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Saturday’s Plans

9 Apr

After a cold rainy, snowy end to the work week, I was happy to see things clearing out Friday evening because I had big plans for Saturday.

Antigone and her babies enjoying the sun that finally came out.

Frodo, Lemuel and Benji having hay for supper before getting moved (and sold) in the morning

Remember, I have to get everything moved around in order to get Aphrodite shut in for her oopsie baby coming next week.  So bright and early I got up and chased Lemuel around for a bit.  He actually wasn’t too horribly difficult to catch.  He’s small enough I could get him loaded myself.

Good-bye Lemuel

By the time I got back from taking him to the sale barn, the goats had all gone out to pasture.  Unfortunately, the llamas had just come back up to the barnyard.

Maybeline in front of the boys in the Love Shack

Aurora staring in the milk room because that’s where the food is.

I decided to go ahead and trim Benji and Frodo’s hooves to see if the llamas would go back to the other side of the barnyard at least.

Frodo is so sweet (if trying to eat my fingers is sweet)

They didn’t, so I just filled a pitcher of llama food and led them over.  Let me tell you, it is dangerous walking across the barnyard with Odie and Aurora in there.  They get way too pushy for food.  I’m not sure if Odie spit at me or Aurora, but it was tense.

Maybeline, Aurora, and Odie

Anyhow, I got them to the other side and put my panel across the barn door so they had to stay there.

I forgot my pitcher in my haste to get the door shut.

By this time, Xerxes and Freddie came to see what all the ruckus was about.  But I wasn’t quite ready to get them on the front pasture.

Xerxes and Freddie up north

I had to move the moms and kids first.  I took a pitcher of sweet feed and stood at the door of the buck room and called to them.

They came on the run.

They are so easy to get in because they love their food.

I am so ready to have my garage back.

While they were eating, I shut the gate so they couldn’t go back out on the front pasture.  They could only have the little pen right on the side of the garage.

Antigone wondering what’s going on

Next, I opened the gate to the front pasture and got my little pitcher of sweet feed to reward the bucks for coming with me.  I had the food pans set out and it was ready.

Then it was time to bring the bucks down.  I opened the Love Shack gate and let Benji and Frodo out. They are young and inexperienced, so they just kind of hovered and wondered what the heck was going on.

Benji and Frodo

I opened the gate up north and called to Xerxes and Freddie (they had wandered back over to the old garden area.  They are smart and know that when I call, they will get a reward (aka food).

Freddie and Xerxes

We went across the barnyard with them following almost on top of me.  They didn’t hesitate to go right where they belong.  And I gave them some of the sweet feed.

Meanwhile, Frodo and Benji were still clueless.  Benji was just kind of wandering.  Frodo decided to see if the pitcher that had llama food would taste as good as it smelled.

Frodo

I went and shook the rest of the pitcher of food in front of them, and then they figured it out.  We headed back to the front pasture and they got a treat too.

All four bucks were moved and Lemuel is off the farm.  Easy peasy.

Benji and Frodo in front; Freddie and Xerxes behind

Now I just had to move the girls and get the herd back together again.

Time to Prep

5 Apr

It’s not just that I am tired of goats in the garage.  I really do need to get them out of there.

Brigit, Ostara, and Bull

Believe it or not, it’s time to prep for my first oopsie baby(ies).  Aphrodite is due April 14th.

Aphrodite in the middle

That means, ready or not, I am moving goats around this weekend.  The kids really are old enough to go out on the front half of the back forty with their moms.  They just haven’t had a lot of practice with the cold, rainy, snowy weather we’ve had.

Claire, Tommy and Spunky stayed in the buck room while everyone else was in pasture.

Last weekend, when I was out there, Shellie got behind the herd, and she gave a big yell.

Shellie

Her mom answered, and they were right back together.  They will be fine, but I do wish the weather had been better before making the change.

Hilda and Shellie (Flower in front)

Anyhow, after I get the moms back with the main herd, I’m going to move the bucks. There is no way I could ever catch Lemuel in the front pasture, so I have to sell him Saturday morning before I start making my other changes.  It just has to happen.

Frodo and Lemuel with Benji standing

Then the other bucks will all go onto the front pasture.  If I can get help loading, I could sell Freddie this weekend too.  Less testosterone will be good.  But I will miss Freddie. I really will–dang sweet boys.

Freddie and Xerxes up north

I’d like to leave the north paddock empty to grow, but that just isn’t going to happen.  I’m going to have to put Flower up there.  I’ll leave Coral with her.

Flower chowing down on last year’s grass

If I have to, I can put more old ladies up there, but I’m hoping warm weather and green grass will help them.

Old ladies: Reva, Joani, and Bambi

And all that moving goats around means I can put Aphrodite in the Love Shack.  That way my mom can check her while I’m at work.

Aphrodite (I think one baby)

I’ve also told Aphrodite to clamp that tail down and hold off until Friday.  I have Good Friday off work, so that would be a perfect day to have an oopsie baby.

Evictions

2 Apr

I am seriously ready to do some evictions around here.  First, is Lemuel.  I was planning on keeping him until I could breed him to Rosie next fall.  That would be a perfect kid combo.

Lemuel

But his personality is identical to his grandpa Xerxes.  I am not having another wild buck that I can’t sell.  I’m getting rid of him before we get to that point.  I kid you not, I spent ten or more minutes chasing him around the Love Shack to catch him and give him his copper last weekend.

And it is absolutely an inherited personality.  I swear it is.  I mean he spends his time with my sweet Benji and Frodo.  They both love me.

Frodo

Anyhow, I’m hoping he will be gone in the next couple of weeks.  The second eviction notice is being given to Old Man Winter.  We had another 2+ inches of snow when I woke up Thursday morning.

no picture from the morning because I had to go to work

This time of year, it usually melts quickly, but I took these pictures after I did chores.  It was still here.

Penelope in front; Lemuel, Benji, and Frodo in the Love Shack

We are all tired of the cold and damp.  It’s miserable.  It means more work for chores.

Sky

Onyx finishing up a pile of hay I gave them.

We all demand winter leave and let spring warmth and rain show up.  Seriously, because I am beyond ready to evict the goats from the garage.  They are happy as clams.

Cupid teaching Brigit about yummy hay

Spunky and Spuds

Hera feeding Lady and Tramp

But I’m not sure any of my stuff will survive.

Tommy, Bubbles,Shellie, Ostara (Flower in back)

my garage door opener sensor

Hera behind the air compressor

Thursday when I got home, someone had discovered and opened the bag of birdhouse gourds.  I picked them up and put them all in the soap room.  Well, there was one that had a little hole eaten in it, so I left it.

a bag of gourds

When I went back to the garage, I kid you not, Bull was wearing it. His head was completely stuck inside.  I am amazed that he wasn’t panicking, but he was just standing there trying to figure it out.  How I wish I had my camera for that one.

Bull (yes, I really was going to put it back on his head)

By the time I came back out to do a recreation, Coral had eaten the rest of the gourd.

Coral finishing off the last of the gourd

I am really ready to get them out of the garage, but the weather has to cooperate a bit for that to happen.