I have been working on making milking work a little more smoothly. Early in the week I made the decision to only milk Pippi, because SnowPea still has some pain in her right foot, and I could tell that being on the milk stand was not comfortable for her. She has an enormous bag and crazy amounts of milk (sniff, sniff), but it’s better for her to get a break. When her foot is feeling a little better we can try again.
So, the paddock arrangements had to change yet again! Farming requires quite a bit of flexibility, and sometimes it feels like nothing will ever be set up in a way that you can count on from year to year. So there was Pippi, all alone on her side of the fence once SnowPea went back to join with her kids, and all the other girls. Have to have a companion for a lone goat (although she can be nose-to-nose right through the fence with all the other girls when she wants to be). I decided to put her yearling doe in with her, Beezus the sweet chestnut brown girl. She is a skittish one, but I did get her over onto the other side of the fence. Pippi wasn’t all that happy. In fact, not pleased at all! They did a few fighting feints, and it appears as though I need to make sure that there are two distinct areas where hay is available, because Pippi will just fight her right off, with a scene worthy of a daytime soap opera star.
Pippi is not the herd queen, but whenever SnowPea isn’t around to interfere, she takes her almost-queendom very seriously. What a brat! She was pushing Zelda and Marigold around so hard a few weeks ago that she opened up a spot on her bony little head after headbutting Zelda extremely hard. (And the noises Pippi makes while meting out her brand of justice is almost too funny. Grr!)
You just never know with goats! And Pippi is definitely quite the drama queen. (She will be fine with Beezus after her two newest babies are out of the picture… How fickle!)