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It’s the Hard-Knock Life

5 Apr

I usually try to show you how great my life on the farm is, and it is wonderful, but farm life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes, it really stinks (and not just the manure).  Penny can’t raise both of her kids.  She’s only got enough milk for one.

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Brindle is doing amazing!

Brindle

Brindle

Bode is starving to death.  That seems harsh when I have a freezer full of milk and bottles.  I’ve heard many times, “They’ll take the bottle if they get hungry enough.”  That’s not true.  The only way Bode “takes” a bottle is if I squirt the milk down his throat.  It takes me about 30 minutes to get 1/2 cup in him.  At that rate, he starves to death a little more slowly.  I called my vet this morning and tried to convince him that he should take Bode and keep him until he’s weaned.  He didn’t like that idea.

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He did, however, say my mom could bring Bode and a quart of milk to the vet office, and he’d take care of him today.  On my way home, when I pick him up, he’d teach  me how to tube him.  Yep.  From now until he’s weaned (unless I end up killing him by getting the tube in his lungs), he’ll eat with me putting a tube into his stomach and pouring the milk in.

Bode

Bode

So far the plan has gone without a hitch.  We’ll see how it goes when I actually try tubing him before bed toinght.

This post is brought to you by Song-ography where the song this week is “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” from the musical Annie.  I refuse to let anyone complain of an empty stomach when I have a freezer full of milk.

I would love for you to come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt this week.  The items are at the top of my side bar.