Tag Archives: Love Shack

Midnight Margarita has Octavius

23 May

I noticed yesterday that Margarita’s udder was really filling up and she had dropped.  She was positively looking gaunt where the baby had dropped.

I checked her a few times, and when I went out to feed the girls, I noticed she was lying a bit away from Antigone and Joy.  I shook my food pitcher and bribed her up to the buck room.

Margarita

She had goop hanging, and I got all panicked that she had been trying to kid for a while, so I immediately pulled her into the garage to try to check her.  She wouldn’t have any of it.  She fought me, and every time I tried to catch her she ran, and when I got back with a collar and lead, she was busy eating the chicks’ feed.

She can’t have that feed.  It’s got medicine in it to keep the chicks healthy (as a side note, that’s why I can’t move the chicks–the medicated feed would kill the geese and peacocks and I would have to discard my eggs; the girls will get moved very soon).  Anyhow, I made Margarita come to the Love Shack with me.

I checked her and her cervix was still closed. That was a relief.  She was just starting.  I kept a close eye on her, and she had a few contractions, but nothing major.  I checked her before bed, and her cervix was still closed.  I set my alarm for 1:00 am and went to bed.  The dog woke me up at 11:45, and I decided to go check her.  I found one cold foot stuck out.  I grabbed her and we went in the Love Shack to where I still had her collar and and towel.  Everything was there, but the feet were tucked under the chin, and that’s way too much to come at once.  As soon as I got the legs pulled out straight, the baby flopped out.

I went to bed, but the dog woke me up at about 3:30, so I went out to check them.  She was laying outside with the baby.  But I was already hearing rumbles of thunder, so I took him back into the Love Shack and she followed.  I put a panel up to keep them from coming back outside.  That was a good thing because the next time I woke up it was thunder, lightning and pounding rain at 4:30 am.  By morning, it was a muddy mess.

But Margarita and her buckling, Octavius, were safe and dry inside.

Margarita and Octavius

Octavius

Good job, Margarita!

The First Day of Spring Break

8 Mar

With our nice weather, I’ve decided I can let my girls having kids stay outside.  I don’t have to shut them all in small pens to wait for delivery.

Ava

I did however decided I wanted to separate them from the rest of the herd.  That means, I had to build a temporary fence across the barnyard, from the corner of the Love Shack pen to the corner of the greenhouse pen.  I did this about three years ago (the last time we had nice weather over spring break), and it worked well, so my first day of spring break was spent getting this set up.

Ava, Pistol, and Antigone

I had just put the panels out, when the goats came up from pasture.  Those wethers are so helpful.

Myson with his butt planted where I needed to drive my posts.

Finally, I got the fence up with everyone on the Back Forty side.

Moose would like to lodge a complaint.

I moved most of the girls over.  The only two left for me to catch are Zinnia and Mary.  And they are the last two due, so I’ll try to catch them in the next couple of days, and it will be fine.

Zinnia

Mary

It didn’t take long for them to figure out to go out to pasture.

Annie (Cutie and Reva on the front pasture)

Gidget and Victoria headed out to eat.

It won’t be long before 2TC has company.

2TC with Wanda and Blaze

I did have to shut Maggie and Harley in the Love Shack because they just are not up to running around.

Maggie fighting with Cinnamon (and Caroline who you can’t see)

Cookie I did let out. We’ll see how she does.  There’s room in the Love Shack if I need to put her in with Maggie and Harley.

Cookie

Of course, Marge and Chiffon are wherever they want to be.  Silly bratty girls.  I’m not sure why the are in the Love Shack eating hay, but they have to go through there to get from one side to the other.

Chiffon and Marge in the Love Shack pen; Uncle Casey eating through the fence; Mama Cookie, and Cutie in front of the pen

I think I’m ready for kidding to begin!

Moving Maisie and Uno

10 Feb

Overall, it was pretty easy getting my old ladies into the greenhouse.  I was a bit worried about moving Maisie and Uno.

Maisie

They have done well in the buck room, but I don’t need Maisie having kids again in July, and I need to get that area ready for spring break kids.

Xerxes, Hilda and Uno

I tried opening the gate separating her and Hilda and Xerxes from the main herd, but it was frozen down.

Uno, Maisie, Xerxes, and Hilda

That means I had to go through the garage with her.  Getting her to go into the garage was easy because she just went into to see if there was any sweet feed in there.  Uno happily followed.  I got her into the soap room, but I was afraid she was going to explore in there.  I shook the food pan in the milk room, and she came in.  Then I got Uno to join us in there. While she was snacking, I put a collar on her, and then I drug her across the barnyard to the Love Shack.  Uno followed right along.  That wasn’t even too bad!

He’s not quite as happy in the smaller space, but I need to get him out of the buck room so I can keep preparing for March babies.

Uno

Odie had to check him out.

I’m not sure that’s a happy look.

I have a heat lamp in the Love Shack for him.  I even had to lower it a little bit so it was closer and warmer for him.

Now I just have to figure out how to move Xerxes and Hilda because I’m pretty sure I’m not taking them through the soap and milk rooms.