Tag Archives: Odie

Updates and Preparing to Leave

29 Jun

With mixing the herd together again, that means Moose is back on the side of the barnyard where the chicken pen is.

Moose

And he immediately decided to see if he could get in there.  He is such a brat.

Is it me, or is Odie using Ostara as a scratching post?  Never seen her do that to a goat before.

Ostara and Odie (Cinnamon in front)

Speaking of Ostara, she’s actually been letting me pet her again.  Most of the time.

I had to adjust my rhubarb’s cages.  My dog was peeing on it.

Hopefully the bigger space will help protect it from Sky.

Oh, I’ve also made progress on getting the deck sealed.

I still need to do another coat on the flat boards and I haven’t done the vertical ones yet, but the weather and everything else has made it difficult. By “everything else” I do mean goats.

While I’ve been working on the deck and front yard, I did some weed removal and created a rock garden.  It’s not done, but it should hold the weeds back while I’m gone.

I have the cattle tank up and running to try and make chores easier while I’m gone.

I’ve been working to get the garden in shape as well.  I even have someone kind enough to check it for me while I’m away.

Garden (in the process of finding everything)

I got the buck room scooped out.

It’s a good thing I finished because there isn’t really more room on the manure spreader.

I had to take frequent breaks because a pair of barn swallows had just hatched babies and they really needed me to not be in there so they could take care of the little ones.

At my age, I was more than happy to take long, frequent breaks.  For the babies, of course.

Xerxes seems to be a bit confused as to what happened to all that soft bedding (manure and hay) that he got to sleep on.

Xerxes

I even spent an evening testing out the tent and air mattress.

I am really getting excited for this trip!

Leftovers

28 Jun

Just a few of the leftover pictures from around the farm.

Aurora

Sidney’s boy, Frosty

Miss Goose with clean water!

Eastern Kingbird

Odie and Maybeline

Margarita, Terry, and Howie

Ostara

Pluto

Purl and Jethro

Rocky

Sidney

Sun shining through the cottonwood trees

Zinnia and Joy

Zinnia

Eastern goldfinch

Taking flight.

Hope you enjoyed.

JJ to the Rescue

19 Jun

Like a large portion of the country, we’re hot.  Really hot.  I had hoped the llamas would be sheared before we got to this point because the shearer had told me it would be around the first of June.  Last time I contacted him, he said it would be around the 20th.

I’m pretty sure, with those temperatures, Maybeline would not make it.  I called the only other person I know who has sheared a llama–JJ.

Aurora

I got the girls penned, and she showed up the next morning!

Maybeline (front) and Odie

We started by getting them all haltered and tied.  I was afraid Aurora would try to bust out because I think she’s had a pretty sad past.  I believe the woman who had her before me got her as a rescue, and she has some major trust issues.

Aurora and Odie

We started with Maybeline.  She has done well before with just being haltered and not put in a stanchion, so that’s what we decided to try.

Maybeline was miserable

She did well.  A couple of stomps and a minor kick, but she did well.  And I can’t say enough about how amazing Miss JJ is with the animals.

Maybeline and JJ

Aurora was next (no picture because she needed all my attention).  With the theory that sometimes less is more, we decided to try her tied like we did Maybeline instead of setting up the stanchion.  She didn’t spit. She didn’t scream.  She did lie down, but when I untied her, she stood right up.  When she went to lie back down again, I just put my foot under her so she thought something was there.  JJ finished Aurora’s belly quickly, and she was done.

Odie was last, and since she’s usually my best one, we also decided to simply tie her.  She did a really good job also.

The stoic Odie and JJ

Well, we might have killed her because if you ask a llama, shearing is fatal.  Just kidding.  The first thing a llama wants to do after being sheared is to go roll around.

Odie

Maybeline was hot when I caught her.  I could feel the heat on her neck when I put the halter on, and afterwards, she was acting like herself and trotted out to pasture. She looks so much happier now.

Aurora will be cool, but we just did a belly cut on her so she would be warmer this winter.

Aurora

Look it’s the Loch Ness Maybeline!

I cannot say how grateful I am to this young lady for helping my girls and me.