Tag Archives: Ava

Trying to Trim Hooves

30 Nov

With all the mud in the barnyard, it makes hoof care really difficult.  They need attention because the hooves are soft and growing, and the white line disease is bad.  With the mud, it allows the mud to get packed up between the hoof wall and the frog.  That means painful feet.  Unfortuantely, it’s really hard to trim feet when they are wet and slick with mud.  It generally means someone gets hurt (usually me) when the hoof shears slip.

Cutie

Still, it has to be done, so I’ve been trying to get them taken care of.  Myson just had his feet trimmed.

Myson

I actually did quite a few last weekend when the weather was nice and it was just a little muddy, not like when I took the pictures yesterday.

Ava was easy to do since she’s one of my milking girls.  I just let her into the milk room.  Wanda was limping, so I made sure to get her done.  Her feet were actually pretty good.  She just had mud stuck up between the toes, so I got that cleaned out for her.

Wanda and Ava

Cinnamon and Litha were similar.

Cinnamon

Reva is another story. I tied her in the barn and it wasn’t even muddy.

Reva (and mom, Litha behind her)

I got her front foot done while wrestling with her because she was being a brat. Then I went to the back foot, and just as I snipped, she kicked.  This time, she’s the one who got hurt.  I think I’d rather it be me that gets cut.  Anyhow,  I bandaged her foot, but the mud and wet weather isn’t letting it heal.  If it still bleeds next time I take the bandage off, she’ll get a sock and plastic boot added to the dressing.

I told her to stand still, but she didn’t believe me.

I Prefer the Old Hobby

11 Oct

I kept telling Fionn he needed to get a new hobby instead of destroying the Love Shack.

Fionn

Well, I kind of regret saying that.  I decided to give Fionn two girls, Wanda and Ava.  Xerxes has his girls in the barnyard.  Well, the two bucks decided they had to fight.  They destroyed two pieces of cattle panel.

Xerxes and Fionn in the same pen

Notice, they do get along.  For some reason when you put a fence between goats, it makes them all seem to want to fight.  Seriously.  Anyhow, I got the panels all replaced and Xerxes out of the Love Shack.  Today, I came home from work(Yay!  Felt well enough to go to work) to find that Fionn (and Wanda and Ava) was out with everyone else.  I got everyone put back and replaced another section of destroyed cattle panel.

Fionn with Ava and Wanda

Poor Fionn might have over-exerted himself.  He’s looking good, but he hasn’t had much exercise for a couple of months.  He’s really worn out.  I’m not sure he’ll even be able to breed his two girls if they come into heat now.  Overall, I think I preferred him head butting the Love Shack.

That Time of Year

19 Aug

It is once again that time of year that I dread.  It’s the end of summer.  Every year, it gets harder to go back to work and leave the farm.  We are still in full production mode with the garden.  I can’t keep up with everything, and the tomatoes have barely started.

I’m still milking.  I’ve almost got a year’s supple of Mozzarella in the freezer.

It would be nice to have lots of milk to play with and try some cheddar cheese, but the four girls I’m milking seem to be drying up.  By the way, that adds a whole level of fun to getting up and ready for work in the morning.  I’m going to miss my lounging with a cup of coffee after I get done milking.

Ava

I really want to wean Joy, so I can milk Zinnia since the other girls are slowing down.  Zinnia wants to come in, and I’d let her just come in if she brought her girl with her because Joy is still a little sassy pants.  But she won’t come in the door.

Joy (by her mom)

Then I get retired goats, like her grandmaa Haley, trying to bust in for some sweet feed.

Haley

It’s also hard going back to work with the older goats. Stormy is looking pretty rough trying to stand up, so I decided it was time to start her on the anti-inflammatory meds also.

Stormy

Luckily she like peanut butter crackers, too.

This was literally a test cracker to see if she’d eat it.  Definitely a yes!

It’s also that time when I have to decided if the random days of diarrhea are from worms or copper deficiency.  It’s a symptom of both.

Hilda

I have several whom I think could just drop dead of a heart attack at any time because of anemia from the copper deficiency. I really wish I could have known what was going on when I first tried to find out.

Vinnie

Even after the copper, Cupid doesn’t seem to be getting her dark orange spots back.  Although, I do think there’s a couple that look like they have a little more color. I’m just afraid of killing them by giving them too much.

Cupid

I still have a few of my March kids on the farm, and I won’t have a chance to sell them until next month sometime.  Some of the are looking good.

Poki

Some you can see have a fishtail from the lack of copper.

Wendy

Then there’s a couple that just look horrible.  I hate to even try to sell them looking like this.

Tootles

Then there’s Tink.  I can’t keep her head out of the fences, so she had to have a horn apparatus put on before I go back to work.

Tink

I also need to look at my fragile June babies.  They seem to get hit harder by the lack of copper than the March kids. Sadly, Bambi lost her baby due to the combination of copper deficiency and worms.  I have wormed all of the June babies, and still they are not growing well.

Button (Aphrodite’s baby)

I am also afraid they are too small to give copper yet.  I need to balance their needs with the needs of their moms.

Cookie and Marge

I’m leaning towards weaning them.  It will be eaiser on the moms, and hopefully, they will eat the sweet feed if I shut them up north.  That’s not a given though.

Marge

Pluto ended up with the blood transfusion last year because he refused to eat the minerals or sweet feed.

Pluto

It’s just the time of year that has me crazy with worry.