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Joy’s Turn

15 Jun

Once again, I looked out in pasture and saw Joy by herself on the front hill.  She was pawing and turning and up and down.

No Joy in this one because I didn’t have my camera/phone, but this was what I saw on my way back out (you’ll understand that comment later).

So I went out to haul her and her babies up from pasture. But she hadn’t had them yet.  So I just hung out.  The rest of the herd showed up and I had to keep shooing the young bucks away because they thought she smelled interesting.

Bull (he wasn’t being naughty, but I didn’t have a picture of Tommy)

Then she didn’t give birth.  I did a check and found big feet and nose all smooshed together in the birth canal.  I hadn’t come out prepared to pull a baby, so I didn’t have a towel with me.  Trust me, it is hard to pull those slimy little kids without something to help keep those legs from just slipping out of your hands.  I did the only thing I could and whipped my shirt off to use.

I finally got both legs out and pulled.  I tried to use my hands to open her up.  I pulled.  I apologized for hurting her.  I wished I had my phone.  Then I put my foot on her back side so I could pull harder. Then I tried working it out again.  We were making progress, but very slow.  It was a good thing he wasn’t even a dot bigger because I barely got him out, but I got him out.

I left her in pasture and went back to the house (to put a shirt on) and got a towel and my phone.  When I got back, she still hadn’t stood up.

I let her rest and keep cleaning him off, but it was getting dark.

Finally, I had her follow me into the barnyard and over to the buck room.

Poor boy was worn out–it was a hard birth.

Don’t worry, I did give Joy some pain meds.  She is doing well.

Joy with a food pan full of baby.

In the morning, her baby had rattling lungs because it was such a long, difficult birth and hot humid weather, so he got meds.

Joy’s buck

Now they are both doing well!

Monday Leftovers

16 May

I’ve been playing with the camera, and I have a lot of pictures I haven’t shared because it’s also been really busy.  So today is all leftovers!



My crab apple is blooming.

turkey vulture


The bobolinks are back!


lady red-winged blackbird

Baltimore Oriole


This bobolink must be new because he’s awfully shy.

eastern meadowlark

Baltimore Oriole




Tiger turned 1-year-old on May 5th.


A beautiful sunset from last week.

Have a great new week.

Just Some More

19 Mar

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of the week.  It goes so fast when I’m home kidding.

The sunset is moving back north.

Antigone feeding her babies, Spunky and Spuds


The moon rising with a sparrow in the tree at the first of the week.

Bob Cat is loving the warmer weather.

Hilda washing Shellie

Bambi has started getting meloxicam for her old bones.

I saw a bluebird in pasture (no meadowlarks yet).

Daisy in pasture

Cutie in pasture

Haley-staying out of the mud or waiting to sneak in???

It will be weird going to work after a two weeks. I’ll wish I were still home.  Just saying.