Tag Archives: Odie

Grass Seed

1 Feb

Sunday morning I decided to forget about waiting on the goats to go out to pasture so I could move Fionn up north with the other bucks.  I blocked the barn door with everyone on the other side of the barnyard, and then I opened the panel and called to Fionn.  He came trotting over and followed right behind me.  We got to the gate where Sam and Xerxes were and I opened it.  He went half way in, and then he stopped.  He refused to take another step.  You see, I usually bribe him to walk across the barnyard with corn.  I didn’t have any with me (but I was going to give it to him after he went in), and he wasn’t about to go in if I didn’t have his corn.  I went and got a pitcher of corn, and then he happily went into the north paddock.  I love my good boy!

Fionn, Sam, and Xerxes

Of course, as soon as I got done moving Fionn and opened the barn back up, everyone else decided to go out to pasture.

That was fine with me.  I decided to use this time with the empty barnyard to haul several tubs of old hay from the barn floor over to the mud of the buck pen.

Eventually, the llamas noticed.  Odie was happy to come in and eat from that old round bale.

Odie

Buster somehow missed out on seeing how the girls came in, so he was left wishing he could have some.

Buster

Maybeline decided it was her job to supervise my work (and sample some of the hay I was carrying).

Maybeline

It finally started warming up enough to make the ground slick, so I stopped for the day.

I’ll keep cleaning out the barn and using it to reseed that big hill.  Plus I can add real grass seed once it has a cover to keep wild birds from just eating it.

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While I Was Moving Critters

30 Jan

I’ve been thinking ahead to where I want to put everyone for spring break babies.  I also was getting concerned about Aurora being with just a goat (or seven) in the garage for so long.  Like Stormy, she didn’t seem really happy.  I decided to move her back to the greenhouse.

Aurora

First, I caught Twyla and Toffee and kicked them out of the garage.  They were quite happy to go find their mom, Harley.

front to back: Toffee, Twyla, and Harley

Aurora wasn’t too bad for me to catch.  That’s why she is still wearing a halter.  As long as I have to possibly keep catching her, I’m leaving it on.  After I got the lead attached, I just hit the garage door opener and we walked right out the front of the garage.

She was really good going around and into the greenhouse.

Yes, Aurora.  The other llamas are out in pasture.

Maybeline, Odie, and Buster

When they came up, they really didn’t pay much attention to her.

“I don’t care if Aurora is back out here. Do you plan on feeding me?” demanded Odie.

At least she can see them and watch a whole lot of goats.

Dolly and Coral in front of Aurora (Pistol and Myson to the left)

And she was eating the entire time!

With her by herself, I can tell how much she is eating as opposed to the goats spilling it.

I’ll keep a close eye on her as we go back to colder temperatures, but hopefully, she can stay out here now.  Finally, I did something that didn’t seem to be a whole lot more difficult than it needed to be!

A Llama Analogy

11 Jan

This is Odie.  She is just standing around looking happy.  That’s like me when I sink down onto the couch in the evening.

Odie

Then Maybeline walks up and gets in her face.  That’s what Sky does to me.

Maybeline and Odie

Then Odie and I both put on our cranky llama ears.  I can almost hear her “No!  Get away.  Get out of my face!” I may say those words to Sky rather frequently.

I truly get your pain, Odie.  At least Maybeline doesn’t lick you the way Sky licks me.