Tag Archives: Moose

Weaning Maisie

22 Jul

While the goats’ hooves are a bit softer from out recent rain, I’ve been trying to get everyone trimmed.

Hera

As an aside, I was trying to figure out who else might be a good candidate for milking, and both Hera and Venus were fine with me messing with their udders.  Hera is even a high percentage of dairy goat. Hmmmm…

Venus

I brought Maisie in to the milk room and got her hooves trimmed.  But she’s struggling with raising triplets during a drought when she’s nine-years-old.  Her coat is coarse, she’s thin, and her eyes are pure white.

Maisie getting her hooves trimmed.

I decided to immediately wean her kids.  As I was hauling Tawny up to the north paddock, I changed my mind.  Instead, I put Maisie up north.

Maisie

She has the already weaned kids for company.

The weaned kids in the north paddock.

Glory

Chunky Boy

She’ll also have access to food–green stuff as well as sweet feed.  It will be a lot less exercise.  She can focus on just resting and recovering up there.

Her kids were not exactly happy with this arrangement, but they will be fine.

Tara wanting her maa

Tippy

I told Moose to take care of his little brother and sisters.

Moose

Hopefully, she’ll make a full recovery and retire.

Scenes From Pasture

19 Jul

Since I’m giving Pretzel bottles and she’s frequently in pasture,

Pretzel getting a bottle

I’m getting lots of nice walks out to see the goats.

Pluto

Moose and Casey

Lemuel, 2TC, Purl, Dottie, Jack

the herd

Flora and Pretzel (Jack and Ivy on the stump behind)

2TC and Purl

Frodo and Rosie

Bambi, Zinnia, Jack and Ivy, Pretzel

Glover and Lemuel

It’s pretty nice out there.

 

Too Smart

3 Jul

Goats are the smartest of the barnyard animals.  They are too smart for their own good.  Once again, Moose has opened the pen and let the birds out and the goats in.

Moose

I even put a chain around the gate instead of the twine I had been using.  I don’t know if I didn’t get it slipped on properly or if he pulled just right for it to come out.  I’ve added a carabiner. If that doesn’t work. I don’t know what else to do.

Again, if they get too much grain, it will kill them.  The next morning Purl had diarrhea.  That’s a good thing. It indicates her body is still moving and isn’t blocked.  As of yet, nobody else has shown any signs.

Purl

The hens just went back in.  They are also pretty easy.

obviously, we’re molting

You might remember this is also how I lost my other peacock.  Thankfully, this one is pretty calm.  I grabbed his entire full tail (if you grab just one, he’ll let it out) and worked up to his body so I could pick him up.

nice long tail on Mr. Peacock right now

I am ready to strangle smart goats.  Between him and…