I've hit upon a grand plan to keep Aileas from nursing through the fence.
I put Mad Cow down in the back pasture and only bring her up to the barn at milking time. Aileas stays up here and gets locked into the barn pen while I am milking MC. MC does NOT hang out by the fence anymore, which leaves Aileas a little on the lonely side. :o( But, OTOH, Aileas gets LOTS more attention from us, so she is getting even tamer. Mad Cow goes off and eats grass and visits with the cow that is WAY back there in the neighbor's pasture.
There is lots more grass back there, so rather than feeding MC extra, I am feeding Aileas extra. And that is a LOT less hay and pellets. This "grand plan" is working so far - I am back to getting a gallon of milk a day from Lily (MC), and a half gallon from Dana. (Dana's kid spends the night away from her.)
The only draw back to this plan, is the part where I have to actually convince MC to go nicely through the gate without head butting me 20 feet into the air. And, not only that, but I have to get her going through the gate quickly enough so that no goats get in, and no goats get out. Our buck Danny is on one side of that gate with all the pregnant does and wethers, while the 4 doe kids are on the other side. There is often a mad scramble to see who can squeeze through with Lily, but they don't usually succeed because they are a little scared of her.
There you go. More than you ever wanted to know about my adventures at the back gate.
GB is home from her surgery and on the road to recovery! Praise the Lord! And Mooky is having a tiny bit better day today than yesterday. His history cd's that were supposed to be here for his birthday arrived today, so he is laying in bed filling his head with all sorts of dates and events that he finds very fascinating. If it wasn't for the Story of the World CDs and a few others, there wouldn't be any school going on around here on his worst days. It's amazing how much he learns and remembers from the CDs. And it's amazing how he can listen to them 100 times over without ever getting tired of them. Whew.
We picked up 30 bales of hay last weekend. Mooky had just cut his hand so he couldn't help load, not that he felt up to it anyway!
The guinea with the broken leg is still in a pen by herself. Her 4 guinea pals come for visits 3 or 4 times a day.
The Dumpster Chicks are getting big. I cant wait until we can butcher them. They are so messy.
Gotta go make soap, then package some other soap.