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Jealous Much?

13 Jun

I am still working really hard to get Aurora back to full weight.  I can actually see results!

“It’s hard work gaining weight.” -Aurora

I am giving her llama/alpaca feed twice each day along with being able to eat from pasture whenever she wants.

I will say that three other llamas are ridiculously jealous of her.  They stand at the gate the entire time she’s eating.  Worse, if I put it on a fence where they can’t reach it, but it’s close to them, they spit at Aurora.  Seriously.

Maybeline, Odie, and Buster

I’m not buying the big brown eyes looking like they are starving.

“Please, please, please, feed me too. I’m starving.” -Buster

I keep telling Aurora to keep eating until she looks like Maybeline.


Hopefully, it will be fairly soon the way she’s been eating.



Antigone’s Fairy Tale

29 May

Once upon a time a little princess goat named Antigone was born in the land of Eden Hills.  Little did she know that the oracles said she would grow up to be a wise and kind leader, and she certainly didn’t act like she would grow up to greatness.  It seemed more likely that she would come to some untimely end because of her wild behavior.

You see, Antigone is a rather independent and difficult kid.  She does what she wants.  Let’s be honest, she has a whole lot of her maa, Pistol, in her personality.  When Antigone’s not paying attention, she sometimes doesn’t see the rest of the goats going down the lane and out to pasture.  Luckily, Pistol is a good maa and waits for her.  Eventually, Antigone will race up to the gate and down the lane and hustle to catch up to the herd.

Well, one afternoon she waited too long.  All the goats were gone.  She stood in the barnyard and maaed and maaed.  The only critters in sight though were Aurora and Maybeline at the top of the hill.  Then Odie came running down the lane to join the rest of the llamas. Antigone was off like a bullet.

She stayed right with Odie and joined the rest of the llamas at the top of the hill.  Now, for some reason, I thought this might not end well, so I put the camera down (you’ll really wish I had taken it or had someone behind me with a camera) and went to make sure Antigone joined her maa.

I got to the top of the hill and Aurora took off along the top of Dead Tree Hill.  It wasn’t too far before she stopped.  Antigone went over to her, and they sniffed noses.  I could almost hear Aurora whispering to Antigone, “Sure, kid.  You can hang out with me.”  After all, they had spent the first month of Antigone’s life hanging out together.  What could ever go wrong with a lone little kid hanging out with the llamas?

The ten sprinkles that fell on the farm had cooled our temperatures from mid-nineties to the upper eighties, so Aurora was feeling pretty frisky.  She kicked and bucked her way down the hill followed by Maybeline.  Antigone was right behind them.  At the bottom of the hill, she let out one giant Osboer yell to see if she could find her maa.  Pistol, being a good maa, answered Antigone, but it’s hard to get a little kid to leave her tall friend and wander through grass taller than she is to try and find her maa.  And Aurora was heading in the opposite direction despite my calling to ask her not to lead Antigone in the wrong direction.  She just flicked her tail and kept going.

By this time Odie joined the llama group, and I was a bit worried (she’s the evil villain in the story).  She ran right up on Antigone, and I yelled for her to leave the kid alone.

Antigone was clueless.  By that time, she was following Aurora and Maybeline along the bottom.  Odie took off as well, and Buster seemed to magically join them, so it was the four llamas and this pint-sized kid racing along the bottom.  I was sadly trailing way behind (in my defense, I only have two legs.)  Now llamas are not race horses, but I was impressed that Antigone could keep up with them.

All this time, Odie was right on her heels, and I’m still not sure if she was just running, or if she was displaying that evil villain jealousy and wanted to stomp Antigone into the ground.  By this time, they were rounding the end of the ditch, and Odie was still on Antigone’s tail, who was right behind Aurora.  Finally, they stopped running and I could catch up to them.

I might have been huffing and puffing, but Antigone was not even breathing hard.  She really is an amazing kid.  I told Aurora to let me get Antigone because I would return her to her mother.  I also told Antigone that I was going to take her to her maa.  That seemed to get her attention, and she came over to me.  She must have thought I was going to wave my magic wand and transport her to her maa, but no.

I scopped her up in my arms, which really irritated her (no strong heroine likes to be carried), but we began the long walk towards her maa.  Of course, we ended up on the opposite side of the ditch, so when we got to Pistol, they were calling to each other across the water.  I worked my way down to where it wasn’t so wide and I tossed her over the stream.

Antigone landed gracefully, as every fairy tale princess does, and she and Pistol went running towards each other.

When they got to each other, Antigone got to happily nurse.

I, on the other hand, tried to jump the ditch and ended up with a muddy foot.  And the moral of the story is don’t follow the llamas.  The end.

Doing Well

28 Apr

I do appreciat all the support from my whining yesterday.  I have to say, there are lots of goats and other animals at Eden Hills who are doing quite well.  I just seem to focus on the ones I’m worried about because they take so much time and energy.  So today, here’s a very short survey of some  residents of the farm who are doing quite well.  The three llamas are enjoying the Back Forty, but they come up and roll in their dust bowl and get a drink and just see what’s going on.

Odie, Maybeline, and Buster

The two bucks are doing quite well.  They do want to know why I didn’t bring grain or peanuts or girls though.

Fionn and Xerxes

The fat boy wethers are all doing well too.  They really are fat.


I have kids who are growing and doing well and chewing cud.  It’s hard to believe that I could actually think about weaning some if I needed to.


Margarita looks awesome!  She’s turned into a little snot though.  She doesn’t want my attention at all.


And I have lots of girls that look really good!

Bonnie, Penny, Betty Lou, and Blaze

Bob is doing great!  He’s not happy with Rocky and Noelle existing, but he’s fine other than that.

Bob Cat

And that’s just a very small sampling of who’s doing well.