end kids getting heads stuck in the fence.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.

“Hmmm, I bet I can reach that one piece. And if I get stuck, the human is here to help me out again.” -Zeus

Zeus and Hera got to be just as bad as Loki.  I don’t know what it is with the kids this year.  It’s been like eight years since I’ve had such persistent kids.  I had to do something because of my plan to leave the farm for an entire day (gasp).

Hera (front), Zeus (behind), and maa Gidget who just lets her kids stick their heads through the fence (last)

I got creative with tent stakes, wine airlock bungs, candle mold sealer, and duct tape.

I think this will do the job. It’s pretty lightweight, the rubber bungs shouldn’t poke anyone.  I pushed as hard as I could on the ends and didn’t get poked by the stake.  I think it’s all good!

It doesn’t seem to bother them at all.  Although, I might recommend to Gidget that she wean them.  It’s time.  Trust me.

It might be wrong, but seriously, his silhouette made me laugh.

Hopefully, I will be able to take them off in a week or two and they will not try putting their heads back through.

Updated since I first prepared this post four days ago:  still no heads stuck and they are still not bothered by their little extra appendages!  Woo hoo!