Tag Archives: goat

Still Improving

16 Feb

I felt bad when I had to take Aurora back into the garage, but I think being out that little bit to see outside and all the other llamas helped her emotionally.

Aurora

Since she went back in the garage, she’s only had Lily for company.

Lily

The two of them get along well (Lily is calm), and I always make sure there’s two places to eat, and I tied the tub so Lily can’t dump it out.

She has really been picking up weight again.  She’s constantly eating.

Bless my nephew for continuing to bring me a few bales at a time for these two girls.

I am really starting to feel optimistic that she’s going to make it.

I wrote this post a couple days ago and scheduled it, and now I’m editing.  I swear every time I think she is gaining weight and doing better about two days later, I think she looks more thin again and I’m worried the ulcers are back.  I guess I have no idea how she’s doing, and I’ll just keep playing it by ear.

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Four-and-a Half Generations

25 Jan

The other day I noticed Dolly and her maa Lily lying side by side in the barnyard.

Dolly and Lily

Then I noticed Dolly’s girl, Pistol was beside them with her little Astra.  That makes four generations!

Astra, Pistol, Dolly, and Lily

Soon Clover was over near them looking for tasty bits of hay to snack on.

Pistol, Dolly, Lily, and Clover

Since Clover is Pistols’ girl, it’s still four generations.

Clover (and family behind her)

It looks to me like Clover settled to kid in March, so that will be a full five generations then!

Roller Coaster Weather

9 Jan

I have a couple of graphs from accuweather.com that show what our temps have been like for the the last month or so (and what’s coming).  Honestly, the previous two months were even more crazy up and down.

The Iowa State vets think this is the reason Aurora had ulcers.

Aurora

Odie and Stormy weren’t quite themselves over the weekend.  I shut Odie in and babied her for a day.

Odie (and Maybeline photobombing)

She seems much better now. Although, she is still annoyed with the goats.  She would love not to have to put up with goats.

I’m not sure about Stormy, so I’m still keeping a close eye on her.  She’s eating, but she just isn’t her normal self.

Stormy

This weather really is horrible for the animals.  It also can cause pneumonia.  I lost three chickens.  Granted, they were getting older, but the birds really don’t handle big swings in weather. They wish they were a part of a large production facility with temperature control when it’s this cold.

(old file photo)

I would love to see some consistently average weather for the next couple of months.  Unfortunately, we’re going from nearly 50*F (10*C) tomorrow to a high of 7*F (-13.9*C) by Monday.  Sigh…