It was a quiet Armistice/Veteran’s Day yesterday, but by noontime the wind had tuned itself up out of the NW and I thought we might be having a windy power outage at some point. The lights flickered many times, and a big piece exploded out of our elderly birch tree at the top of the driveway, but nothing serious came down near the house. Last night the King Moon shone brightly and, very uncharacteristically, I went to bed close to midnight so I had a few hours to enjoy it.
Animal-wise, things have been quiet on the farm. (With the exception of the day that we went out to do afternoon chores and found that Oreo the Buck had done a Houdini from the buck pen and was trying to bash his way into the breeding group’s area. He wasn’t hard to catch and he went back in with Jingle the Donkey, pouting all the way, with a bleeding headbone).
The tentative news is that all 4 does have been bred! At least I believe that all 4 girls came into heat, and each one was courted in her turn by Reddog the Stinky Boy. (The Guernsey girls do not show their heats as clearly as the Lamanchas, don’t know if it is a breed characteristic or not. I know they are 100 times more laid back than the Lamanchas, who are pretty laid back to begin with).
So now we just have to sit back and count the days until each doe should come back into heat if Reddog is not fertile. But if he has done his job, we will have a nice little cluster of kids at the end of March/beginning of April. (March 27th to April 3 or so). It would be perfect. Just hope that the predicted Polar Vortex isn’t howling then!