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It’s finally Friday…

September 5, 2008

Of course when you work with animals it really doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, they still have to be taken care of.  But it is a good time to reflect on the progress that was made this week.

On Sunday I moved the does that were in with our herd buck Sunshine back onto the does side of the pasture and moved Stormy (the wether) over with Sunshine.   Lots of screaming the first 24 hours!  Sunshine has only been with the Mame and Molly since he got here so he was missing his familiar companions, and of course neither Stormy or Allie were happy about him be separated from momma.   Stormy is still calling for momma a lot, and she hangs out along the fence line to keep him company.   Wednesday afternoon all the does and chickens were sleeping next to the fence and the boys were sleeping on the other side.  One big snoozy family with only a bit of wire keeping them apart.  🙂

I’ve started milking Allie twice a day now and she still isn’t giving very much – about 2 cups total, but at least the taste has improved dramatically!   Bekah is able to have a glass or two of “yummy, creamy goats milk!!!”  every day now so she is thrilled.   And she likes being able to help me get Allie prepped for milking.

On the cow front I finally got a glimpse of Matilida’s udder.  Lots of long guard hairs are covering up some pretty tiny teats, and there is some white on her udder.  According to an “old wives tales” Dexters with white on their udders are supposed to be good milkers so I hope that there is some truth to it.   Only time will tell how she will actually develop.

We have been blessed to have a plentiful supply of apples from the neighbors so all the critters have been getting daily apple treats.   I quarter them for the cows and they make wonderful training treats.  The past two mornings I’ve been able to grab Maggie by her halter and make her stand for touching, so I at least have confidence that I’ll be able to catch and tie her if needed.    They are also getting along better with Koozy (donkey) – this morning Bekah gave him his apples first and he was sharing them with the cows.   In fact he and Maggie were eating off one of the same big apples.  Never thought I’d see that happen as she is usually the most skittish of him and moves off anytime he even looks in her direction.

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