Tag Archives: Maggie

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!

Geriatric Farm

1 Mar

Leo is really showing his age. He is nineteen.  I think he’s having seizures.  I talked to the vets, and they said it is not uncommon at his age and having had diabetes.  Sadly, there’s not a lot they can do, so I just am trying to keep him as safe and comfortable and happy as long as I can.

Leo

I’m not sure how much longer I can do that.  My poor boy.

I also have lots of old goats.  When I expanded my herd, it was not a well thought out plan what would happen when I retired all those goats.

Stormy

I have some that I am not sure will make it through the winter, even though we’re almost past winter.

Penny

After losing Clover this weekend, there are eighteen who I expect to lose in the next three years just because of how old they are.

Clover

I keep babying some of them with the insulated building, heat lamps, and extra feed.

Cookie (front) and Maggie (back)

Hopefully, when real spring and summer gets here, they’ll rally and enjoy themselves again.  But I can promise there will be a lot of good-byes in the next few years.  Just remember all the good times and don’t be sad for me.

Winter’s Back

13 Feb

After some mostly decent weather for a while which let me get everyone where I needed them for spring break kidding, Mother Nature decided to send another blast of winter our way.  (Sorry for the poor quality cell phone pictures, but I wasn’t taking my big girl camera out).

This is really hard on the animals.  They just don’t have time to adjust with those sudden changes.  That means I had to do more moving goats around!

Maisie’s ear and Uno  (Maisie was trying to eat the phone. Bored Maisie is dangerous.)

Uno is back in the buck room.  Since it’s just him and his mom, I could shut the outside door.  The little stinker is still shivering under the heat lamp, but he’s going to make it through the cold snap.

Uno and Maisie

Luckily, Maisie wasn’t too bad to lead through the garage.  I still have Wanda in there.  She’s pretty much unaffected by this cold snap.

Wanda

I’m still waiting on Blaze to have babies, and I’m kind of getting tired of the 2:00 am checks.  Maybe she’ll have them on Valentine’s day!

Blaze

I left my old ladies huddled in the greenhouse with the door mostly shut.

Harley

Maggie is the one I am most worried about.  She is still so thin and run down.

Maggie with Margarita sleeping under the heat lamp.

Since the Love Shack was empty, I threw Dolly in there with Pluto.

Dolly (sorry, no treats) and Pluto

I also put Astra in there because she is one who tends to just hunker down on a pile of hay outside because she’s so far down on the pecking order.  Don’t get me wrong, she will go in, but this way she won’t have to worry about sneaking in and staying in throughout the day.  I also put Moira and Venus in because they don’t have moms to snuggle beside.

Astra

Fionn and Xerxes will snuggle in together.

Xerxes (ready to run if I get too close) and Fionn

In the main barn everyone has extra hay to snuggle down in and nibble on while it’s this cold.

Bambi and Daisy

Sidney

For some reason, Chiffon and Marge left the greenhouse, but they seem to be doing fine.  I’ll keep checking on them.

Marge and Chiffon

So far, everyone is hanging in.