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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.

Haley

13 Apr

I’ve been trying to have fewer goats in the milk room because it’s a free-for-all when I try to go through the door.  I might have accidentally shut Pretzel’s head in the door once.

Pretzel

That means I haven’t been feeding all the old ladies their little bit of extra sweet feed.

Dolly

The temperatures has still been mostly well below average (except for a couple of extra warm days), which means the pasture hasn’t grown like it should for this time of year. That has been hard on the old girls.

Joani

Haley ended up with bottle jaw.  I caught it early.  They just had copper two weeks earlier, but I did check and she only had 2 grams.

Haley

So I gave her another 2 grams and shut her in the Love Shack for a couple of days.

She was better, so I moved her up with Flower and Coral.

Haley, Coral, and Flower

I wish the goats had a pop-up timer (like the Thanksgiving turkey) to let me know when they need more copper.  It would be so much easier than guessing.

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.