Tag Archives: Xerxes

Too Many Bucks

18 Mar

I currently have five bucks on the farm.

front to back: Zeus, Xerxes, and Fionn

Dolly’s boys have names! Pluto and Anubis

Oops.  I have four bucks on the farm.  Pluto visited the vet and he is now officially the latest wether to be here for the rest of his life.  How could I not do that?  Look at that sweet face.  Okay, he had just been banded and wasn’t feeling the best for this picture, but he is just the sweetest boy!

Pluto

Anubis hopefully bred Hera and I’ll have that baby to help me make the perfect kid.  Once I see what she gives me, I’ll sell Anubis.

Anubis

I kept Zeus to breed a few girls that were too closely related to breed to Xerxes or Fionn.  I might breed with him for another year, or I might try to replace him with a completely unrelated buck this summer.  We’ll just see how things go.

Zeus

I did notice Fionn was starting to walk pretty rough when I moved them back up north.  He’s getting old for a buck.  He’s now eight years old.  He will stay here for the rest of his life, but he’s definitely showing his age.  I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be able to do his job.

Fionn

Xerxes will probably be taking over the position of my main breeding buck soon.

Xerxes

He’s certainly a handsome fellow.

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The Kidding Switch

4 Mar

Of course my plan for kidding means I had to switch goats around.  It started on Friday night with moving my old ladies from the north paddock to the Love Shack.

Lily in the doorway; Antigone and Pistol outside

Antigone managed to get out the next morning and have fun running around.  At least she’s easy to put back where she belongs.  Cupid was a good girl; she stayed with Lily.

Lily and Cupid

Then I bribed my bucks to leave their pen and go through the garage.

Tony, Anubis and Pluto (after I had them confined to a smaller section)

Aurora decided to check things out, which immediately made Tony start thinking about how much he loved her; that made her decide she wanted nothing to do with him and she quickly went back to where she had been.  Llama llove is so confusing.

Aurora

Of course, the move was made more difficult because the small walk-through door was frozen shut, so I had to open the big garage door.

Fionn (after the move north)

But we made it!  They all three followed the corn up to where they belonged.  Corn is an amazing motivator!

Xerxes

In typical fashion, Zeus got out, so I had to chip a bunch of ice and snow away from the gate so I could get it more fully closed.  I am pretty sure that problem is resolved.  That goodness.

Zeus

I was a bit worried about him going in with the big bucks, but they were all in there the first night.

Done Breeding

4 Feb

I had my bucks and does together a bit longer than I planned, but everyone is back where they belong now.

Xerxes, Fionn and Zeus

Because of our February thaw, it wasn’t too hard to get my gate open to let Fionn back on the front pasture/buck room.

Fionn (with Zeus behind)

I just had to do a little scooping of the snow along the fence.  Then I managed to get it picked up from the already thawing ground.  Cookie left the front pasture and came through the gate too, but I had to chase and catch Zinnia a couple of times and then drag her through the garage to get her back with the main herd.

Aurora

Zeus is a bit unsure of being back with the big boys.  He actually liked being the king of the greenhouse.  Xerxes says he’d never hurt some little buck.  He’s a nice guy.

Xerxes

The girls Zeus had with him were happy to be back with the rest of the herd.

LilyAnn

I got all of my old ladies back up north.  Thankfully, they were fairly cooperative (except Cupid).  Harley even walked and didn’t make me drag her!  They did also appreciate all the paths I shoveled through the snow drifts.  At least it’s back down to bare ground when it freezes (tonight).

Harley, Cupid, and Lily

With moving the old ladies, that means Tony is back to being by himself in the garage.

Tony

Well, he still had the hen’s company for a day, but she was doing much better.  She was walking well, and I gave her a toenail trim, so she got to go back to the rest of the flock.

Ms. Phoenix

The last goats I have to split up are Hera and the two little boys.  I kind of hurt both of my knees (in a completely graceless move while taking Zeus back to the buck pen), so they get to stay together for a couple more days.

Anubis, Hera, and Pluto

When I do split them up, I think I’ll put the little bucks with Tony for company.