Tag Archives: north paddock

Showing Improvement

12 Sep

Sidney and LilyAnn are both showing some good improvement.

Sidney and LilyAnn

They aren’t thrilled with being shut up north with five kids who do not belong to them.

the kids; Sidney behind the gate

But it’s the best thing for them to continue to recover.  And for some reason, they haven’t been running from me, so I can actually check their eyes and see that they are getting the color back.  Slowly, but they are progressing.

LilyAnn has burrs in her beard.

They enjoy the room service.  They are getting sweet feed twice a day.

They always have hay to eat.

I have even seen them exploring a little bit, which means they are getting more energy.

Sidney found some burrs for her beard too.

It’s looking like they will both make a full recovery.  And three of their kids have always looked good: Frosty, Mini and Minerva.  Crystal was pretty pot-bellied when I penned Sidney, but she is looking better.  I do want to try to catch them and check their eyes, but I don’t want to chase them.  So I’ll keep waiting for a good time.

Crystal

In contrast, I already had Margarita’s kids shut in to help them, but I couldn’t keep them shut in.  But they are not getting better at all. Tonight, I finally managed to sneak up and catch them.

Terry and Howie

They got sweet feed and wormer and copper and then I shut them in the Love Shack.  I wracked my brain trying to figure out a way to keep them penned, and the only thing I could come up with was in the Love Shack–only the building.  They can’t even get outside. Hopefully, this will keep them where I put them and help them improve.

No Goats in the Garage

28 Apr

I had been trying to share the front pasture between the bucks and the two girls.  It sorta worked, but I had to get the girls back in the garage so the boys could have shelter every time there was rain.

Venus and Cody

Finally, after the storms on Saturday, the forecast called for five dry days.  They were still a bit cooler than our average, but they weren’t freezing.  That means Sunday morning, it was time to get the goats out of the garage.

Venus and Aphrodite

I just grabbed Sappho and a pitcher of sweet feed and the two moms followed.  Then I had to go back and get Cody, but it was pretty easy moving them.

Venus and Cody

Aphrodite and Sappho

They will enjoy it.  In a week or so, I’ll be able to move them with the rest of the herd.

Aphrodite and Sappho

I still have the old ladies up there because I failed at trying to get Haley and Flower back with the main herd.  I’ll try it again when I put Aphrodite and Venus with them.

Venus, Aphrodite, Flower and Haley enjoying sweet feed

Sadly, Coral is not improving.

Coral (she really isn’t even eating the sweet feed anymore)

I keep babying them.  We’ll see how long I can keep it up and give them any quality of life.

Time to Prep

5 Apr

It’s not just that I am tired of goats in the garage.  I really do need to get them out of there.

Brigit, Ostara, and Bull

Believe it or not, it’s time to prep for my first oopsie baby(ies).  Aphrodite is due April 14th.

Aphrodite in the middle

That means, ready or not, I am moving goats around this weekend.  The kids really are old enough to go out on the front half of the back forty with their moms.  They just haven’t had a lot of practice with the cold, rainy, snowy weather we’ve had.

Claire, Tommy and Spunky stayed in the buck room while everyone else was in pasture.

Last weekend, when I was out there, Shellie got behind the herd, and she gave a big yell.

Shellie

Her mom answered, and they were right back together.  They will be fine, but I do wish the weather had been better before making the change.

Hilda and Shellie (Flower in front)

Anyhow, after I get the moms back with the main herd, I’m going to move the bucks. There is no way I could ever catch Lemuel in the front pasture, so I have to sell him Saturday morning before I start making my other changes.  It just has to happen.

Frodo and Lemuel with Benji standing

Then the other bucks will all go onto the front pasture.  If I can get help loading, I could sell Freddie this weekend too.  Less testosterone will be good.  But I will miss Freddie. I really will–dang sweet boys.

Freddie and Xerxes up north

I’d like to leave the north paddock empty to grow, but that just isn’t going to happen.  I’m going to have to put Flower up there.  I’ll leave Coral with her.

Flower chowing down on last year’s grass

If I have to, I can put more old ladies up there, but I’m hoping warm weather and green grass will help them.

Old ladies: Reva, Joani, and Bambi

And all that moving goats around means I can put Aphrodite in the Love Shack.  That way my mom can check her while I’m at work.

Aphrodite (I think one baby)

I’ve also told Aphrodite to clamp that tail down and hold off until Friday.  I have Good Friday off work, so that would be a perfect day to have an oopsie baby.