The Bottle Kids

The bottle kids are doing well.  Fozzy Bear is an old pro at being a bottle kid.  I’ll probably cut him down to one bottle a day soon.  That will encourage him to eat more grass and hay.

Fozzy Bear

Fozzy Bear

I’m not sure how he can eat the way he gets his head upside down.  I gave him a new nipple, and he just keeps turning until his head is upside down.

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Reddy looks like he’s not sure how Fozzy can eat that way either.  You can see a video HERE (beware the noisy rooster).

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Reddy finally got his bottle.  He’s doing much better; although he’s still not looking great.

Reddy

Reddy

Ruff is doing better too, but there are no pictures of him because he pretends to be scared of me, so I have to catch him.  Then I have to open his mouth for him and put the nipple in.  Then he sucks so fast and hard that he collapses the bottle.

Kicked Out

I had to kick my yard goats out of the yard.  When I went out to check my garden this morning, my peppers had been eaten.  The plants were pretty leafless.  On a good note, the goats didn’t eat the actual peppers, and I was able to chop and freeze about a gallon of bell peppers.

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The only reason I hadn’t already returned the goats to the north part was the lack of shelter.  Well, my son and nephew helped me put a Quonset hut in the north paddock, so it creates more shelter up there.

Hilda, Sam, and Hazel

Hilda, Sam, and Hazel

Sam is amazingly healthy considering how sick he was when I got home from Iowa City.  When I moved him, I checked his eyelids, and they are bright red!  Hilda seems to be doing well, and as long as she doesn’t pig out on corn again, she shouldn’t have diarrhea anymore.  Hopefully Hazel has grown enough that she can’t get out anymore.

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Fozzy Bear and Sugar were happy to be reunited.  I’ll just keep an eye on Yolanda to make sure her brother being back with them doesn’t cause her not to get enough to eat.

Sugar and Fozzy Bear

Sugar and Fozzy Bear

Then there’s Millie.  I left her in the yard.  I could never kick her out.

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I love my old lady, and I’ll let her decide if she wants to stay in the yard by herself (although she has company in the same building and across the fence, so she isn’t alone) or if she wants to go back up north.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday for the letter K.  K is for kicked out!

Too Much Rain

I hate complaining about the weather, but on the farm, the weather is something that can make or break your livelihood. It’s a life and death kind of thing.  We had another day that was supposed to yield possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, and instead, the rain began about nine this morning and has hardly let up.

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Notice there is still cut hay lying there that was going to be chopped last Friday.

Since Friday morning we’ve had 3 or 4 inches, and we didn’t need any to start with.  It’s stopped all progress on my garage, which means my poor boys are stuck in the inferior shelter I built for them.  Fionn seems to have picked up coccidia causing him to have diarrhea. That’s another problem with too much rain.  It causes the parasite eggs to float, and the animals are more likely to eat them and become ill. It’s not easy treating a big buck.

Fionn and Boeris

Fionn and Boeris enjoying shade before it turned into mud

I haven’t been able to make hay, so instead of two weeks, I still have my June moms in the north paddock after six weeks.  I’m still feeding them hay from last year to try and keep them from over-browsing their little pasture.  Despite the hay, Blaze isn’t keeping up with feeding her boys, Ruff and Reddy, and they have picked up worms, like Fionn.  I am treating them and giving them supplemental bottles.  Hopefully, they’ll recover.

Joani, Watson, Ruff, Vern, Reddy

Joani, Watson, Ruff, Yolanda (in back) Vern, Reddy, and Ruby

Goats hate rain, so instead of eating in pasture, the rest of the herd is hanging out in the barn all day .  That’s another area where the bacteria and parasite eggs are in higher concentration.  I have a couple of  moms that really need to get out to pasture to eat because they are getting run down.

Victoria and kids, Stormy and kids, Annie

Victoria and kids, Stormy and kids, Annie

I already told you Kizzy was thin.  Because she can’t go out to pasture and eat, she’s getting thin again.  Her kids were also looking thin because they are spending more time trying to nurse her and getting nothing than they are eating.  As a result, they picked up worms.  I started worming them, but it takes time, and they are weak by the time they show signs of needing wormed.

Kizzy, Kimmy and Kenny about three weeks ago

Kizzy, Kimmy and Kenny about three weeks ago

If your remember, had to move my yard goats into the yard because the shelter up north wasn’t big enough to accommodate everyone with all the heat and rain (and cranky dispositions).  All of this means, I had no place to put Kizzy or her kids to help them recover weight and strength.

Sam and Millie

Sam and Millie

When I checked everyone in the barn yesterday afternoon while it was raining, Kimmy (Kizzy’s doe) was looking better.  The worm medicine was probably helping her.  I was glad to see her looking better because I really couldn’t come up with any other place to put her.  Sadly, when the goats came up from pasture when they finally got to go out late in the evening, she wasn’t with them.  I looked and looked until it was too dark to see, but I couldn’t find her.

Kenny today

Kenny today

With the lightning this morning, I still haven’t been able to go back to look for her, but I’m sure she’s gone.  It’s possible she just got worn out from walking in the thick wet grass and couldn’t make it back, or it’s also likely that she was behind the group and got picked off by a coyote.  I did find a deer in the pasture that the coyotes had been eating, so I know they are out there even though Llenny keeps them away from my barnyard.

Llenny (with Minnie in the background)

Llenny (with Minnie in the background)

So when I complain about too much rain, it’s because all of this sickness and over-crowding and lack of hay and loss of life comes from too much rain.

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