Ole Lake Farm is a special place in north central Minnesota. It has been the privilege of three generations of the Flowers family to live, work, hunt, and play on this land since 1966. We grow a small amount of produce like pumpkins and some grain each year, like corn and wheat, as well as raise chickens, goats,and pigs. We also manage our forest to produce lumber for construction projects and heat for our home.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Rescuing the avalanche victims and… “has anyone seen my horn?”
No kids yet.
When I got up this morning I had the usual Saturday “to do”
and “wanna do” lists in my head.Nowhere
on those lists was #8.Dig out the goat
But that’s what I did.Waded through snow, clamored over the fence, and dug, chopped, and shoveled
snow and ice until my arms feel like noodles.
A while back, a large amount of snow slid off the north side
of the pole barn, completely burying the little goat door to the outside
world.Since they hadn’t shown the
slightest inclination to go outside in quite some time, we just closed the
inside door and didn’t fret about it.
It’s been a harsh winter all around, but now, finally we
seem to be getting a break.Today the
sun is out, the wind is low, and at 2:30 PM it’s 28 wonderful degrees.Tomorrow is supposed to be even better, and
if I was a goat, I’d want to go out.
The digging was tough, and what I ended up with is a narrow
corridor through the snow bank, and a short tunnel to the little goat
door.When I went in and opened up the
door, I was quite surprised when Ole went right out, followed by Pete.I had fully expected the ingrates to ignore
my efforts.Ranger and Daisy opted to
stay in, at least for the time being.
The "before" picture
The "after" picture
Speaking of Daisy, she broke off one of her
horns today.I must say, she looks kind
of embarrassed to be seen with just one…so the elastrator band method of dehorning works!Hopefully the other one will come off soon.