Yesterday, was a day of chaos reminiscent of a black & white silent movie. Things were moving in fast forward, and none of the participants seemed to care. Not one paid attention to the part I played of the ever-present traffic cop, standing in the middle of the busy intersection, blowing my whistle for everyone to just STOP!! They didn’t; they kept on in their chaotic quest to…do whatever it was they had a mind to do.
Goats were running a-muck…outside of their two acres of enclosure.
They have been pushy lately….well one has been pushier than the others….this guy…..Lott…
….has been trying to breach the boundaries of the gate…not the fence line, the gate. He sees me leave…and I think his goat mind goes to…”well, I must leave also.” So he RUNS to the gate to get there before I can get through and close it so that he can put himself in the gap and just push forward like the stubborn goat he has become. Yesterday, he and Montana worked in unison, while gentle, little Clark …
…stood close. They saw their opportunity…pushed behind me, and they were out. I held the gate open so that Clark would not be left out of the grand adventure.
Trying to get them back into their enclosure was a comical scene…two goats would follow the goat treats,
while one preferred the leaves of the oak tree just outside of their enclosure….
…I’ve truly come to understand the saying, “Stubborn as a goat!!”
While the goats were in the chicken’s realm…
…..the chickens were in the goat enclosure.
Then, mama hen, Kermit, at some point in the afternoon, decided that it was time to do this…..
…..okay, that is fine except…. it was very close (well maybe not as close as I originally thought) to the point in the day when the hens and Benedict start to gather before they move into the chicken house for the night. My mind went to that automatic door, and what if those little chicks could not get back up onto the porch. What if one, the littlest one, was still outside when the door closed, and she ran under the house where I couldn’t catch her?
I decided to corral Kermit and the chicks back into their house. The porch is elevated…one chick could jump up onto it, the other two fell short. It took about twenty minutes of getting Kermit on the porch, followed by one chick, while the others called to Kermit, who then jumped off the porch followed by the one chick who was on the porch…gather up the babies and put them on the porch hoping for Kermit to follow, only to have the babies jump off the porch because Kermit wouldn’t cooperate…then placing a plank hoping for the chicks to walk up to the porch….NOT……trying to teach the chicks to walk up the plank…running around to catch the rogue chick that runs the other direction….corralling mama hen to get back on the porch….and FINALLY, timing it all where chicks and mama are in the same place at the same time…and then all walk through the chicken house door!!! OMGOSH!!
Finally, everyone was where they should be…..
It was time to feed Penni, so into the house we go…and see this….
…..one of our neighbor’s peacocks…..the other one is running around on the roof. And the chase begins…
…..but then, finally, there was calm….and a beautiful sunset.
Oh wait…I still had to close the goats in for the night………..
Thanks for visiting the farm today. As chaotic as it can be, there is peace.
I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Sunday on this Memorial Day weekend.
Your friend from Oregon,