Muffin’s Kids and Jules

Finally, the waiting for Muffin is over.  Of course, she waited until evening to show true signs of labor and bed was out of the question.  Finally, at nearly one in the morning (Thursday) I realized her water had broken, but I wasn’t exactly sure how long before.  I checked, and she was open with a kid right there.  I watched and she pushed and strained, and nothing seemed to be happening.  I decided to pull it (I might have been a tad impatient considering the time).  I couldn’t get it.  The feet were there.  The nose was there, but that kid was not moving.  I tried several more times and then had my son come hold her.  I still couldn’t get it.  I gave up and called the vet.  Of course, that works like magic.  I tried again when I got off the phone, and sure enough, I managed to get the kid this time. (Sorry for waking you Dr. Rick.)  The first one was a buck.



The second was a doe.

doeling goat

I got my beautiful little wattled kids from Muffin, just like I wanted.  I think I’ll keep her buck, Billy, to replace Boeris.  Hopefully, he won’t produce the big heads his dad does.  I planned on keeping her girl, but she has an entropion eye.

newborn doe goat

This is the first one I’ve had this year (thank goodness).  It’s an easy fix with a clip, and I haven’t decided it will stop me from keeping her.  I just need to get a buck that doesn’t throw this defect.

Jules was sent to the vet on Tuesday and got fixed.  She came home on Wednesday.  By the time I got home from work and did chores, she was down to one stitch left in her incision.  Silly cat.  I couldn’t get the cone of shame to stay on her.  Finally I put a band-aid on and waited for morning.


Jules through the window that needs washed again.

She went back to the vet Thursday morning and had to stay overnight again to be sedated and re-stitched up.  Poor baby.  Hopefully, the cone she’s sporting this time will prevent any more shenanigans.

Geez.  My cat can’t even get fixed without it being dramatic.

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The items for this week’s scavenger hunt are:  details, precious, hungry, water, and wide angle.

Details:  I believe this is a meadowlark.  It’s not the best photo to see the details, but I think it’s good enough.  (I hope.)

eastern meadowlark

meadowlark collage

Precious:  After taking the picture of the chicks in the wine glass last week, I realized I don’t have an adorable teacup, but my mom and sister were kind enough to think of me when they found these at goodwill.

chick in a teacup

chick in a teacup

Hungry:  These little ones are really good at eating a lot of food.  I’m filling their feeders twice each day.  They’re good at wasting it too.  I should get a more efficient feeder for them.  It won’t be long until I have to separate them into a couple of pens to give them more room.  It won’t be long after that when I let them out.

chicks in banana boat

Water:  There’s water in the ditch!  There’s enough water for the sun to reflect off of it.

sun reflected in water

Wide Angle:  I know this isn’t truly a wide angle shot, but it does give you an idea of how big my back hill is.  Marley is on the left and Millie on the right.

hillside hayfield

I’m sharing with Scavenger Hunt SundayWeekend Reflections, Bird d’Pot, I Heart Macro, and Weekly Top Shot.

Still Doing Random Friday

1.  I miss Nancy and her blog and Random 5 Friday, so I guess I’ll just keep doing it.

Muffin and her daughter Jelly

SOOC Muffin and her daughter Jelly

2.  I really, really hope to make soap this weekend.  I have tubs of fats and oil measured out that I’ve been going to use since the first of the year–literally.  But then I had a chicken in the kitchen.  She was here until after the goat kids came in.  I did have about two glorious weeks without livestock in the house, and I’m hoping to be livestock free again this weekend.  Then I have to make soap because I had to use my display bar to fill an order I got today for one fragrance.

reflection of a goat


3.  I’ve had some people ask about how things were going with the sick kids.  If you haven’t been here lately, I had three kids sick with goat polio (a thiamine deficiency).  I lost two, and Pistol’s doe that nearly froze crashed with weakness also, so I began treating her, but I lost her.  That leaves Blaze’s doe, Gretel, who is doing much better.  I’m hoping to get her moved back out of the kitchen soon.

Monterey Jack

SOOC Monterey Jack

Sadly, I thought I was paranoid when I saw Bambi’s buckling look like he was wavering on one leg.  The next evening, he wouldn’t walk on it.  I began treating him.  The next day, I saw three kids that seemed a bit weak in the back legs.  I didn’t wait but started treating them right away.


SOOC Princess

They do seem to be doing better.  I still don’t know the cause, and my vet was stumped too. I just hope this is the end of it.



4.  Marley and three other goats have hoof rot.  That’s a side effect of having the steer in the barn with them all winter.  MJ is big enough (and poops enough) to keep the muck churned up and wet.  That’s not good for feet.  My son has been wonderful to help hold the two-hundred pound wether to give him antibiotics.  All four are improving, but it’s hard to completely clear up hoof rot in the spring.  I’ll keep using garlic rinses directly on their feet too.



5.  My magnolia tree is just to the point of bursting!  Today we have warm weather, so I expect by the time I get home, it will be quite lovely!

magnolia blossom

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