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The waves at Pemaquid Point lighthouse park.
The waves at Pemaquid Point lighthouse park.

And how!  Even doing chores really early in the morning won’t get you out of it.  We have had a breakneck weekend, with a friend visiting from NJ who is looking at a house not far from us.  He is planning to retire up here in a few years, and a fantastic property came onto the market recently that is perfect for a single guy and his trusty black lab.  Plus all his hit-and-miss engines and car toys!

One of the outbuildings at the lighthouse (used for oil storage, and close to the rocks to pull up supplies in the old days)
One of the outbuildings at the lighthouse (used for oil storage, and close to the rocks to pull up supplies in the old days)

And so it goes.  The two youngest goat kids showed up with the scours a few days ago, but the heat and humidity don’t help that at all.  They are coming around with the Di-Methox treatment, but I feel so bad for them in the meantime.  They are as perky and interested in food as ever, so I think I caught it just at the right time.  It’s always something on a farm.

As far as “it’s always something” goes, during our stay in NJ, our friend who was caring for the goats and the pigeons kept calling to say that our bucks were out of their paddock every time he turned around.  When we returned, I beefed up all the fences in the boys’ paddock, and still Bagels the Buck was over and roaming about.  (He was also luring Henry the Buck along with him, and Henry twisted his leg pretty badly jumping out, so he is a three-legged goat for now, but doing very well).  I finally put Bagels into a pretty airtight pen, and there he stayed until I took him to the butcher last Tuesday.  I would have kept him around for awhile, but only as a companion for whatever buck we get for the next few years.  I couldn’t use him on all of his daughters, and having him breed the 3 moms would only result in more babies related to him.  So, getting meat into the freezer is not the worst thing in the world, but I admit that I was not thinking about this for the moment.  And I am keeping Henry around to be a short-term companion to the young buck that is still with his mom, Pippi, for weaning time.  I won’t allow a buck to be alone, even with Jingle the Donkey, because goats are social animals and need another of their kind to pal around with.  It’s the forever juggling act!

The view from lighthouse park where I released the pigeons for training the other morning
The view from lighthouse park where I released the pigeons for training the other morning

And tomorrow is Monday.  The humidity is supposed to stay with us for a few more days, but it sounds like the temperatures will stay in the upper 70s, and not hover near 90F.  Yay!  There are a few things on my list for tomorrow, so I will see if I can get them done without too much trouble.  I can’t stand the heat, so even though I am relieved not to have 5 feet of snow on the ground out there, the opposite is not very conducive to creativity or activity either!

 

Bucky Boys

So Henry the black and white buck, and Bagels the brown buck, put on a nice show for us yesterday. Quite the hungry crew! Jingle is just standing there, patiently waiting, which is a little out of the ordinary. I was hoping she would add to the hungry chorus with her brassy, impatient voice!

It’s a little damp and chilly out there today. But it’s a wonderful beginning of April break as my older son has traveled up from NJ to visit for awhile. What a treat! He has already been a huge help with some things that need doing around here. This morning he helped me get more Ivomec shots into the two bucks, who have a mite problem (although I am hoping that that is on the mend).

Even though rain is predicted for much of our week, it’s such a pleasure to be having some time off. As usual, I have a list of things I would love to get to, most of all: dressing my loom! It may happen, but then again I have so many things I want to get done in the house and up with the goats, who knows?

Warm and sunny Sunday

New paddock fence line
New paddock fence line

What a pleasant day! 50 F and sunny! I don’t know if we will be getting any more like this, so I had to make the most of it. We were stopped short from replacing the tarp on one of the livestock greenhouses, but we have a definite plan in place and I got a lot of other stuff accomplished. I had to move the outside cattle and green panels on the doe’s paddock so they would have access to the milking greenhouse for extra shelter. It took a lot of bending and hauling, and I am seriously exhausted and sore tonight!

SnowPea and Bagels the Buck taking a little break
SnowPea and Bagels the Buck taking a little break

A bright part of the day, beside how beautiful it was, is that SnowPea was in heat this morning. Since I do not have the breeding pen set up yet, I decided to help love along and I got Bagels on a leash and locked him up with SnowPea in our little catch-pen. They definitely had a good time, and when Bagels began showing more interest in the young one outside the pen who is also in heat, I thought it was enough. He is back in with the other boys, and all the girls are tucked up on their side.

So it was a good day’s work. And if SnowPea was truly bred today, we should be having baby goaties on Wednesday, April 22nd next year. Wow.

It’s been a day

Saturday morning chore time
Saturday morning chore time

Not exactly the day I had planned, but I kind of lost my momentum when we got word that a friend of ours passed away this morning. Not totally unexpected, but we always hoped he would have more time. He was a very close friend of John’s, and it just really stinks.

