Annie’s Luck

16 Aug

Yesterday when I was doing chores, I went to put more minerals in the pans in the greenhouse and was really surprised to see Annie was in there instead of out in pasture with everyone else.  She looked horribly dumpy and acted really out of it.  She did take off when I checked her eyes.  I followed her into the barnyard, and as she went away from me I noticed she had blood on her back side.  When I got closer and caught her, I saw her vulva was mangled.

I shut her in the Love Shack and called the vet.  After our conversation and getting a bit closer look (so hard to see with a black goat), she also had a couple of wounds on her leg and one on her udder.  It was apparently a coyote attack.

I called my nephew to come hold her while I gave her shots (tetanus, pain killer and antibiotics), and I was shocked to hear a lone coyote just north of my barnyard, yipping with no response.  I would guess this is the one that attacked–in the middle of the afternoon–in the couple of hours she had been out to pasture with the herd before they came back because of sprinkles.

Annie

I don’t know what to do.  We’ve ordered materials to put a fence up to keep them away from the woodlot.  But this coyote was right by the barnyard.  I have five llamas on the farm, but they seem to be rather fat and lazy.

Maybeline

I’m just grateful her injuries aren’t worse.  I will keep her shut in a few days to recover and watch for infections.  My nephew, bless his heart, is coming to help hold her again (I might be repaying his kindness with feta).  Now Caroline just wants to know why she is getting shut in with her mother.

Caroline keeping Annie company

I thought Annie would feel better having her daughter with her.

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Up a Tree

15 Aug

You might remember that when I first moved the girls to the front pasture, I had some issues with goats climbing the fallen tree and ending up on the wrong side.  Daisy kind of took that to the extreme.  Long after everyone else figured out how to stay in, she was still getting out and making me come open the gate for her.

Daisy in the tree; Penny by the fence

I swear every time I go out in pasture she’s up a tree.

Seriously.

(Moose and Maisie below)

She is also the one who was “accidentally” climbing the cattle panels to get into the buffer strip along the bean field.

She is a stinker.  Luckily, she seems to have quit that (for now).

Growing Up

14 Aug

Zeus has always been a cute little guy with his spots and blotches.  He still has them!

Zeus

Although, they are not as pronounced as when he was little.

Love the silver triangle.

But he’s also growing up.  Do you see it?

He’s growing a beard!

Soon it will be time to get him away from the girls and put him in with the big boys.

Zeus (back) and Hera using maa, Gidget, as a pillow

His mom and sister will certainly miss snuggling with him when I have to move him.