Tag Archives: Vinnie

Need More Fall

14 Nov

The challenging weather last week means that I’ve kind of stalled out on getting caught up with hooves.  I’m happy to say that Wanda’s hoof is all healed.

Wanda

I did manage to get a couple of my more challenging girls done right before the rain started.

Bonnie

I still have quite a few that I need to catch.  Some I am really not looking forward to.

Penny

I still need to make sure I get Caroline and Clover another time (or two) before the cold permanently settles in for the winter.

Sweet Caroline

I have to admit, I’ve been delaying my stinky boys.  Zeus got done before I put him in with the two big bucks, but I really need to get Fionn’s feet done because he’s another one who has the white line disease.

Fionn

I swear hooves are a never-ending job.  Of course, right after I scheduled this post, the goats decided to have a siesta Sunday afternoon, and I managed to get five more done!  Of course, I did Myson and Moose outside (tethered to a post), and Casey decided to help.  He rubbed his head against my head the entire time.  He’s so helpful!

Casey

Then when I was doing chores, I told Vinnie I really needed to get her hooves done.  Since I usually can’t touch her, I was thrilled when she followed me to the milk room, came in and calmly ate while I trimmed her hooves.

Vinnie

She and her twin sister, Pistol, have always been able to understand human speak perfectly.  They amaze me.

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Who’s In Heat

26 Oct

Well, it didn’t take long after I separated the bucks and does to start figuring out who didn’t come into heat and get bred for spring break babies.

Vinnie

I think Vinnie was flirting with Xerxes about two days after they were sorted off.

The next day, Daisy came into heat and was making out with him.

Xerxes and Daisy

That same day, Athena was infatuated with him too.  Of course, she and Hera and Aphrodite were not put with a buck, so I hope they come into heat.

Athena

I guess we’ll see how many settled for sure in another couple of weeks.

My Plan Worked!

14 Oct

This is Part II of my continuing my posts on making spring break babies. Saturday morning, as soon as I got done milking, I started implementing my plan for making spring break kids.  I had set panels where I needed them the night before, and before everyone got up for the morning, I shut them in the barn.

Betty Lou

There was already a few goats up and out on my side of the barnyard, but most of them were my milking girls.  No worries.  I just grabbed my lutalyse and gave them a shot to bring them into heat.  I even managed to catch the three that weren’t my milking girls.  Since one of them was Vinnie, I was really shocked and happy!

Vinnie

I had to put Lily in the barn so I could let her out the other side, but that was easy peasy.

Lily

Then I just grabbed my drugs and syringe and started poking girls and putting them out into the barnyard.  As I caught the wethers and retired ones, I put them out of the barn on the other side of the barnyard.  I will say, I decided that once I caught Daisy, I wasn’t letting go, so I walked her all the way over to the buck pen where I planned on putting Xerxes with his girls.

Daisy Ann

It actually was easier than I thought it might be. I did change my mind on which buck a couple of the girls got put with, but overall, I’m happy to say it’s all good!

Xerxes

Along with Daisy, Xerxes got several Sam sisters.

Cutie, Astra, Ava, Xerxes, and Zinnia (Daisy in back)

It will be interesting to see if I can figure out how to milk Zinnia while she’s over there.  Tomorrow Part III.