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Getting Through

17 May

I think I’m getting through most of the stuff I need to do to get the herd back to healthy.  The vet came yesterday, and we treated the rest of the goats.  I just hope it’s soon enough that everyone can recover.  Mary has been very ill.

Mary

After everyone got treated, I put Lily, Vixen, Vinnie, Pistol and Antigone back with the rest of the herd.  Luckily, there wasn’t much fighting.  I hope that continues.

Pistol, Antigone, Lily, Vinnie, Vixen, Maggie and I can’t tell who’s clear back there.

I do have four yearling girls that I haven’t given a copper capsule to because I planned on selling them this summer.  I don’t want to keep them another six months, so they will be leaving the farm this weekend.

Viera

I also need to wean some kids.  Then I can put them in another area and feed them hay that didn’t come from my farm and make sure they have plenty of minerals.

Reva with Loki (and Zisa on the other side)

I will probably also sell the kids this weekend other than the ones I am keeping (or already have homes for).  Then I just have to hope that the copper helps those babies coming in June.

Cookie

Sidney (yes, she is pregnant; hopefully just one)

I am really looking forward to getting this under control and having their health improve again.

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Treating the Herd

16 May

It has been a great relief to find out what is wrong with my herd.  I took some of the hay from my bottom to be analyzed, and the results were surprising.  Remember, I said the average ppm (parts per million) of copper in my county is 16.7.  My hay came back as 1 ppm.

It’s no wonder my poor babies have been struggling lately.  Seriously, I have been very frustrated the last several years.  I have goat specific minerals coming, and I hope that will be enough to keep the rest of my kids safe.

Antigone

But my copper capsules arrived for the big goats on Monday!

I gathered everything together and prepared to give the capsules to the goats.

Of course, since I ordered them before I knew the dosage, I had to divide them in half.  It was interesting to see the little copper rods that fill the capsules.

Then I used the idea from one of my goat sisters (Thank you, Tracy!) to get most of the goats to eat them without any fuss or muss.

Peanut butter was the perfect glue to put the peanut back together with the capsule in it.

Although, it was a bit of a mess.

Cookie

Dolly was my first to try it, and most really did do well.  I have done most of my pregnant goats and the ones in the worst shape done.

Dolly

There are probably a few more I can get them down tonight, but then I need someone to help me with the last few because we’re going to have to use a pill pusher with them.  I should start to see a difference in their health within a few weeks.

Pasture!

22 Apr

You might have guessed from yesterday’s post that I let the goats out to pasture this weekend.  I just hate having them shut in the barnyard, and they are cranky.  They need exercise and green grass.

I figure it should be safe to let them out around noon because who knows when we’ll be able to get a fence along this hill to make a safer pasture.

Coral was quite happy to get out there.  The exercise will do her some good.

Coral

I also felt guilty about the llamas being shut in the barnyard and stuck with hay, so I let them out yesterday too.  Buster got left up in the barnyard though because he had his face in the hay.

Buster and Ares

When he finally figured out he could go out to pasture, he seems to have forgotten the girls.

He eventually noticed them but couldn’t figure out how to get to them.  I’m guessing they’ll figure it out eventually.

Maybeline and Odie

I’m  not sure the llamas will make it back to the barnyard before fall.  They will be happy out there, and I’m guessing they’ll finally figure out the schedule of when the gate is open and when it is closed.