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Winter Blogging

16 Feb

Sometimes blogging about the farm in winter is hard.  We don’t do a lot.  The goats mostly spend their time in the barnyard eating.

Chiffon with Astra behind

They do like to bask in the sun.

Penelope in her food pan with maa, Annie, behind

Three generations: Haley, Zinnia, and Joy

Sometimes they just find a place to stay out of the wind.

Bubbles and Mary in the barn

Stormy

There’s the occasional fight through the fence, but overall it’s pretty boring.

Harley and Cupid

There’s not a lot going on for me to take pictures of, and I sometimes struggle to be able to do a blog post every day.  We hit the good weather jackpot this weekend though! I think I took enough pictures for the next two weeks (seriously).

Fionn and Xerxes enjoying the weather

Maisie and Uno got to come out of the buck room.  I left them in the buck room pasture though in case it gets cold again.

Maisie and Uno

I even took off Uno’s coat.

Uno

It was even nice enough that everyone went out to pasture!

Maybeline, Odie, and Aurora

Moira; Pluto and Venus; Penny

I even let a couple of the goats out of the greenhouse to join the rest of the herd.

Pistol and Antigone

Still, they are mostly just eating, but you’ll at least have different backgrounds with them eating.

Mary, LilyAnn, Coral, Sidney, Bubbles, Penny, and I can’t tell

Chiffon

Myson

Venus

Aurora and Maybeline

And you’re really in luck if you like pictures of the tops of their heads.

Bubbles

Hilda

Pistol

And if you like posts with lots of pictures, you’re also in luck.

Winter’s Back

13 Feb

After some mostly decent weather for a while which let me get everyone where I needed them for spring break kidding, Mother Nature decided to send another blast of winter our way.  (Sorry for the poor quality cell phone pictures, but I wasn’t taking my big girl camera out).

This is really hard on the animals.  They just don’t have time to adjust with those sudden changes.  That means I had to do more moving goats around!

Maisie’s ear and Uno  (Maisie was trying to eat the phone. Bored Maisie is dangerous.)

Uno is back in the buck room.  Since it’s just him and his mom, I could shut the outside door.  The little stinker is still shivering under the heat lamp, but he’s going to make it through the cold snap.

Uno and Maisie

Luckily, Maisie wasn’t too bad to lead through the garage.  I still have Wanda in there.  She’s pretty much unaffected by this cold snap.

Wanda

I’m still waiting on Blaze to have babies, and I’m kind of getting tired of the 2:00 am checks.  Maybe she’ll have them on Valentine’s day!

Blaze

I left my old ladies huddled in the greenhouse with the door mostly shut.

Harley

Maggie is the one I am most worried about.  She is still so thin and run down.

Maggie with Margarita sleeping under the heat lamp.

Since the Love Shack was empty, I threw Dolly in there with Pluto.

Dolly (sorry, no treats) and Pluto

I also put Astra in there because she is one who tends to just hunker down on a pile of hay outside because she’s so far down on the pecking order.  Don’t get me wrong, she will go in, but this way she won’t have to worry about sneaking in and staying in throughout the day.  I also put Moira and Venus in because they don’t have moms to snuggle beside.

Astra

Fionn and Xerxes will snuggle in together.

Xerxes (ready to run if I get too close) and Fionn

In the main barn everyone has extra hay to snuggle down in and nibble on while it’s this cold.

Bambi and Daisy

Sidney

For some reason, Chiffon and Marge left the greenhouse, but they seem to be doing fine.  I’ll keep checking on them.

Marge and Chiffon

So far, everyone is hanging in.

Wishing for Spring

12 Feb

February always seems like the longest month of the year.

Even though the days are getting longer, we’re still cold.

sunset is moving back north now

We are all tired of being cooped up in the barnyard.

Aurora and the goats

Penny

The llamas have been brave enough to venture out to pasture.

Maybeline and Aurora

So far, only a few goats have made it as far as the lane, but none had gone out to pasture for a month now.

Joy, Zinnia, and Odie

The goats just want to go into the milk room to eat.

Astra

They just lounge around waiting for me to feed them.

Cutie in a deep sleep

I see Moose storing up energy to “help” me with chores.

Moose

That’s a lot of energy to expend “helping” me, and it’s really not helpful when he opens gates and doors and chases me from food pan to food pan.  Well, Sunday morning, they finally all decided to go out to pasture!

That means, I could open the gate that I had spent the morning chipping away the frozen dirt to let it open and move the last of my goats around.  The two bucks are up north.

Fionn and Xerxes

I let Joani and Hilda in with the rest of the herd.

Hilda with Cutie and Aphrodite in the back

That means, I should be done moving goats around until it’s time for spring break babies.