Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mutiny in the Henspa, and the Goats have some Visitors

We had a couple of mutineers get loose today. 

Here's one of them, Splash.  She found nirvana in the spillover from the feeder. 

Suzie, the tiniest of the grown hens, also got out.  She discovered yesterday that she fits right through the gap between the gate and the fence pole in the henspa yard.  She has been going in and out at will. 

I don't know how long Lilly's reserve can last, so today, I blocked the entrance with a bucket.  The SECOND I showed up to move the bucket and go in, Suzie darted out this afternoon, followed by the white mutineer above as I opened the gate to carry a bucket out.   

They are both back in now. 

Do you see the straw in the middle of the picture above?  Those are the German Butterball potatoes I covered up Monday.  Can you see how far they grew in two days? 

I cut the center of the pasture tonight, to keep the weeds from coming up and blooming in the middle, where we need to re-seed this fall.  Troy is going to loan me his aerator at the right time, so I can aerate and then put down new seed.  As you see, parts of the pasture still have good grass. 

This is looking east, towards the Spehar's ponds.  
You can just barely see Mr. Spehar's beautiful vegetable garden, and his new greenhouse on the left. 

Kathy-next-door brought Catherine, Austin and Aaron over to play with the little goats. 
My gosh, the goats were happy! 

Austin and Aaron had a go at feeding them.  Kaycee is there... he likes to kneel down while he is eating. 

The babies LOVE Kathy, every time she comes over they want to be on her. 

As the sun began to set, we all walked over to see if we could convince Splash to go back in. 

We couldn't. 

Kathy loves flowers like I do, so we talked about splitting these iris in the fall, and I'll give her some of each clump.  I'm just so pleased with these, I bought them from a lady here in Leavenworth County a few years ago, she sells them from her yard, unnamed. 

Last night, two people suggested that we have our vet disbud while the babies are being neutered next week. I'm going to talk to her admin tomorrow and find out if that can be done.  
I know someone else also made a comment that they can't believe we're having a vet do the job... I think elastrators are inhumane, that's my reason and I'm sticking to it. 

These little guys have really stolen our hearts! 


  1. We disbud our kids now and it makes a huge difference. It is not something you will notice safety wise until they are about 3 or 4 years old, but our goat Honey has horns so long she only has to turn her head suddenly and could easily injure someone...and this is a gentle goat. HOney is also always getting her horns stuck in things. We wouldn't change Honey because it is great having one animal that can defend the others in a dog attack , but we always disbud the babies now.

  2. Pictures are absolutely adorable. I one of those people who likes horns on a goat. I also like goats without horns, it really doesn't matter to me. I've never had one of my goats injure me and I'm always in super close contact with them, but I'm also always very aware and super cautious. However I completely understand peoples reasons for liking their goats without horns. So I think it's a personal choice for sure. Your boys are adorable.

  3. Love the iris and the goats. :-)

  4. Those little hens are like most everyone in thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. HaHa. Don't the know they have it good right where they are! Your goats are sure bringing loads of happiness to lots of people. Your Iris are definitely beautiful. It rained here overnight and it's to cool down now in the 50's and low 60's for the weekend. For a few days it was like summer here.

  5. Glad your enjoying your little goats.

    I hope everything goes well at the vets. Once nice thing about raising livestock we all get to take care of them how we think best. :)

  6. That landscape picture is very lovely. I want to play with the goats!

    Oh, and that Iris is breathtaking!

  7. First of all Mary Ann I also would do a mutiny and get the heck out of dodge with that hen house, cos of that big ole SNAKE that lives in there!
    Second, wow what beautiful iris's....we can smell them clear over here.
    Third, we don't know nothing about taking care of little baby goats, but you do, so you just follow your heart and do what you think is best for them!
    stella rose

  8. They are so darn cute!

    Love those irises.

  9. Your property is beautiful. I adore the goats! They are so sweet. I don't blame you at all for taking them to the vet - I would do the same. :)

  10. I had a chicken that escaped like that. Every morning, without fail, she would be out in the yard/garden. She would just sit there waiting for me to put her back inside the pen. What is it with the grass begin greener on the other side of the fence?! :)

  11. I can see why they've stolen your heart, Mary Ann~ they are SO ADORABLE!!!
    And those sneaky little escapees are just keeping you on your toes.
    Did you ever see the movie "Chicken Run"? (It's my favorite movie ever...) The chickens are planning an escape and the farmer tells his wife, "I think these chickens are organized... " *bwahahaha*

  12. Those chickens, I swear! They have the MOST beautiful Henspa and they want to escape! Your irises are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen! :)


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