Day to day goings on here at the farm. Everything from weather to horses and donkeys to chickens to cats and dogs and everything in between. Some blogs will be informative. While others will be I hope, just entertaining and keep you coming back. And of course there will be pictures.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Coming home to............................
This morning I had to drive my daughter to college which is four towns away so it takes awhile to get there and back. Got home, came in the house, made the chickens their oatmeal, checked my eBay listings while the oatmeal cooled, then out the door to let the chickens out. As I walked to the chicken house I heard one of the goats hollering. I didn't think much of it at first because if one is left behind they holler for the others to wait up. As I opened the door to the chicken coop the hollering was loud and upset. So I stepped by the fence to see Patti Cake ( mini mule) pestering one of the goats. Hmmm, something was not right. The goat was not moving but screaming at this point. Then I realized the situation. She had somehow got her head stuck in the fence! Crap!!!! Ran to the barn, grabbed the cutters and out to the front pasture. The whole time I am yelling at Patti Cake to leave the goat alone. She could easily kick the goat in her head either killing or maiming her badly.
After checking for injuries ( which there are a few bloody spots on the goats neck), the cutting of the fence began. There are actually two fences. One is a regular livestock fence and the other is a chain link I attached to the livestock wire to prevent little heads from getting stuck! Well, the two fences has worked for almost seven years with no problems until now! This is the hole that I cut out. It took a little wrangling on my part to get Gabby to back up. She is the one goat I have never been able to touch in all the years I have had her! So here it is, she is being touched by a human, which makes her backing up all that much more difficult. But after a bit, one arm around her chest, the other pushing down on her head she finally backed up. She was shaken up pretty bad so will check on her quite a bit today. Thankfully she had only been stuck for less than two hours, if even that. I know she wasn't stuck at 7 a.m. this morning.
Just a few of the pieces that were cut.
Baling twine is a must have when you need a quick repair. Gotta love the stuff.
Sorry about the quality of the pic. Danni, this is for you. We do too have mud!! :)
This was taken yesterday just before evening feeding. I was a little late do to picking my daughter up from college so the horses and donkeys had to wait a bit to get fed. By the sounds of everyone screaming you would think they hadn't been fed in months! Ha Ha Pearl was letting me know her unhappiness!