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Too Hot

27 May

We went from a horrible, wicked never-ending winter to about nine days of spring and then summer.  Now we seem to have hit horrible hot that is not planning on going away soon.  It looks like another week before we get back to close to normal.

That’s the kind of heat that makes you want to just stay inside in the air conditioning flopped out on the bed with your belly up.

Rocky

This heat means the goats are miserable.  After they went out to pasture, I decided I better go check on them since it was 98*F ( 36.67*C).  They were in about they best place they could be.

Everyone is hot, but Wanda was really panting.  I worry about her and a couple of my old ones and the really pregnant ones.

Wanda

Maggie is another that does not like the heat, but she was doing okay.

Margarita and Maggie

At least they have the water right there.  They can stay hydrated.

Hera

It was just a fun picnic under the cottonwood for Reva and her kids.

Reva with Zisa (front) and Loki

Myson thought he’d stay cooler if he went higher up in the tree to catch a breeze.

I’m not sure it worked because there is virtually no breeze.

Myson

I think some goats had a better idea by rubbing on the cool earth.

Betty Lou, Vinnie, and Apollo

Maybe just taking a nap in the dirt will help.

Aphrodite

Is it wrong to hope that school gets let out early since I’m on the second floor of a brick building without air conditioning?  I also want to keep an eye on my critters.  It’s not supposed to get this hot until I’m done teaching for the year.

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A Test Run

12 May

I’ve ordered copper capsules for the goats, and they are scheduled to arrive on Monday.  This weekend, I’m trying to figure out my delivery method.  Today the test medium was marshmallows. Clover was happy to try it.

Clover

Then she got this “OMG! What are you feeding me” look, and it ended up on the ground.

Fionn checked it out.

Fionn

I’m not sure that is a compliment.

His ended up on the ground too, but Xerxes loved it!

Xerexes

Bambi thought they were delicious.  She kept following me to see if she could eat anyone else’s if they didn’t want it.

Bambi

Maggie was about the same.

Maggie

Dolly would take them, and then throw them on the ground.  It was starting to look like the Easter bunny hopped through leaving marshmallow pellets as he went.  Later, I caught Maggie going around and picking them up.  No five-second rule in our barnyard!

Dolly with Diana looking at her

At lot of goats wouldn’t even try it.  You can see on Lily some of the signs of the copper deficiency–the light coloring around her eyes and lack of hair on her nose.

Lily

Tomorrow, I will try dates.  I think I might end up with about ten goats that I could feed them anything, and everyone else is going to be difficult.

A Round Bale

20 Mar

I’ve been worried about having enough hay to get me through the winter, and since winter doesn’t seem to want to quit, my nephew brought a round bale feeder.  The poor llama lladies were disappointed it didn’t have hay in it.

It wasn’t long until my nephew came back with the round bale to put in it.

By then the girls had given up and gone back to the barn, but Buster was here to supervise.

You’d swear I starve them all.  I have been cutting back on the hay I give them because I want them to go eat out in pasture.  I can’t really blame them for wanting to hang out and wait for me to give them hay.  It’s much better quality than the stuff they can get in pasture, but I really needed to use fewer bales.  We decided to try this feeder.  It didn’t take long for the ladies to figure out that a bale was being delivered.

Maybeline was making a pig of herself.

The goats were soon to follow.

The fat weathers were quick to jump in and eat.

Yes, Casey, I’m talking about you.

Maggie was the first one to hop in.

They seem to like it, but I’m going to have to make sure everyone–young, old, fat and shy–manage to get enough to eat.

We’ll see how it works.  Hopefully, it will get me through until the pasture starts greening up.

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