Too Much Rain

28 Jul

I hate complaining about the weather, but on the farm, the weather is something that can make or break your livelihood. It’s a life and death kind of thing.  We had another day that was supposed to yield possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, and instead, the rain began about nine this morning and has hardly let up.

Rain 1ew

Notice there is still cut hay lying there that was going to be chopped last Friday.

Since Friday morning we’ve had 3 or 4 inches, and we didn’t need any to start with.  It’s stopped all progress on my garage, which means my poor boys are stuck in the inferior shelter I built for them.  Fionn seems to have picked up coccidia causing him to have diarrhea. That’s another problem with too much rain.  It causes the parasite eggs to float, and the animals are more likely to eat them and become ill. It’s not easy treating a big buck.

Fionn and Boeris

Fionn and Boeris enjoying shade before it turned into mud

I haven’t been able to make hay, so instead of two weeks, I still have my June moms in the north paddock after six weeks.  I’m still feeding them hay from last year to try and keep them from over-browsing their little pasture.  Despite the hay, Blaze isn’t keeping up with feeding her boys, Ruff and Reddy, and they have picked up worms, like Fionn.  I am treating them and giving them supplemental bottles.  Hopefully, they’ll recover.

Joani, Watson, Ruff, Vern, Reddy

Joani, Watson, Ruff, Yolanda (in back) Vern, Reddy, and Ruby

Goats hate rain, so instead of eating in pasture, the rest of the herd is hanging out in the barn all day .  That’s another area where the bacteria and parasite eggs are in higher concentration.  I have a couple of  moms that really need to get out to pasture to eat because they are getting run down.

Victoria and kids, Stormy and kids, Annie

Victoria and kids, Stormy and kids, Annie

I already told you Kizzy was thin.  Because she can’t go out to pasture and eat, she’s getting thin again.  Her kids were also looking thin because they are spending more time trying to nurse her and getting nothing than they are eating.  As a result, they picked up worms.  I started worming them, but it takes time, and they are weak by the time they show signs of needing wormed.

Kizzy, Kimmy and Kenny about three weeks ago

Kizzy, Kimmy and Kenny about three weeks ago

If your remember, had to move my yard goats into the yard because the shelter up north wasn’t big enough to accommodate everyone with all the heat and rain (and cranky dispositions).  All of this means, I had no place to put Kizzy or her kids to help them recover weight and strength.

Sam and Millie

Sam and Millie

When I checked everyone in the barn yesterday afternoon while it was raining, Kimmy (Kizzy’s doe) was looking better.  The worm medicine was probably helping her.  I was glad to see her looking better because I really couldn’t come up with any other place to put her.  Sadly, when the goats came up from pasture when they finally got to go out late in the evening, she wasn’t with them.  I looked and looked until it was too dark to see, but I couldn’t find her.

Kenny today

Kenny today

With the lightning this morning, I still haven’t been able to go back to look for her, but I’m sure she’s gone.  It’s possible she just got worn out from walking in the thick wet grass and couldn’t make it back, or it’s also likely that she was behind the group and got picked off by a coyote.  I did find a deer in the pasture that the coyotes had been eating, so I know they are out there even though Llenny keeps them away from my barnyard.

Llenny (with Minnie in the background)

Llenny (with Minnie in the background)

So when I complain about too much rain, it’s because all of this sickness and over-crowding and lack of hay and loss of life comes from too much rain.


20 Responses to “Too Much Rain”

  1. Mary Ann Yoder July 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    Oh, Teresa, I didn’t know… I am so very sorry. Worry after worry… I’m really feeling badly for you.

    • Teresa July 28, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you. The extra rain is almost worse than dry conditions. Wish it would just give us a break for a while.

  2. Jan July 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    I don’t like our weather. I can see why you don’t. Sorry for health issues for the goats; and the hay not getting baled or your garage. Have faith;it’ll all come together hopefully & hoping your lil’ goat comes back.

    • Teresa July 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

      I have no hope of Kimmy making it home with the huge coyote population. I just we get a change in the weather and things can get done.

  3. Alica July 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    I’m sorry Teresa, I know how weather has such an impact…everything depends on it! So sad for Kimmy too.:(

    • Teresa July 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks. It seems to impact goats way more than a lot of other livestock. The cows didn’t care if they got wet, and the parasites aren’t so vicious with them.

  4. Freda Labianca July 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Sorry to hear about all the rain. Hope it lets up soon!

    • Teresa July 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      It looks like we’re going to have a few dry days, but not enough. We need a couple of weeks to dry out. Still, a few dry days will be better than the last few rainy ones.

  5. arlene July 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Sorry to hear about the weather. I think weather change is everywhere, even here in our country, the weather is so erratic. right now it feels as if it is summer again.

    • Teresa July 29, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      It really is all over. I think half the country is in drought and the other half is drowning.

  6. Margaret July 29, 2015 at 2:16 am #

    I am so sorry to hear of all your troubles. I do hope the sun shines for you very soon.

    • Teresa July 29, 2015 at 8:33 am #

      We’re supposed to have beautiful, sunny and dry weather for a few days, but it’s not long enough to dry things out and get my hay made. Hopefully, the rain they are calling for this weekend doesn’t happen.

  7. pattisj July 29, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Goodness, there are so many things that can go wrong. Praying things start to get right for you.

    • Teresa July 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

      The weather has made it a challenge this year. I’m ready for a long dry stretch.

  8. Jeanne July 29, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

    Teresa, I’m so sorry about Kimmy. And the rain too. I pray that your weather will improve, so the health of the goats can, too!

    • Teresa July 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Thanks. I do think the goats are all looking good now. I’m just keeping a close eye on them.

  9. EG CameraGirl July 30, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    I hope the sun is shining for you today!

    • Teresa July 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      We do have beautiful sunshine today. We need a nice long dry stretch.

  10. Ruby Manchanda July 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Its been raining here too. But you must be having your hands full, more so with all these lovely goats

    • Teresa July 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

      It has certainly made it challenging this summer.

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