Archive | November, 2019

Trying to Trim Hooves

30 Nov

With all the mud in the barnyard, it makes hoof care really difficult.  They need attention because the hooves are soft and growing, and the white line disease is bad.  With the mud, it allows the mud to get packed up between the hoof wall and the frog.  That means painful feet.  Unfortuantely, it’s really hard to trim feet when they are wet and slick with mud.  It generally means someone gets hurt (usually me) when the hoof shears slip.

Cutie

Still, it has to be done, so I’ve been trying to get them taken care of.  Myson just had his feet trimmed.

Myson

I actually did quite a few last weekend when the weather was nice and it was just a little muddy, not like when I took the pictures yesterday.

Ava was easy to do since she’s one of my milking girls.  I just let her into the milk room.  Wanda was limping, so I made sure to get her done.  Her feet were actually pretty good.  She just had mud stuck up between the toes, so I got that cleaned out for her.

Wanda and Ava

Cinnamon and Litha were similar.

Cinnamon

Reva is another story. I tied her in the barn and it wasn’t even muddy.

Reva (and mom, Litha behind her)

I got her front foot done while wrestling with her because she was being a brat. Then I went to the back foot, and just as I snipped, she kicked.  This time, she’s the one who got hurt.  I think I’d rather it be me that gets cut.  Anyhow,  I bandaged her foot, but the mud and wet weather isn’t letting it heal.  If it still bleeds next time I take the bandage off, she’ll get a sock and plastic boot added to the dressing.

I told her to stand still, but she didn’t believe me.

Bad Weather

29 Nov

We’re having bad weather caused by the same system that’s been moving across the entire country–wind, cold, rain, and snow.  It’s not the kind of weather I wanted for my Thanksgiving break because it’s impossible to do much outside.  Luckily, the goats and llamas are still going out to pasture to eat, so I’m not feeding hay.  That’s good because I hate feeding hay in mud.

Aurora

When they’re not out eating, they are mostly standing around in the barn.

Margarita and Maggie

It’s too muddy for us to get the equipment in to clean out the back part of the barn and get it bedded down.  Heck, they’re still trying to finish getting the corn out of the fields.  The goats still stand around back there to stay out of the wind and rain.

Pluto

They also just stand around in food pans,

Antigone

which makes them a muddy mess when I want to try to feed the goats.

Hilda, Gidget (Blaze behind), Hera and a Wanda butt

Or they try to find little bumps of land that might be better drained and less muddy.

Pistol

It’s not fun to have such a muddy barnyard this time of year.

And we’re expecting more rain and snow right up until Monday when I go back to work.

Thanksgiving

28 Nov

To all who are celebrating today, “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Bubbles

Aphrodite and Cutie

Aurora

Tony

Venus

Joy

Bambi

Blessings to all of you from all of us at Eden Hills.