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Not Quite How I Planned

9 Jul

My plan to put the moms on the front pasture so their kids could get used to following them is not working out well.

Cupid with Pongo nursing

Mostly because the pasture is so thick the kids can’t even walk out there.

Sidney feeding her boys

Really.  When I was out checking on them, Frodo saw me and was going to bounce away.  He fell and pretty much did a face plant.  It’s just brutal trying to walk out there.

Rosie and Frodo (mid face plant)

I saw Pretzel and one of the red ones (maybe Lemuel) trying to find their moms.  I could see them bouncing through the tall grass and hear them calling.  Pretty soon they were at the fence and still calling to try and find their moms.  They did eventually find the herd.

Pretzel

This weekend I might try to put everyone on the Back Forty again.  The kids will most likely stay up here in the barnyard, but they will be fine. They’ll get to pig out (like Perdita) when their moms come up from pasture.

Thunder (front) and Lightning nursing

If they do go out to pasture, it will be a lot easier for them to get around, and they are getting old enough that they shouldn’t just fall asleep out there, and since I have them on just the front half after their escapades the other day, it will be easier to keep track of them.

Moving Goats Again

29 Jun

I decided it was time to move goats again.  Sidney and Moira were in the Love Shack, and there really isn’t much shade.  There’s even less green stuff to eat.  They really needed out.

Moira and Sidney in the Love Shack

Hilda and Cupid were in the same situation in the greenhouse, but it is a bit bigger indoor space.  That makes it a little better.

Cupid in the Love Shack

Anyhow, I decided to do some moving and rearranging to give all my  moms plenty of pasture.  I also hoped to keep Tiger from getting stuck in the fence.  I waited until the herd went out to pasture.

in the Back Forty

I started by dividing my barnyard in half with a couple of panels.

The llamas on the north half of the barnyard

Of course, the llamas showed up just as I was getting ready to do my changes.  I put another panel in the barn to divide it.  Then I decided to bribe the llamas to go back to the other side.

Odie

It worked!

Maybeline and Aurora (Odie behind)

Next up was using some feed to bribe my moms in the north paddock to go into that pen I had just created in the barn.  That was also easy peasy.  I shut them in with one of my panels that I had previously had dividing the barnyard.

the moms from up north

Of course, the kids were still hanging out up by the gate, but I decided I’d deal with them later.  I had all the adults out of the way.

Ivy, Jack, Glover, Lemuel, and Sunshine

Then I went to the buck room.

Freddie and Tiger

They were going to move north.  Xerxes and Freddie were easy.  They just followed me right up.

Xerxes and Freddie (Sunshine and Ivy under the tarp)

I had to go back and bring Tiger with me.  Once I got them up there, I shut the gate.

Tiger (Xerxes and Freddie checking out the tarp hut)

About the time I was getting ready to catch the kids and put them in the barnyard where there moms were going to be, some little Perdita girl slid off the top of the quonset hut under the tarp.  I had completely forgotten about her.  I caught her and put her in the barnyard and then went back to catching the five kids.

Perdita and Ivy

Then I let the moms out of the barn to get their kids.  I’m really sure I had already caught Lem.  Oh well. I caught him again and put him back on the sided I wanted him on.

Lemuel looks tiny beside Freddie.

Then the moms decided they were going to go hang out in the barn again.  I guess that was good because I realized I had forgotten to block the openings by the cattle tank.  They could have just walked right out to the Back Forty.  I am not trying to keep track of these eleven kids on forty acres.

To block the cattle tank holes, I had to remove the door from the greenhouse, so that let Hilda and Cupid out.

Zinnia, Glover, Haley, Joani, Cupid, and Tansy

Then I just had to open the Love Shack.  Um.  My panel was kind of sunk into the ground with the grass holding it down. It took a fair amount of work to get it pulled loose.

Then Sidney and Moira were out.

Sidney and Moira

I could not get everyone to come down to the side I wanted them on.  They were all hanging out in the barn, so I finally gave up for a while.

Eventually, when I let Haley into the milk room to change her bandage, everyone else thought they should come beg for food.

Haley’s foot doesn’t slow her down much; Perdita on the bench

I used that opportunity to finish dividing the barnyard in half again.  Pretty soon, everyone else came back up from pasture and tried to figure out what was going on.

Tomorrow, I’ll finish the saga.

Thunder and Lightning

23 Jun

This has just been a crazy June kidding season.  The morning after Moira had her little Pretzel, Sidney went crazy.  I still had her in the Love Shack, and she was screaming her head off. I went out to see what was wrong with her, and she took off running from me crashing into a corner of a panel cutting herself.  I tried to give her space, but she was still constantly yelling.

Sidney

Then when the rest of the herd went out to pasture, she decided she had to escape.  That means she put her head through the panels.  The fourth time she got her head stuck in a half an hour, I put her in the pen I had made in the Love Shack for Moira and let Moira into the rest of the building and outdoor pen.  That didn’t do much to calm her down.  She yelled, she pawed, she was just a lunatic.

This went on all day.  Finally, late in the afternoon, we had some rain come through, and she settled down a little.  Sometimes, those weather fronts really mess with them when they are pregnant, so I thought maybe she wasn’t in labor and it was just weather.

She continued to settle down, and she actually looked calm and relaxed when I checked her about 6:00.  She was just resting and chewing her cud.  When I went back out around 7:00 during a thundershower, she had two kids with her.

Sidney has two little boys: Thunder and Lightning.

Lightning

Thunder

In the continuing of the drama, when I found her, she was still having contractions.  She would lie down and then not push.  I didn’t know if she had a third one that she was having a hard time having or what. I left her for a while and came back to find nothing.  She had another contraction, but there was no placenta and no new kid.  She would not let me check her because she’d been crazy all day.  So I called the vet.  Dr. Aimee came out and announced there was not another kid.  When she was pulling her hand back out, she ended up pulling out the placenta that was all wadded up right there but not coming out.  How weird, but it did explain her behavior.  So lots of drama, but everyone is doing well.

Sidney with Thunder (Lightning is curled up behind her).

I hope the last two girls are way less dramatic than the rest of these June girls (Zinnia being the exception).