One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, March 28, 2014

Goat Round Up

I didn't have to worry about where I'd get my 10,000 steps yesterday (I have a fitbit).

I gained just shy of 8,000 steps by noon.

I was very prosperous in getting work done, so I could write, and I was at the kitchen computer.  I can see all 3 barns, but not Big Boy's shed.  I was the only one home, and it was very quiet.
Anyway, I kept hearing a bang-ity-bang sound.  Very similar to those that Big Boy makes when he gets loose. 

I looked out, but saw nothing.  I heard it again, and again, saw nothing.  I finished my writing, piled up my tools, and started walking down the hall to put it away, when I saw white out of the corner of my eye. 

Urgh!  Misty, who is due in about 13 days, was not only out of the barn, she was out of the goat fence.  She was all the way up to the big barn and near the driveway.

I threw on a coat, pulled on boots and ran out there.  Why run?  Well, I didn't want a goat to get on the country highway, that was just across the driveway.

When I got there, she was not the only goat loose.  It was Misty, Rue and Prim (the trouble maker).  And as for Prim, we don't want her bred yet. 

When I got out there, I had to bring in water buckets to fill, and walk back out.  Then the dogs had to go out.  I'd say I got my day's worth of exercise in.

On the to-do list:

-buy Rue a collar.  His was broken from Misty's horns and it's no fun trying to corral a goat without a collar.

-fix the goat fence gate latch.  It's broken.

-do something about the animal door latch on the barn.


Willow said...

Farm life keeps us a stepping , don't it :))

Sandra Morris said...

Those days are not my favorite. Nothing like looking outside and seeing animals roaming around where they don't belong!

Michelle said...

Those are the days you feel like you never get anything done,because your always getting side tracked by something.

Mama Pea said...

Your goats must be suffering from spring fever lately! (New and different territory to explore, you know!) Ones the little buggers learn they CAN get through or out of a gate, it's a real challenge to keep them in. Life on a homestead is never dull. (Let alone being able to get done what you plan on getting done!)

RB said...

We had horses long ago that were quite Houdini's at getting out of their fence. They'd play with the latch until they got it flipped up, then out they'd come, with the neighbors calling the cops to come round them up until we could drive there (we lived about 5 miles away and rented the pasture) to get them.

The cops did not like that, not one bit. LOL

Finally, we put a length of heavy tow chain through a part of the fence and then through a link in the gate, put a padlock through the chain securing it, and that stopped that.

Might want to try it.

God bless.