Special Needs

26 May

I tell ya, all these critters with their special needs are killing me. I still have Harley shut in.  I do think she’s getting stronger.  This leaves me a little more optimistic for her prognosis once we get babies safely here.  Yes.  She’s half naked from the copper deficiency damaging her fur and then pouring for lice making it worse.  Poor girl.


I just wish she would quit standing up on the fence.  It really makes me nervous. I mean really, really nervous.

When I was carrying Harley’s hay to her, Aurora saw it, and she seemed to think she’d like to just stand around and eat.  That would be good to help her gain weight, so I let her in to eat with Harley.

I just couldn’t leave her in there because it’s too small, and I also have goat minerals in there for Harley.  I even checked with the Iowa State vet that saw her before.  Nope.  Aurora can’t have that.  It has too much copper, and it could become toxic to any of the llamas.  That means I have tried to get a place where the goats can go in and eat the minerals and the llamas can’t.


I didn’t have the opening quite small enough, so I had to wrestle Buster to get him out.  I swear the farm is currently a combination of musical chairs food pans and keep away.

I did have Aurora want hay another day or so later, and she went up north and came back out when she was done eating.  I am going to try to get some llama feed to try and let her eat when she’s up there.  That should help her gain weight too.

I have to have the minerals because the remaining March/April kids are still at risk of suffering the neurological damage from being born with low copper levels.  I’m trying to encourage them to eat.  I swear I can’t figure out all these special things.


Then I still have Snickers on his special diet.  I either feed him canned food or egg every day.

It’s been getting harder for Leo to get up on the table to eat his food, so I’ve also set out another bowl where the dog won’t get it, but it’s easier for Leo to get to.


I also had my little phoenix hen injure her leg, so I have her shut in a pen to heal.  She really is improving.

I’m guessing the injury might have something to do with how big Nugget has grown.


Oh.  And I can’t forget to give Harley her meds on a peanut butter cracker.  They are keeping me on my toes!



9 Responses to “Special Needs”

  1. janicead May 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

    That is a lot to keep up along with just the every day sort of things.

    • Teresa May 26, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

      It’s been a little much. I’m ready for everything to settle down.

  2. Deborah in Omaha May 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    Keep telling yourself “That which does not kill us only makes us stronger” but I prefer it said “that which does not make us stronger will kill us.” Don’t let this get you down. I’m sure the heat is not helping either. Keep your sense of humor, too.

    • Teresa May 26, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Getting done with teaching for the year will help a lot. I will be much less stressed once Harley’s babies arrive.

  3. Jeanne May 26, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    It’s difficult to believe how you are managing all those problems, but you seem to be doing pretty well. Hang in there! I have confidence that you and your critters are going to make it!

    • Teresa May 27, 2018 at 7:29 am #

      A sense of humor, looking forward to the summer off work, and telling myself it will get better. 😉

  4. Margaret Birding For Pleasure May 27, 2018 at 2:05 am #

    A your critters certainly keep you on your toes. Have a great week ahead.

  5. Erika May 27, 2018 at 2:13 am #

    Gosh Teresa, you could go back to school and become a vet!

    • Teresa May 27, 2018 at 7:30 am #

      I’m too old. Also, it costs $153,000 to go through Iowa State’s vet med program (just had one of the vet techs at the clinic tell me that because I asked when she was going to go on with her schooling).

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