Monday, April 7, 2014

Expectant goats, bigger chicks, and a sleeping dog

Lucille, Helen's mom, and Helen are both due to have kids very soon. Lucille, the black goat, is actually due today, and Helen in about 2 weeks. Tara (from work) stopped by the house today to check on Lucille and took this pic of her and Jack. They didn't want to come out and greet her.

All 3 goats have been lying outside in the grass, enjoying the warmer weather and showing no signs of any impending activity.

The chicks appear to grow bigger every day. They are starting to lose their downy baby feathers, and their real feathers are poking out, making them all look a bit disheveled. They are also more active and much noisier. I think at least one has jumped up out of the bin and onto the edge of the bathtub to have a look around. Probably in the next week or so, I will have to move them into the big dog crate. There will be no escaping the dog crate, but I am not sure how that will fit in the bathroom where they are now. I need an enclosed space so that the heat lamp can keep them at a warm and toasty 80°, and so they are protected from interested dogs and cats.

Sophie is not very impressed by the chicks or any of the other activity at Lester's Flat. She will be 14 in the next few months (we think) and she spends most of the day sleeping, and most of the night waking us up with her pacing and wanting to go outside. This morning she woke me up at 4:30 am, and then again at 5:30 when she saw something outside from the upstairs window and decided to bark and wake up the WoodMan. The WoodMan is always willing to join a party at 4 or 5 am...whatever it takes...he's up for it!

And, just in case you are paying attention: Happy Birthday Kathy Yohe!

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