Ahhh, this last week has been insane. Next week is finals (SO EXCITED - I'll be home by about 3 EVERYDAY and I'm done with my last final on Wednesday, then I have an entire month off to actually work with the "kiddos" and sew and bake and oh my word. So excited!) so this week was full of final projects and studying. Bleck!
On the animal front, things are going reasonably well!
I had been struggling to get Miss L to eat all her "grain" (hay pellets+supplements) but I think I got that fixed, for now. She does this thing where there's a certain ratio of water:pellet:supplment that she will eat, but it's very precise. Too much water - she won't eat it. Too many pellets - same deal, etc. Basically she'll eat about half, then leave a bunch of glop in the bottom of her bucket. And since her supplements are what keep her eyes under control...
Anyhoo, I figured out that the current magic combination seeems to be putting her feed bucket in the corner feeder in her stall (I think maybe she loses it when it's on the ground? Too much work having to narrow down where it is after putting her head up...?...maybe she gives up??) and doing a 1:1 alfalfa to rice bran pellet ratio. So far she's been cleaning her bucket out completely AND I'm only having to feed her about 1/4th of a pound of each per feeding (2/day) instead of the full pound of pellets I was feeding twice a day!
And, luckily, she is always less of an easy keeper in the winter so I'm not too worried about feeding her rice bran right now. We'll have to figure something else out for the spring/summer but for now = yay!
She's also becoming so humorous. She keeps coming up with the silliest things to do to me. For instance, the other day I left the tack room door open while I was cleaning her stall, left to the stall for a second to dump my bucket, I come back to find Lacey IN the tack room, eating hay like she does that everyday. It was hilarious.
She also has nearly figured out how to get the tack room door open with her mouth (when it's already unlatched) so that's basically her favorite to do while I'm getting her grain prepared. hahaha
I took a video of it today but there was a poop pile (hadn't cleaned her stall yet!) in front of the door so it couldn't open very much. :( Next time!
But here's that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdGQeZ0gv3I
On the goat front, Atticus is still being a pain in the neck and Hazel is still being super cute. haha Actually thought, Atti is getting a bit better so I have hope. He's, I think, almost 8 months (March baby!) so he's still right in that teenager phase.
And really, for what it's worth, my cat was more annoying in this phase than Atticus has been...just Atticus is a whole lot bigger! haha
Hazel is still skinny but, upon the advice of Lockwood, I've started feeding her rice bran pellets (actually why I bought them in the first place) and she LOVES them. She's been eating them for a few days with no real change yet but I'm sure by next weekend she'll be, hopefully, looking chunkier.
I also got her a new blanket! I decided to take the plunge and get her a Tough-1 dog blanket that was actually her size so I could do some layering once it got colder. I had wanted to make her a blanket myself but I was struggling with how to make it long enough, waterproof enough, etc so this way is probably good. Now I don't have to worry about either of those things, just fitting her and being warm. It has 100g of fill which will be nice when it gets really cold since her other blanket has 200g - layering, we could go up to 300g! It's also much longer on her than the other one...almost a little tooo long but as long as she likes it!
I also found this hoof stuff (recommended by Lockwood, of course) for Miss H's hoof issues so hopefully that will clear them up finally. That poor old lady goat, she has had such a hard time of it. I just don't understand how she's still so darn NICE! If I were her age and in constant pain...oh boy...I don't think I would be very nice.
And also, I got lotsa pictures!
"Hot Lava monster!!"
(who knew that a plank of plywood and a pallet would make the funnest toy ever? Also = the solution of Lake Chumbawamba!)
Hazel and her terrifying yawns. I can't even get over them. How can she be so cute...and so scary??
Go Lacey, go!
Helping me clean Lacey's stall...always.
Thistle flowers in December? Apparently so.
I LOVE her curls. Oh my word.
The llamas have no time for this.
Lookit that bootie!
Abercrombie and Goat model, right here.
A cool leaf!
I hope everyone is doing superduper!! :)