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Together

9 Aug

I just got Gilbert and Benji moved into the little buck pen, and now I’ve already made changes.

Benji front; Gilbert back

We had rain in the forecast with some possible storms for Saturday night.  I don’t want Xerxes and Freddie to be stuck on the front pasture without shelter.

Freddie (front); Xerxes (back

So I went out yesterday morning and opened the gate.

Freddie and Benji didn’t seem to care about each other’s presence at all.

just walking past each other

Gilbert was just giving me some attention.

Benji started exploring, and Xerxes noticed.

Xerxes is the one I was just a little worried about.  But it went really well.

Benji came back and entered the buck room.  Freddie didn’t want to share the lick tub, but otherwise it went well.

I did see Xerxes chase Benji around a tree in pasture, but it didn’t seem too serious.

Somehow, Gilbert didn’t make it out to pasture with the other three, so he stayed up by the building and wished he were out there.

By evening they were all hanging out together.

The big test would be whether or not they could share the building in the event of a storm.  We only got a couple of easy showers, but it seems the two young boys could not get in the shelter.

Benji in the door; Xerxes and Freddie inside; I don’t know where Gilbert was.

Well, as long as it doesn’t storm, I’ll just leave them and let everyone keep getting to know each other.

Back on the Back

2 Aug

When they were baling hay on the Back Forty, they were careful to close the gates so nobody got on the back side.  Remember, I had everyone shut off because they goats were in the corn field.  I have posts, but I’ve been waiting for the hay to be made before I went out and fixed fence.  Well, when they had to change hay racks, they didn’t see the llamas, so they left the gates open for the few minutes it took to switch racks.  Yep, the llamas came in.

Aurora, Maybeline, and Odie coming through the gates the next day.

We tried getting them out.  But they were having none of it.  And you can’t herd llamas.  Odie just kicked her heels up and laughed at me when I tried herding them out.

Odie

So I did a quick hobble job to hold them out of the corn field for now, and everyone is back on the back half of the Back Forty.

No goats in the corn!

Even Haley made it out there.

Notice how brown it is.  Luckily, we had about two-tenths of an inch of rain right after we finished making the hay, but we are still way too dry.

Pretzel running to get a bottle. Poor girl just had her mid-day bottle cut.

Soon, this back hill will get cut and made into the rest of the hay I need for winter.

Getting the barn filled with hay will make me feel good.

The Winter’s Hay

31 Jul

My nephew came and mowed my field on Tuesday.  This is the second cutting off the waterways and buffer strip where there are no animals on it.

We really need to find a time to fertilize it because the goats, making hay off of it, and our drought has really been hard on it.

He didn’t even mow the back hill.

I’m not sure there will be as much as I’d like to have going into the winter, but I do still have a loft full from last year.

Thursday, his dad came out and got it into windrows.

He might have had to wait for the goats to cross the bottom before he could keep going.

Then he baled.

taking it to be put inside for the night

He finished up the last little bit with the round baler before it got dark.

There wasn’t enough to get me what I needed, so he’ll either mow that back hill, or I’ll have to find more hay somewhere else.

The llamas snuck out and were watching him.

I’m pretty tired of this drought.