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Other Improvements

21 Jul

While the nephew was working on fence and had all the equipment here, he did a few other jobs to improve the farm also.  One of the things I’ve been hoping to get done is a concrete step into the milk room.  With dew coming off the roof, it was constantly muddy right in front of the door, which the mosquitoes really like.  It was also quite a large step.

Since there was a big slab of concrete just sitting by the chicken pen with no purpose, it seemed like the perfect place to put it.

It worked well for the little farm hand to practice stepping up and down.

I am thrilled with this little improvement!

Astra with Jester (back) and Avril

He also set several posts.  Some of my old ones had been broken off by goats fighting.

Some were just metal posts that I had set myself to make do.

Trace on the board wedged in to hold the fence in place

He hauled the old panels from the fence up front, so I will use some of these to fix up some of my barnyard fences now that I have good posts to attach them to something solid.

That will hopefully prevent girls from sneaking in with the bucks to make oopsie babies.

Seven

I don’t care how cute they are, nobody should kid at eleven months!

I’m Milking

22 Jun

I finally got Freddie and Fannie weaned by putting them on the front pasture with my newest moms.

Fannie and Freddie (they are not going to starve)

That means I started milking Ava.

Ava

That girl really gives me a lot of milk.  It’s no wonder Freddie is so big.

I have decided that it’s easier to wean by selling the kids right away. Ava has been a bit melodramatic.

She was refusing to give me her milk at first.  She’s doing better now, but I still think she’s holding it some.

Ava

Since I’m milking again, I’ve also spent some time cleaning in there.  I hate how muddy the milk room gets.

I thought I’d better start with just one goat to get my hands back in shape.  Cinnamon is coming in.  I hadn’t weaned six yet, but Cinnamon was not supposed to have a kid, and she is struggling with getting enough copper.

Cinnamon and Six

Astra also decided she should have her kids weaned so she can come in.

Let’s face it.  I have a whole long line of goats who want to come in and get milked despite not having any milk: Caroline, Haley, Cookie, Dolly, and Pluto are pretty much begging to come in every day.

Three generations of milking does: Dolly, Astra, and Pistol

And I still have Zinnia and Cutie to milk.

Zinnia

Later in the summer, I want to see if I can train Joy and Antigone.  Cupid is another possibility for training–she does like her food.

Pests

17 Dec

I know it’s hard to believe, but I have several pests in the barnyard.  There are five major pests.

Aurora by the door; Venus, Marge, and Chiffon

You can’t see the fifth one above, but she was right behind me.  Cupid has gotten to be quite friendly since she likes food and I’m letting her skim some sweet feed from my pitcher.

Cupid

I let the three little girls in to eat their sweet feed.  That makes three less for me to trip over.

Chiffon, Marge, and Venus

However, when I get my pitcher of feed to take up to the old ladies, I still have a couple of pests to try walking past.  I wonder why I have hoof prints on my door window.

And nose prints.  Yes, she’s steaming it up.

Sometimes there are more pests–Joy, Odie, Pluto, any of my retired milking girls, the other llama lladies…

Auror and Cupid; Odie and Maybeline behind; Pluto not visible below the window

It’s not easy to get my pitcher of feed across the barnyard to the ones I am feeding.  I have Cupid jumping on my back the moment I stop.  Aurora is walking with her neck on my back wrapping that long neck around me and putting her face in front of me to try and reach into my feed pitcher.  It makes me nervous sometimes.

I kid you not, we bumped heads one day, and I got a bruise by my eye.  I think it hurt her too because she actually left me alone after that.

Odie following too. (I think the blur in the bottom left is Cupid)

I’m not really complaining too much about my pests, though, because they are sweet.  And it’s a nice change from them running from me.  I just hope it lasts.