Twas the Night Before the Storm!

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We are expecting a major snow even over the next 2 days with 6-10″ of snow in the forecast. We were very fortunate that our hay guy was available today to deliver 100 bales so we could top things off in the barns.

The loft in the buck barn is now full! I think this loft holds around 18 bales.

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Dominic is very happy. When I went out to feed the boys this morning Dominic peeked out from inside the igloo, I’m happy that he has discovered how much warmer it is in there.

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The chickens were happy to see the hay guy because that means they get the extra sweepings tossed into their coop area.

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Killarney has all kinds of scars and swelling above his eyes from the ramming sessions that the boys were having last month. He has also been ramming the fence a lot lately to try and scare Bablo and Dominic away from his girls.

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The girls sheep barn is full to the rafters, I think over 100 bales are up in the loft safe and dry.

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Gardenia, Kia, and Ava are a bit more docile with Killarney running the flock, we will all be happy when the breeding groups are broken up.

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I think Gidget was bred last month on Romeo’s first attempt.

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Addison went into heat yesterday and has been shaking her tail at Romeo for the last two days. Pebbles (black and white) may have been bred a few days ago. She has such a soft voice compared to all the girls.

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Pebbles is my Mini-Alpine and I am really excited to see how much milk she produces next year.

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Romeo is very gentile and pays the girls a lot of attention. Here he is giving Addison kisses.

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I have no idea if Lara has been bred or not but she can’t wait to get back to the rest of the girls so she can be the head of the flock again.

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Hoss is also quite the gentleman as well. He doesn’t get pushy like Killarney or the other boys who were sent to freezer camp, he is still just a fluffy loveable lug.

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The girl’s goat barn is jammed to the rafters as well. I think there is just under 50 bales in the loft here. It should take quite a while for the 7 goats inside to eat it all.

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More kisses for Addison. I might have some problems this year if Gidget gives birth first as the “Queen” likes to make sure everyone knows she is boss.

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The loft in the ram barn is also full, this one holds about 35 bales. Once the breeding groups are broken up only Hoss and Killarney will be hanging out here so it should last quite a while.

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The extra bales that wouldn’t fit into any of the lofts are behind the barrier in the ram barn, a little extra never hurts.

Once the snow hits any hay replenishment has to be done via a wheel barrow traversing ice trails. This is not fun. I think the hay on hand should last us until well into March? I sure hope so.

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Azalea hopes the hay lasts all winter too. She is in with Hoss because Killarney is her father. As the lone Cascade in with two Icelandics she has to struggle a bit with their bossiness, but Hoss has overall been very nice to her.

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Crazy Day!

Today started out normally with the Commander and I having breakfast down by the wood stove.  It quickly went downhill from there.

The Commander went upstairs and noticed that our builder was working out in the goat barn.  He was adding additional support to the loft, very nice of him.  With him out there working in the cold guilt quickly set in so both the Commander and I went outside to do a few chores and to chat.  I had no idea how cold it was out there.

The next thing I knew an audio alarm started to go off – a fire alarm from the house?  I rushed in and realized that the sound was coming from the OUTSIDE.  What the heck?  I walked around the side of the house and saw the alarm light on the septic mound and found the source of the alarm.  I went inside and called our neighbor (who runs a septic company) and through some miracle he was home and said he would be right over.  On Sunday morning!  He arrived and stated that we were lucky to get him as he is flying to Florida first thing Monday morning.  After a bit of trouble shooting he found that the pump was bad.  As luck would have it he had one at home!  Thirty minutes later he returned and everything up and running – whew.

So the goat loft was now reinforced, the septic pump was replaced, what next?  My hay guy called and wanted to deliver 100 bales.  My hay guy is the greatest.  He not only delivered but he was able to drive the hay wagon first to the goat barn then over to the sheep barn.  This allowed us to cut down on wheel barrow time and load the goat, buck and sheep barns directly from the truck!  The Commander only had to haul 26 bales to the Ram barn – much easier.  I spend most of my day stacking hay in four different lofts, I’m exhausted.

Just as we were finishing up the Commander noticed Dominick walking around inside his barn with the oatmeal tube stuck on his head.  He somehow worked the cap off the tube and jammed his head inside to eat the grain stored there, ugh.  That meant he needed to get some probiotics to prevent bloat.

As I was finishing up that chore the Commander called me over to the Rams.  Both Killarney and Hoss had large bloody gashes over their eyes.  After a bit more doctoring I was done for the day, I’m dead tired.

The Commander put everyone away tonight and he said everyone had noticeable hay bellies, that happens here on hay delivery days.  I’m sure the barns will all be full a poo tomorrow morning.

HayMageddon

I have been reading about the drought throughout the country and the possible hay shortage, fortunately here the hay is growing fine.  I was able to have 100 bales delivered last week and my hay guy asked me if I had room for 100 more.  Seems he has a field cut to dry and he wanted to move directly to my house if i had room.

We were able to get 40 bales into the ram shed and the rest was split between the goats and the ewes.

I figure I have room for another 20 bales in with the goats so if I can’t fit the rest above the ewes I will find somewhere to stash it.  It will be nice to have 200 bales onhand, it is easier to move it now than when the snow has fallen.

Goats milk, its whats for dinner! We have cranberries year round instead of only at Thanksgiving and Christmas, do you?

Moving Hay

We had 100 bales of hay delivered Thursday so today was the day to move them.

The Commander put 34 bales onto the ram shed and 16 into the loft over the goats, that left 50 to go in with the lambs and their moms. Since the lambs have been born the girls have been eating like crazy. The grass is still a bit dormant because the temperatures have been so cold and variable so the girls are going to have to be on hay for a bit longer.

Putting 50 bales into the loft over the sheep barn doesn’t come close to filling it. We have never filled it up but it could probably hold 125-150 bales.

Still plenty of room left up here.

Bristol and Bently sure are cute.

Berkley and Brighton resting after racing around the barn.

Hauling Hay!

Someone around here has been overfeeding the animals (the Commander)so the hay that was supposed to last until Spring didn’t. Fortunately our hay supplier is local, has plenty of bales stored, and most happily he delivers!

Unfortunately the 75 bales of hay in the garage have to now be hauled through the newly fallen 20+ inches of snow to the goat barn…..

…and to the sheep barn, and to the ran barn (not pictured). There is no way the wheel barrow is going to make it through the snow and I last saw the sled BEFORE the most recent blizzard so it looks like the Commander has a lot of hauling in his future.