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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.

She Started a Trend

4 Apr

I shared yesterday that Cutie snuck out to the Back Forty.  The next day my mom sent me a text at work that I had a bunch of goats in the Back Forty.  Sure enough.  I got home today to find a few goats out there in pasture.

Blaze, Caroline, Annie, and Cookie

They saw me and came running because they didn’t want to miss their evening grain.

Blaze, Cookie, Caroline, and Annie

Astra shinnied right under the fence again.  Sidney was waiting her turn, and so was Haley.

Astra (with Sidney behind her)

Haley wasn’t so sure about fitting back through that little hole even though that’s where they went out.

Some goats just walked up to the gate to wait for me to let them in.

Coral and Annie

Haley still thought she should be able to make it back under there.  I’ve got news for her.  It’s a lot harder to shinny up hill.

Haley with Vanna waiting impatiently

I did go up and open the gate for those bigger girls (like my mom did yesterday).

Dolly

I had to be careful not to let other goats out.  Haley finally decided she was going to have to come through the gate.

Haley (with Stormy wanting out)

Blaze, however, was a bit concerned about getting beaten up by Stormy.  She decided she was going to make it back through that tiny spot.

Blaze

She did it!  And that is why they say if you throw water at a fence and it gets through, a goat can get through.