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Improving

20 Oct

I have to say, I’m working hard to get everyone healthy.  It’s definitely a battle, but I’m winning the battle with my two little girls.  Chiffon is really doing well, and Venus is improving too.

Chiffon and Venus

I caught Tony and (with the help of my son) put him in the Love Shack.  He’s had the meds for the ulcers.

Tony

Now I need him to quit pacing and stressing over the girls.

In order to make room for Tony in the Love Shack, I put Fionn back with the rest of the bucks.  He’s doing quite well.

I got the copper capsules in all the goats again. I still had to use the pill pusher for a handful of them. Mary (Mary Quite Contrary) was the last one.

Mary

I’m kind of irritated with myself because I accidentally gave Joani two capsules.  I have a checklist, but you can’t carry it with you because the goats will eat it, and I messed up.

Joani

I think it will be okay, but look at her.  She doesn’t even seem repentant about taking an extra one.  In fact, I’m pretty sure she was looking for a third one last night.

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Here We Go Again

17 Oct

The last couple of years have really made me wonder why I have animals.  The copper has been a nightmare.  Maybe if it hadn’t taken eight years to get a diagnosis, it wouldn’t be so overwhelming.

Bonnie is losing the hair on her nose and really, her entire coat is thin.

As it is, I gave everyone another round of copper this week.

That means they are up to eight grams of copper on the year; although, Betty and Clover are now at ten grams.

Clover and Sky (I’m not barking at her; she’s barking at me.)

Add to that the llamas’ ulcers, and I’m ready to quit.  Aurora has recovered amazingly.  She’s doing wonderfully.

Aurora and Maybeline

Tony is losing weight again.  Now, once they’ve had ulcers, they are more susceptible.  He took a bite of llama feed and quit.  I’m trying to get the meds for him, but, just to make things fun, it is no longer available, but I just found out that I can still get the generic (and I kind of wish I had known there was a generic version earlier).  Crazy.

Tony

He spends all of his time along the fence pacing and staring at the girls.  I think that’s his stressor.  He wants to breed.

Honestly, that was Llenny’s stressor too.  If I can get him healed up and weight back on him, I will probably see if I can have the vet castrate him over the winter.

Hopefully, that will get rid of his stressor.  Poor handsome boy.

Besides, it’s obvious that Odie and Maybeline want nothing to do with a stud–stinking Black Widow Llady Llamas.

Odie

I’m at the point now that I think I was wrong again, and they are never going to have a baby.  Seriously, goats get out for five minutes and four does are bred; these girls have spent months with three different studs and can’t give me a single cria.

Walking In the Pasture

14 Oct

I decided I had to go for a walk after being sick most of last week.  Even though we were under a high wind warning and only made it to around 50°F for a high temp, I grabbed my camera and went out.

Bambi, Cookie, Aurora, Marge, and Maybeline

Actually, it wasn’t too bad on the bottom because the hills do help shelter us from the wind.

?, Moose, Casey, Coral, and ?  (Aurora and Odie in the back)

I also closed the gates for the winter.  They have to stay on the front half of the Back Forty now.  Hopefully, that will prevent any losses to coyotes.

Myson

I also checked and saw that there’s not a lot of clover on the bottom, so I’m going to leave the wethers on the pasture with everyone else.  Hopefully, I don’t regret that later.

Pluto and big sister Sidney

Overall, it was a nice walk.