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Another Round of Copper

5 Jul

I did give copper to all of the goats before I left.

Copper capsule hidden in a peanut

It was not made easier by some bratty goats like Bubbles who decided to chew it up and spit it out in pasture.

Bubbles

It didn’t turn out quite as well as I had hoped.  When I had to shift to using the pill pusher instead of peanuts, the pusher came apart, and I “pushed” part of it down Ava’s throat with the copper capsule.  I had to call the vet, and he did say that since it was smooth, it was probably a non-issue.

Ava

I luckily had a pill pusher I could use to finish giving it to the rest of the goats.  But I’m at a loss.

I did find a replacement baller that should not be a problem.

Surviving the Heat

21 Jun

Well today was the worst for the heat.  Hopefully, it doesn’t get this bad again this summer.  But we are surviving.

Aurora

The llamas are very happy they got rid of their fleece.

Maybeline

I do have one little guy who is struggling with the heat. Joy’s boy just had respiratory infection from his long birth, and his little lungs can’t take the heat. When they pant, it’s not good.

Champ (with one of LilyAnn’s girls behind him)

He went into the milk room for a long cooling period.

Dolly got to come in and eat sweet feed keep him company.

Then I finally just put him and his mom in the garage.  It’s still hot in there, but the humidity is not near as bad.

Joy and Champ

I am giving the chickens frozen treats of last year’s tomatoes and zucchinis.

The goose spends most of her day in the pool, and I swear I really do get clean water for her every afternoon.

Miss Goose

My dog has decided the best way to beat the heat is to stay inside in the air conditioning.

Sky

Another thing I did to help the goats survive the heat is kicking everyone out of the greenhouse.  It is just oppressive in there.

Zora looking at the panel blocking her entrance.

I added a tarp back to the pen and plunked all the babies out there.  They decided it was pretty awesome.

The moms enjoy it too.

Cutie was the first to try it out.

Hopefully, today is the last of the horrible, horrible heat.  But here’s a bonus video of the kids enjoying the shade.

Copper Works

1 Jun

I still, after several years of dealing with the copper issues in the herd, still feel like I’m always guessing.

Caroline introducing Ducky to the mineral block.

Like–why some goats go bald so quickly.

Flower

But I will say, in the last week I’ve noticed my three girls with hair loss are all growing hair again!

Haley

Look at those tiny hairs coming in!

Cinnamon

Flower

Yay!  Now I just hope I can keep them going in the right direction.