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In the Garage

11 Feb

With the goats getting moved out of the garage, that means Tony didn’t have any company.  You’ll notice the hay on his face. That’s a good sign that he was eating!


Welll, I did move the hen back into the garage because her leg was getting wonky again.  I think it’s arthritis because she seems to improve almost as soon as she gets in the garage where it’s warmer.

Mama Phoenix

She seems happy with the arrangement.

Anyhow, llamas are herd animals, and they do not tolerate being alone very well.  I want to keep Tony as unstressd as possible. That means I brought over some company.


Anubis wasn’t too sure about being in there by himself.  By the time I had carried Pluto over, he was yelling for his company.

Pluto and Anubis

They both thought they should get to go back to the Love Shack, but I think they should stay with Tony.  I was kind of impressed they could both get their heads through one hole.

If nothing else, they will provide him with entertainment to watch.

That is if Anubis doesn’t get too rowdy.

Although Pluto was more interested in eating than playing.

Hopefully, they’ll settle in and be good company.  I also was hoping for the benefit of giving Tony dinner companions.


That seems to be working!

Anubis and Pluto in front (Tony behind)

Check it out on video HERE.


Done Breeding

4 Feb

I had my bucks and does together a bit longer than I planned, but everyone is back where they belong now.

Xerxes, Fionn and Zeus

Because of our February thaw, it wasn’t too hard to get my gate open to let Fionn back on the front pasture/buck room.

Fionn (with Zeus behind)

I just had to do a little scooping of the snow along the fence.  Then I managed to get it picked up from the already thawing ground.  Cookie left the front pasture and came through the gate too, but I had to chase and catch Zinnia a couple of times and then drag her through the garage to get her back with the main herd.


Zeus is a bit unsure of being back with the big boys.  He actually liked being the king of the greenhouse.  Xerxes says he’d never hurt some little buck.  He’s a nice guy.


The girls Zeus had with him were happy to be back with the rest of the herd.


I got all of my old ladies back up north.  Thankfully, they were fairly cooperative (except Cupid).  Harley even walked and didn’t make me drag her!  They did also appreciate all the paths I shoveled through the snow drifts.  At least it’s back down to bare ground when it freezes (tonight).

Harley, Cupid, and Lily

With moving the old ladies, that means Tony is back to being by himself in the garage.


Well, he still had the hen’s company for a day, but she was doing much better.  She was walking well, and I gave her a toenail trim, so she got to go back to the rest of the flock.

Ms. Phoenix

The last goats I have to split up are Hera and the two little boys.  I kind of hurt both of my knees (in a completely graceless move while taking Zeus back to the buck pen), so they get to stay together for a couple more days.

Anubis, Hera, and Pluto

When I do split them up, I think I’ll put the little bucks with Tony for company.

New Ladies

27 Aug

Last year saw the loss of a lot of my chickens due to predators and age.  When my nephew and his wife decided to order chickens, I asked if they’d order an extra ten for me.  They agreed.  Then the day before the little chicks were scheduled to arrive, the door fell off my brooder pen.  Seriously.

from a previous batch of chicks

Then I went out to the outdoor pen and saw what bad shape it was in and didn’t know how I’d ever keep them safe and inside the pen.  My little peacock was quite big before I could keep him confined.

peacock baby from a couple years ago

I was also already struggling with trying to get weight on Aurora and it was in the middle of the copper crisis with all the goats, and I was overwhelmed, so I asked if I could leave them with him.  Again, he was awesome.  As the summer has gone on though, I’ve missed chickens and having eggs here.

This weekend they sent ten hens home with me.  They are pretty girls.

Even though chickens have to establish a pecking order and can be quite mean, I wasn’t too worried about them getting along since there’s a lot more of the new ones than my old ones.

2 new barred rocks, nugget and my old red hen

But my phoenix hen is being naughty.  She’s the smallest bird out there.  They could step on her and smash her.

phoenix hen

Nugget just has more girls to take care of.


The biggest problem is the peacocks.  They are not very smart birds, and they just want to peck at the new ones.  The new girls havnen’t figured out not to let the peacocks walk up to them and peck their face.  Hopefully, everyone gets adjusted soon.  I’ll keep a close eye on them to make sure nobody is seriously injured.

new hen and a peacock

It was just the next day when someone gave me my first egg.

It’s a cute little pullet egg!