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Miserable

11 May

Sky is one miserable dog.  He got fixed today.  Add to that the fact that he gets carsick, and he’s really miserable.

Sky

This dog has no plans to ever leave the farm again.  Ever.

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

Spa Day

7 May

Last weekend our weather was cold, windy, rainy and miserable.  Every day throughout the week, it got a bit nicer and warmer.  That means by Friday, when it was sunny and 76*F (*C) with little wind, the pregnant goats and llamas were hot.  Odie was miserable.

Odie

Luckily, the two llama lladies did not have long to wait for getting sheared.  Saturday morning, when the goats were in pasture and they were in the barnyard, I bribed them into the greenhouse with some corn.  Judging by the ears, they were not amused.  I tried to tell them it wasn’t really Alcatraz.  It was just a girls day to be pampered before their spa treatments.

They did finally settle down.

Maybeline in front

Sunday the shearers arrived.  It’s the same super nice family that did Llenny’s shearing last year–Aspen Rayne Ranch.  We started with Maybeline.

Odie was second.  Here’s she’s getting a good blowing off before they start shearing.

It’s crazy how much wool those girls had.  They were really warm.

While they switched tools, I wormed them.

Then they got their hooves trimmed.

They look much cooler!  That’s good because we are supposed to be even warmer this coming week.  I present to you…

Maybeline

Odie

Now I have to decide what to do with two bags of wool.

I’m thinking rugs.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt next week.  I have the 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.