Tag Archives: pasture

The Rainbow After the Rain

27 Jun

I was a bit irritated with Sidney again because she left her kids in pasture again (you’ll read more about that when I’m on vacation).

I had already had to haul her kids up the day before.

And the rain was coming.

I looked in pasture as long as I could, but I admit I ran for the barn with the rest of the herd.  Maybe I can use having my camera as an excuse.

Anyhow, it was a brief shower, and after the rain stopped I caught Sidney and put a collar and leash on her and drug her out to pasture telling her to find her kids.  She screamed at the top of her lungs and eventually, we found them.  They were dripping wet, but I brought them back to the barnyard.

Crystal and Frosty

Then she turned right around and took them out on top of the hill again.

I might have threatened her if she left her kids in pasture again.

Frosty

While I was standing there with her, I noticed a little rainbow.

Hopefully, that’s a sign that she’s done with all of this foolishness.

Adjusting the Herd

25 Jun

I know you’re shocked to hear that I moved goats around again.  Actually, I just put the boys back on their front pasture.

Benji back on the front pasture

That made them very happy.

Freddie and Frodo with Xerxes behind

I did have to intervene with Ava and her kids.  Three babies are hard to raise.  She did it last year, and she’s trying this year, but one girl was looking pretty thin.  Of course, skinny little Sophia is the only one of the three I couldn’t get to take a bottle.

Ava with Heidi, Simon and Sophia

That means I decided to take Simon and Heidi and send them off to stay with Aunt Connie. She will keep them and bottle feed them for me while I’m on vacation. Then they can come home (or stay with Aunt Connie a bit longer if she wants.  At any rate, it’s the best I could come up with for the four of them.

Simon and Heidi

Everyone else is back in one giant group.

Everyone coming up from pasture

It looks like a mob in there now.

I was a little worried about Flower getting back with everyone and not getting picked on, but she’s doing well.

Flower is even holding her own with the herd!

I hope this is how everyone stays until it’s time to breed for next year.

The Neglected Ones

20 Jun

It’s true.  This time of year, if a goat didn’t just have kids or aren’t about to have kids, then they are being neglected.

Onyx and Victoria (I decided a while ago that Onyx didn’t settle, but don’t think I mentioned it.)

Most of my time is spent with the moms and tracking kids and cleaning butts and all that fun stuff.  Everyone else is pretty much feeding themselves on the Back Forty and being self-sufficient.

Casey

Of course, my old girls are still getting their meds.

Haley

I do count all the older kids.

Shellie

I make sure everyone makes it safely up from pasture and aren’t over-heating.

Aurora (they are supposed to be sheared before I go on vacation.)

They are getting plenty of fresh water, and I made sure to put a new salt/mineral block over there for them.

Maybeline getting a drink

Okay.  They really are not neglected.

Pretzel

They just think they are.