Beige Boy checking out the new piece on the gate while Zorro looks on
Beige Boy checking out the new piece on the gate while Zorro looks on

So, instead of doing the gift sewing that I had been looking forward to, I ended up doing a day of cooking and cleaning, which is my default deal when things aren’t going well. Yesterday I had finally gotten over the week that was, with budget cuts hitting our district library staff very hard, and was hoping that today would be a satisfying one. Ah well, life just happens most of the time. At least I have gotten more accomplished on my Hitchhiker scarf/shawl. It is still an addictive knit. And the winter Olympics are offering some measure of diversion.

Bagels the Buck checking out the fence
Bagels the Buck checking out the fence

On another note, the weather was beautiful today, if still quite cold, and it wasn’t bad spending time out there as I had to tweak a few things up in the paddocks. The goatie boys are becoming bold and practicing their moves at the gate. I was surprised that Beige Boy didn’t go right over! So I had to tie another small galvanized panel to the gate, and hopefully that will be enough to keep them in. It feels like a piece-meal affair at the best of times :*)

Houdini boy

SnowPea is happy to have Bagels back  in the paddock with them
SnowPea is happy to have Bagels back in the paddock with them

So much for switching out the bucks! By the end of the day last weekend I had found Bagels in a number of different places, most notably not in the paddock with the donkey, which is 2 paddocks away from where the does live. The last time I found him already cuddled up with the does, I just left him there. I admit that I don’t really know what to do! If he is shooting ‘blanks,’ I really need to get him away from the girls so Beige Boy can do the deed. How to do that, I don’t know as the girls regard Bagels to be the dominant buck, so they really don’t want to give Beige Boy the time of day. :*(

The crew watching me drive down the driveway this afternoon
The crew watching me drive down the driveway this afternoon

It’s also been a long week at work, and I have been fighting off a little cold and just been plain tuckered out. Slacker central as far as the blog goes. It’s a little disheartening to be doing chores in the dark in the morning and then doing chores at 4 PM in the afternoon and not having enough light to take photos that actually work! It also means that I really don’t see the girls well enough to hopefully head off a problem before it gets too bad to deal with. Sigh. We are counting down to the Solstice for sure :*)

Belated Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday's snow
Tuesday’s snow

I am hoping that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a quiet one. It was actually a quiet week all around, except maybe for the weather!

Chipmunk tracks (or perhaps squirrel)
Chipmunk tracks (or perhaps squirrel)

Tuesday morning we had a little bit of a slow commute. The snow flurries that we expected turned into more than predicted. Buses had trouble getting to school, and there were accidents all over the place. Of course it didn’t last long, the next day we had torrential rains and gale force winds again. Sigh.

Thanksgiving morning
Thanksgiving morning

On the goat front, two of the girls came back into heat, so I switched out the bucks. Beige Boy thinks he has died and gone to heaven, unfortunately Bagels is feeling a little blue :*(  We shall see how this works!

More crazy boychiks

Elf
Elf

In the past week since I wrote the post about which buckling is really ready to tackle the four does, I have seen a huge change in Bagels the Brown Buck.  It’s amazing, really!  Now he is spending all his time at the fence, peeing on his legs and crooning at the girls.  I did some fence-tightening on Sunday afternoon because he was so beside himself I wondered if he could squeeze through.  Monday morning I knew why!

We have come a long way since this photo!
We have come a long way since this photo!

Even in the dark as I walked up to the pens I could see that Bagels was glued to his side of the fence, and Elf, our oldest doe, glued on her side of the fence, flagging her tail like mad. They were so seriously in love that even the grain in the feeders did not call them away.  So while everyone else was busy breakfasting, I thought I would give love a little help. I put Bagels on a lead and we nipped through the gate and into that dark little corner of the girls’ pen, and Bagels learned about the birds and the bees.  The look on his little goatie face was priceless!  It was a classic moment, a goatie coming of age :*)

Amazingly, I got him back into his little corner of the world before any of the others noticed what was going on. Phew!  And if we caught Elf at the right time in her estrus cycle, her kids are due on Friday, April 4th.  Wow.

Those crazy boys

Bagels our Alpine/Lamancha buckling
Bagels our Alpine/Lamancha buckling

It’s that time of year.  The goatie boys are definitely getting ripe. Bagels the brown buck is not quite as ready for the ladies as Beige Boy, aka Mr. Nasty.  Yes, Mr. Nasty.  For a buck under a year old, he is amazingly pungent and is very adept at peeing on his legs and rubbing it all over his face.  I don’t even have to be halfway up the driveway and I can already get a whiff.  And now comes the dangerous part:  he is very friendly to me right now because he can smell the girls on my clothing.  Which means that he may be more willing to challenge me once he is in with the does.  But for now, he spends his days with his head through the fence calling to the girls, who tease him mercilessly.  I am afraid he is going to have to wait another week.  At least he has not been able to get over or through the fence like happened at Butting Heads Farm!

Mr. Nasty, mugging through the fence
Mr. Nasty, mugging through the fence

So this year I am not up nights worrying about whether or not the artificial insemination is going to work or not, like in the last two autumns.  We are going to have an old fashioned breeding, and cross our fingers and toes that all four does get bred.  One more week and we can let the little guy in with the girls.  I just hope they don’t beat him up!