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Kids Will Be Kids

15 Jul

The barnyard seems awfully empty and quiet with the February/March kids leaving the farm.

That’s a good thing.  The June kids are enjoying having the whole barnyard as their playground.

Twyla

I’m not so sure Farina is pleased to be a part of the playground.

Jumbo and Biscuit on Farina

Jumbo and Cookie’s boys were certainly having fun though.

Reva watching Jumbo, Biscuit and Butter on Farina

Even with all that space, Biscuit still manages to find a way to need rescued.  He got in with the bucks and Ollie and couldn’t figure out how to get back on the right side.  His brother, Butter, didn’t seem to care to much.  I was nice and helped him figure out how to get back with the kids.

Silly boy!

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

Lack of Winter Woes

6 May

I’ve said before, it’s not good when we don’t have a real winter.  We end up with a “no kill” on the parasites situation.  I already poured everyone for lice.  Then I noticed one or two of the bucks had a bit of diarrhea (and I can’t get Sam cleared up), so I treated them for coccidia.  Then I did a fecal and treated Sam for round worms.

Then Mary had bottle jaw.  Then Minnie was really pale in the eyes. Then Wanda got diarrhea.  That’s when I decided to check several goats.  Worms are usually not a spring thing here at Eden Hills.  Usually, the goats are on the dry barnyard all winter.  The ground is frozen when I feed them hay, so it’s all good.  Spring comes and they go out on their forty acres and it’s all good.  Usually, I end up worming a handful of moms who get run down at the end of summer when the pasture is getting eaten down.

Dolly with Andy

I can’t even tell you the last time I did a mass worming.  My little June babies always get wormed, but my March kids usually are never wormed before they leave the farm.  It’s just not a problem with them.  I have to say, my goats are not used to being wormed, and this stuff must taste worse than death warmed over because they are not happy.  Red managed to knock me on my butt and rip my shirt.

Red

I was telling his mother, Harley that she should tell her boy to be better behaved, but then she tried  giving me a piercing where I know I do not want one.  Then Vixen smashed my finger.

Harley

I have wormed thirty-four goats today, and I don’t even want to think about how many I have left.  Hopefully, we’re done with the injuries, but probably not.  It’s the hard to catch ones that I have left to do.  The CoRid (for coccidia) goes in the water for five days (because I am not catching every goat to dose individually–I do not have a death wish), so I’ll start that tomorrow morning.

I checked with the vet, and I’m waiting to see how long I have to wait before I can use their milk again.  Since I don’t know, I will shut the kids in and milk tonight.  Hopefully, I’ll have enough to make three or four more batches of lotion.

I have to say, my girls’ health comes first.  Then safety for my products.  If I run out, we’ll have to be patient.

Rain Again

29 Mar

We’ve had rain again most of the day.  Luckily, there hasn’t been anything severe, but we’ve had quite a bit of rain.

Dolly

That means mud and unhappy goats.  We are all hoping for some sunshine soon.