1. I miss Nancy and her blog and Random 5 Friday, so I guess I’ll just keep doing it.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I’m sharing with Weekend Reflections, SOOC Sunday, Saturday’s Critters and Camera Critters.