Tag Archives: Vinnie

After the Storms

16 Apr

I am pretty sure it’s going to be a while before my fences get fixed.  I did shut the gate between the barnyard and pasture, so nobody can go out there.

Maybeline wasn’t too happy; although she’s obviously been eating hay.

But my fence that keeps Aurora, Lily and Vinnie out of the pasture is also smashed.  I’m pretty sure Vinnie isn’t leaving the building until it warms up (like July).

Vinnie

Lily already managed to sneak out once, but she just wanted in the barnyard.  I’m not sure she really needs to go in there.  Everyone is cranky.  I put her back where she belongs.

Lily

I am not sure if Aurora will stay put or not.

Aurora

I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry, so I set a couple of T-posts and threw same panels across to make sure they stay in.  I’m not the only one dealing with the after effects of the storm.

I hope they had good insurance because I’m sure their house is a total loss.  Poor babies.

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Still Waiting for Spring

1 Apr

We are having our coldest Easter in ten years.  Our forecast for the next week or so is calling for temperatures averaging about ten degrees below our historical average.

Maybeline “I love my thick wool coat right now.”

Poor Vinnie really wishes she could be a snowbird and spend winters in Florida or Texas.  She is still huddling inside most of the day.

Vinnie

Still, if you can find a place in the sun and out of the wind it isn’t too bad.

Betty Lou

The kids that weren’t in the garage don’t mind it.  They don’t know how much nicer it’s supposed to be.

Hermes

We are still going through a crazy amount of hay.  They are almost done with their second round bale.

Zinnia

We are all way more than ready for real spring warmth.

Still, if you look closely, you can start to see a hint of green in the pasture.

Holy Mother of Oopsie Babies

6 Mar

I’ve had a hard time this year deciding who settled for spring break babies and then why I didn’t see several girls come into heat when I put them back in with Fionn for June kids.  It’s just been hard.  Lots of udders that are small, which isn’t unusual for such a cold winter.  But last week, I noticed that Pistol looked like she was gaining weight.

Pistol

Usually, this time of year, they start losing their winter fat, and she hasn’t had any winter fat to lose with the rough winter.  Sunday, I did a quick udder check.  She’s definitely making an udder.

Two years ago, she had oopsie babies when Fionn bred her through the fence.  Granted, oopsie babies are cute, but still…  I like to know when they are coming.

Tommy and PJ

I do remember when I had the girls with Fionn for spring break breeding, Pistol and Fionn were making out through the fence, but what are the chances he’d do that again?

Then I remembered that I had a horrible fall.  I couldn’t manage to get rid of the last of my little bucks.  I had Colt, Biscuit and Butter with the girls way longer than they should have been.   I was a bit worried, but most of the time they were sick with worms (part of why they weren’t sold sooner).

Reva watching Colt, Biscuit and Butter on Farina

When I shut the boys in, I ended up giving all my little girls a shot.  That was the last I thought about it.

Fionn, Sam, Sidney, and Colt

Now that I figured out Pistol is pregnant, I started thinking about when I removed the little bucks.  Even though I saw Haley and Victoria come back into heat after attempting to breed them for spring break kids, but I haven’t seen them come back into heat after that one time–not even when they were with Fionn to try and make June babies.  That started making sense.  They kind of feel like they are making an udder, especially Haley, but it isn’t anywhere near as big as I think it should be.  I’m guessing that means they are due three weeks later.

Haley

Victoria

But, as I was going through the files to find a picture of my little bucks, I found this gem that shows Victoria making out with Sam.  And look!  It’s after I shut the two little boys in.  I have no idea who is due and who is not.  Or when they might be due.

Colt, Butter, Sam and Victoria

Harley had been given a shot, but she never came into heat when I was trying to breed for spring break babies.  That means, even though I didn’t see it, she probably came into heat the next week.  I’m guessing she might be due about four weeks after spring break.  Again, I didn’t see her come into heat when she was with Fionn to make June babies.  But sometimes it’s hard to notice when it’s cold and the days are short.

Harley

Vinnie also feels like she’s making an udder, and I never saw her come into heat for June babies when I had her shut in with Sam.  Because I hadn’t given her a shot to bring her into heat for spring break babies (because I couldn’t catch her), I don’t know what her heat cycle was.  I have no clue when she might be due.  To make it harder, Vinnie, Haley, Harley, and Pistol all had kids on them fairly late in the season, and it takes a while for their udders to go back down in size.  That is part of what I’ve been trying to decide with a couple of the girls–newly developing udder or drying up.

Vinnie

Then it makes me wonder about Ava.  I hadn’t felt an udder on her until a couple weeks after I started feeling everyone else’s udders.  That means they might have bred her too, but I doubt it.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see if she has babies over spring break.  If not, she’ll be due three weeks later.

Ava

Same thing with Annie (who is an oopsie baby herself).  She almost feels like she’s starting to make an udder now, but she didn’t feel like it at all a week ago.  I was pretty certain about calling her open (and just fat).  Now I’m not so sure.

Annie

Basically, I’m saying I have not a clue who is having spring break babies, who might be bred for the next month, and who will have June babies.

Ava and Harley

I can say with Pistol and any of the girls who have kids other than on spring break if the kids have wattles, they belong to Colt; if the kids are polled, they belong to Butter; if the kids have horns and no wattles, I have no clue who they belong to.

Colt and Butter

It could be an interesting next month or so trying to figure it all out.  This is why I try to practice good animal husbandry skills.  Obviously, this year was an epic failure.