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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!

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Jailed and Exiled

11 Aug

Hormones really have kicked in.  It seems like the calendar change to August was like flipping a switch for the girls to come into heat.  Thursday night really saw a lot of girls flicking their tails and hanging out by the bucks.

Cupid and Xerxes

Cinnamon was all loopy and jumping the other girls.

Cinnamon and Hera

Thursday evening, I had to catch Doc because he was relentlessly chasing Caroline around the barnyard.

Doc

Friday morning, Zinnia was being chased through the barnyard by about five of the March bucks.

Zinnia and Joy

That was bad enough, but then they went after Joy.

Joy

I caught them and shut them in prison until I could tag and sell them on Saturday.

“We’re innocent!”

I have threatened Harley if she gets bred through the fence.  It would just kill her with her back injury.

Harley

So she left Xerxes and went to tortured the March bucks.

“How you doin’?” “Love that scent you’re wearing. Come let me get a better whiff.”

They kind of deserved it.  Anyhow, there’s eight fewer bucks on the farm.  I have eight more March kids to leave the farm, and then it will just be the June kids that need sold later in the fall.

Holy Crazy Hormones

5 Aug

It’s important to keep slip-on shoes handy by the door.  As I was getting ready to put on my sneakers, I saw the llama fly past in pursuit of a goat.  I switched into emergency mode, slipped on my shoes and ran out the door.  That allowed me to hear the orgling.

Tony Llama

It’s nice to know I’m not so old that I can’t run because Tony was determined to breed Pluto, my itty bitty wether.  My mom had just arrived, so I grabbed Pluto and got him shoved into the garage with her.

Pluto

I threatened Tony with being turned into a wether, and he just kept orgling.  Then Zeus didn’t help because he tried jumping Tony (the wrong end).

Zeus

Then Tony went after Anubis.  I was a little worried, but Anubis likes his horns, and a quick jab was all it took to get Tony to back off.  That got Tony to settle down, thankfully.

Anubis

Xerxes was off making out with Maggie while all of this was going on, but I’m not worried about him either.

Xerxes and Maggie

He’s a big boy.

Xerxes

I’m guessing the bucks coming into rut and the girls starting to come into heat didn’t help Tony. He just wants to do his job, but really.

By the way, with Fionn not feeling well, Xerxes has been promoted to my main herd sire. I’m pretty sure he’s up for the job.

Anyhow, I brought Pluto back into the main herd.

Pluto

It has been almost a year since he was with his mom and the rest of the herd, and I don’t think he’s much bigger than he was then.  He didn’t make it out to pasture with everyone.

Pluto and Aurora

So after lunch, I walked with him out to pasture to find the herd.  He followed me through the barn, down the lane and out to pasture.  We went across the bottom, through the gates, had a leaf as a snack, and went up the hill.

You get pictures of this because we had a renactment the next day.

Finally, we made it to the rest of the herd.  I tried to get him to go with his mom, but she’s not sure about him being back with the group.

Dolly and Pluto

I thought it was going to be pretty easy, but once we got out there, he was glued to my side.  I couldn’t get away from him.  He butted heads with Hera for a while.

Hera

Finally, I managed to sneak away.

When I checked on him later, he was just lying in the middle of everyone.  He is such a little sweetie.

It’s easy to forget he’s over a year old.  He’s more closely matched to Pepe, the smallest of my March kids.  These two make a good pair.

Pluto in front; Litha and Pepe in back

Pepe

I will say, Anubis was a bit upset about his twin brother being taken from him.

Zeus and Anubis; Pluto on the other side

But he still has his buddy Zeus to keep him company.

Hopefully, Tony will settle down.

Otherwise, he might have to get wethered.  I’d kind of like to not have to do that until I get to at least see the babies he made with Maybeline and Odie.