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That Time of Year

19 Aug

It is once again that time of year that I dread.  It’s the end of summer.  Every year, it gets harder to go back to work and leave the farm.  We are still in full production mode with the garden.  I can’t keep up with everything, and the tomatoes have barely started.

I’m still milking.  I’ve almost got a year’s supple of Mozzarella in the freezer.

It would be nice to have lots of milk to play with and try some cheddar cheese, but the four girls I’m milking seem to be drying up.  By the way, that adds a whole level of fun to getting up and ready for work in the morning.  I’m going to miss my lounging with a cup of coffee after I get done milking.

Ava

I really want to wean Joy, so I can milk Zinnia since the other girls are slowing down.  Zinnia wants to come in, and I’d let her just come in if she brought her girl with her because Joy is still a little sassy pants.  But she won’t come in the door.

Joy (by her mom)

Then I get retired goats, like her grandmaa Haley, trying to bust in for some sweet feed.

Haley

It’s also hard going back to work with the older goats. Stormy is looking pretty rough trying to stand up, so I decided it was time to start her on the anti-inflammatory meds also.

Stormy

Luckily she like peanut butter crackers, too.

This was literally a test cracker to see if she’d eat it.  Definitely a yes!

It’s also that time when I have to decided if the random days of diarrhea are from worms or copper deficiency.  It’s a symptom of both.

Hilda

I have several whom I think could just drop dead of a heart attack at any time because of anemia from the copper deficiency. I really wish I could have known what was going on when I first tried to find out.

Vinnie

Even after the copper, Cupid doesn’t seem to be getting her dark orange spots back.  Although, I do think there’s a couple that look like they have a little more color. I’m just afraid of killing them by giving them too much.

Cupid

I still have a few of my March kids on the farm, and I won’t have a chance to sell them until next month sometime.  Some of the are looking good.

Poki

Some you can see have a fishtail from the lack of copper.

Wendy

Then there’s a couple that just look horrible.  I hate to even try to sell them looking like this.

Tootles

Then there’s Tink.  I can’t keep her head out of the fences, so she had to have a horn apparatus put on before I go back to work.

Tink

I also need to look at my fragile June babies.  They seem to get hit harder by the lack of copper than the March kids. Sadly, Bambi lost her baby due to the combination of copper deficiency and worms.  I have wormed all of the June babies, and still they are not growing well.

Button (Aphrodite’s baby)

I am also afraid they are too small to give copper yet.  I need to balance their needs with the needs of their moms.

Cookie and Marge

I’m leaning towards weaning them.  It will be eaiser on the moms, and hopefully, they will eat the sweet feed if I shut them up north.  That’s not a given though.

Marge

Pluto ended up with the blood transfusion last year because he refused to eat the minerals or sweet feed.

Pluto

It’s just the time of year that has me crazy with worry.

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Those Boys

13 Aug

Fionn is doing better.  He still isn’t coming into rut, but he did at least notice Cookie when she walked past him.  Although, I am happy he’s not getting all stinky since I am in there with him several times a day.

Fionn

He gets to watch the kids.

Frisco is pretty good at jumping through the gate when he thinks I have a bottle.

Frisco

He hangs out in the Love Shack and eats and eats and eats.

Hes so silly!

I know he’s feeling better because he’s rather demanding about his food anymore. If I take too long opening the gate, he starts beating on it.

Still not going to kiss that nose because that beard is stained from previous years.

He’s also eaten most of the green stuff that was growing in the pen.

If he keeps improving, I’ll consider moving him back with the rest of the boys, but they are in rut.  I would hate to have Xerxes try fighting with him while he’s still weak.

Xerxes

Zeus and Anubis are also in rut.  They are crazy peeing all over themselves and each other.

Zeus

It’s all kinds of stinky in there.

Anubis

I told Pluto he better be happy I took him out of there when I did.

Pluto (with his mom, Dolly, behind him)

He’s still clean and sweet and smoochable!

Goats in Pasture

12 Aug

Since we’ve mowed the Back Forty, I’ve let the goats out on the back part again.

They are really enjoying it.

Even though we have horrible dry conditions, they still have lots to eat out there.

Cupid

Dolly

Not only is it good to eat, they can enjoy lying down and rubbing on the grass.

Bubbles

Apparantly Bubbles has been watching her maa, Mary.

Mary

Like mother; like daughter!

Penelope tried that too, but she couldn’t help but grab a blade of grass to nibble on.

Penelope

They spend a crazy amount of time out there wandering around and napping and eating.

LilyAnn and Ringo

Victoria

Pepe

Some of my June kids go out; some are still staying in the barnyard.

Cookie and Marge

Aphrodite feeding Button

Myson, as usual, was glued to my side.

Myson

At least, this is one fence Hera isn’t going to get stuck in. Thank goatness!

Hera

I am really  happy to have Pluto back with everyone.  He’s such a sweet little guy.

Pluto

We’re all enjoying the mowed grass.