Tag Archives: Love Shack

Getting Ready for Oopsie Babies

14 Apr

Sunday afternoon I shut Aphrodite in the Love Shack.

Aphrodite

She was not happy at all about being shut in alone, but when you decide to bust in with the buck and get bred at an unauthorized time, you get shut somewhere that is easy for my mom to check while I’m at work during the day.

Not to mention it’s easier for my middle of the night checks.  Add to that the weather was looking rainy and stormy and then cold for the week, and she got shut in.

Well, Monday I got a text from my mom saying the goats were in the field again.  Bless her. She followed my directions and put them in for me.

Then I got home and found that Perdita (did I even find time to share that she ditched her horn apparatus) was stuck in the lane fence and Aphrodite apparently jumped the Love Shack fence because she was out in pasture.

Perdita with a new horn apparatus

Add to that a likely severe weather event on Tuesday evening, and I made a change.  I shut Aphrodite in the garage when I caught her.

I also had the Ranger back in the garage due to the potential storms.

Antigone, my wimpy little mama and her babies got the Love Shack.

Antigone and kids so she can get inside and be safe.

I also set up for a night in the safe room soap room.  When I got home on Tuesday evening, everyone was where I had put them, and I moved the cats and dog and me into the soap room.

Tiger, Rocky, and Salem

That way it would be easy to check Aphrodite too.  Well, it did actually work out well.  Sort of… I was awake pretty much all night between the cats fighting and the dog snoring and the bucks being mean and the storm.  Really, I got so tired of Bob growling, and I was a bit nervous.  I finally threw him into the garage with Aphrodite.

Then I realized that Xerxes was being a jerk and refusing to let Frodo and Benji into the buck room.  I went and opened the door and called to them.  They came rushing past the bucks and into the garage.  They were very grateful.

Xerxes, Freddie, Frodo, and Benji on pasture together

Then the storm hit.  But the three goats, cat, and wild bird in the garage were safe, and the three cats, dog, and me in the soap room were safe.  Luckily, the severity of the storm had died down a bit before it reached us.

Somewhere in there Rocky decided to be crazy and start his wacko scratching at the door.  And would. not. stop.  Finally, I gave up and took the dog and went back to the house.

Rocky

And when I went back out in the morning to get the animals all where they belong, Aphrodite was still just lounging there and no baby.

But she was still shut in and could not get out of the garage! And mom was coming to check her again during the day.

When It’s Not Cute

9 Feb

When goats get bored, they can sometimes cause troubles. For instance, Benji has decided that he just can’t wait for me to feed them, so he’ll stick his head between the edge of the Love Shack and the two posts where I fasten the gate.  Unfortunately, he can’t get it back out, and I have to nearly squeeze his horns together to get him out.  And he doesn’t seem to want to stop.   Keep in mind, he can put his head through any one of those holes in the panel and take it back out easy peasy.  But no…

Lemuel, Frodo, Benji, Myson and Moose

Sometimes, naught bored means I look out the window and see goats where they do not belong.

Casey and Flora are not the bucks I had shut in there.

Then I have to go catch them.

Frodo coming out of the greenhouse

Benji coming out of the greenhouse

Lemuel following Coral and getting checked out by Popcorn

Then I have to wonder if we had anyone in heat.  My old ladies will get shots.  But if someone like Onyx that I had already put in with a buck to get bred, came back into heat, she would be due right when I want to be out of state on a genealogy trip.

Onyx

Why not? Because goats can be naughty when they are bored.

When They’re Bored

8 Feb

When goats are bored, they look for ways to entertain themselves.  Sometimes, it’s cute, like when Frodo kept opening and closing the door since I forgot to latch it.

A bored Frodo

“Look, ma. No hooves!”

I was pretty impressed that he’d push it and then duck to avoid getting hit when it bounced back.  I might still struggle with remembering that sometimes.

After a while, he decided to switch to chewing on the latch.

Silly kid.  Other times…