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Munching

29 Jun

This time of year is hard to find the critters doing anything but hanging out in pasture munching on grass.

Odie, Maybeline, and Aurora

Flora has managed to get stuck a time or two trying to eat through the fence.

The whole herd

Maybeline

Penelope with Bambi behind

Odie

Aurora

Pistol

Popcorn

Except Myson.  He’s usually standing in a tree or on a rock.

Myson (Cinnamon in front, Reva. Cutie. Addie, Sonny on the back rock, and Moose behind)

We’ve had great weather for the grass to grow into this amazing jungle.

A Quick Switch

13 May

With losing Fionn, Xerxes was lonely in the front pasture all by himself.  Goats do not like to be alone.  That’s why some people will just keep a wether for their buck to have company.  I had tried weaning Uno in there with the two bucks a while ago, but the little snot escaped back to his mom.  Yesterday, I decided I’d just do a quick switch, putting Xerxes and Uno up north and putting Joy and Blaze on the front pasture. That way I could also add my upcoming moms on the front pasture too.

Xerxes and Fionn just a couple of days before Fionn’s death

It should be easy peasy, right.  Well, the first step was waiting for everyone else to go out to pasture.  Then I just used a bit of sweet feed to bribe Joy and Blaze into the Love Shack.  2TC followed, and I had to haul Seven over, but it was easy.

Then I opened the gate to the front pasture and tried the same method of moving Xerxes.  He usually just followed Fionn wherever the food led.  This time, he was really good at following me. Easy peasy.

Xerxes

Of course, I was constantly tripping over Popcorn.

Popcorn

When I turned around though, Maybeline and Odie had gone through the gate and were exploring the front pasture.  Brats.

Odie and Maybeline

I bribed them back out with llama food, and I waited until the llamas went out to pasture before my next step.

Odie eating her bribe

That was putting the girls on the front pasture. I had to “lead” them, but it wasn’t too bad.

Blaze and 2TC

I also added Antigone and Pistol.  Antigone is due in June, and her maa, Pistol, could use a little extra attention.  Tonight, I’ll try to add Margarita since she is due the end of next week.

Antigone and Pistol (front), Blaze, 2TC, and Joy

That just left catching Uno and putting him with Xerxes.  He’s tame, so it shouldn’t be a problem, but he has these slippery-as-butter horns that I just can’t hang on to.  I got him up to the gate, and he slipped away.  I caught him again and decided to do the hold both horns and walk straddling him method.  I got him to the gate and opened it and we were half way through, and then he escaped.  That kid is really a momma’s boy.  He did not want to be weaned at all.  He wanted to stay with his mom and all his other friends in the herd.

Uno

I left him alone, mostly because I couldn’t catch him a third time.  He was on to me by then.  Finally, when I came out later in the evening, his mom, Maisie was in the Love Shack pen eating the leftovers from Blaze and Joy, and Uno was in there too!

Cupid (left), Moira and Gidget (back), and Maisie

I shut the gate and caught the little stinker.  I put a collar on him this time and went back to the straddling him and using both horns to steer method.  I also had the collar as a backup if I lost my grip on his horns again.  This time, I had success!

He even stayed in all night.  That’s good because he’s just four months old, but that’s a lot of buck.

He can do some serious damage to my plans of not having fall oopsie babies.

Routine Work

28 Apr

Now that the herd is all together again, it makes it a lot easier to do that routine work that needs to be done. We’ve also had good weather which helps too.

In pasture with the herd

I had goats out in the field again, so I spent more time hobbling the fence.  I really need this thing to be replaced this summer.

bird on a fence

I have finished the latest round of copper.

Most of the goats are good about taking it hidden in a peanut shell, but some goats…

Tried catching for three days to shove it down her throat and then she decided to demurely take it in a peanut. smh

Those goats who refuse to eat a yummy peanut treat get caught and have the capsule put down their throats.  I much prefer the easy peanut method.

Young ones don’t always know what a yummy treat peanuts are.

I’m also working of hooves.  That is a constant.  This spring has been another really bad one for feet.  Our winter was thaw/freeze/thaw/freeze which was really hard on the hooves.

Cupid with Tiger (front) and Tansy

Most of them have cleaned up pretty well, but Astra’s feet are the worst.  I am trying really hard to get them back in shape.  Three feet are almost there, but that fourth might require some professional assistance.

Astra

Pistol and Blaze were both limping one day, so I checked feet.  Pistol’s was an easy fix. I just had to take the mud that had stuck between her toes and dried in there out–instant fix.  Blaze had to have hers trimmed, but she is still limping.  I’m sure she needs a couple days for the bruise to heal.

Blaze

You might remember Mary’s foot was a mess earlier.  It’s doing well now.

Bubbles, Mary, and Quatro

Of course, I’m still giving Popcorn his bottles.  I’m also trying to get him to go out to pasture with the herd, so he can eat grass and develop a good rumen.  Then I can quit feeding him bottles.

Popcorn

When I took him out, Astra’s boys ended up following us out there too.  Poor Astra.  She generally tries not to have her kids in pasture so she can have a little peace.  I do let her into the milk room for some sweet feed without kids trying to nurse.  It takes a lot to feed triplets.

Astra with Jester and Joker

Next I need to figure out how to get the dog’s toenails trimmed.  I’m not sure how to get him to the vet’s office (usually a two person job) and then I’m not sure they can get him to leave me and go in the clinic.

Sky

I’m going to have to think on this one.