Good-bye Gidget

17 Nov

Late summer seems to be the worst for the goats and copper.  It is progressive and I have a lot of girls who have to be depleted, but I just don’t know how much.  After I weaned Gidget’s kids this year, she did well, but starting in August, she has just seemed to lose ground.  I shut her in for intensive feeding, and she seemed a bit better, so I let her rejoin the herd.  Within just a few days, I started to see a loss in weight.  By the time I shut her back in the Love Shack, she had bottle jaw again.  It was time to say good-bye because no goat wants to just be shut in alone.

Gidget van de Yell (24 Mar 2014 – 16 Nov 2021)

I will dearly miss this girl.  She was beautiful from the start.


She was one of my beautiful spotted girls who came from Kizzy’s line.

Gidget, Blaze and Kizzy

She got her looks and her udder from her maa, Blaze.  They both had crazy udders with way too many teats.

Top Blaze with Duke and Duchess; Bottom Gidget with Andre

I wish I could go back in time, knowing about the lack of copper in my soil and treat them before it got so bad.

Hera and Gidget

She will live on through her girl Hera, and a lot of grandkids from Zeus.

7 Responses to “Good-bye Gidget”

  1. Foss Mountain Farm November 17, 2021 at 5:01 pm #

    So sorry for your loss. It is so hard to know everything when it comes to animals. I look back and regret a number of alpaca deaths that now I would have handled differently. Such is life with livestock. Lana

  2. Claire Moxon-Waltz November 17, 2021 at 5:50 pm #

    Oh no! I’m so sad to read about this – she was a favourite of mine. I’m so enchanted by the spotted ones. And she was so young, comparatively speaking. What a heartbreak for you. So sorry you had to say goodbye.

    • Teresa November 17, 2021 at 5:53 pm #

      I think the goats who were born after I bought my farm (ie quit buying hay) and before I started giving copper are not going to have long lives. That is the progressive nature of the disease. The odd thing is that she never really seemed depleted, so it could also be CAE wasting. That would be very much in the age range for its usual manifesting.

  3. janicead November 17, 2021 at 6:39 pm #

    ❤😥 Always a difficult decision for you.

  4. Jeanne November 17, 2021 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh, Teresa! I’m so very sorry about this! I’ve always loved your spotted goats so much! They are my favorites! And Gidget was always so beautiful!! I send you my sympathy!

  5. Eileen Wise November 18, 2021 at 4:59 am #

    So sorry, I am sure it is hard to do. RIP Gidget. Have a great day!

  6. twiladf November 18, 2021 at 7:03 am #

    so sad. sorry for your loss.

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