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Mother Necessity

5 Mar

They say necessity is the mother of invention.  Well, I had a bit of necessary inspiration with Gidget’s little girl, Gypsy.  She was tangled up with one of her brothers, so she didn’t develop leg muscles before she was born.  Both she and her brother got Nutri-drench, and he was fine in the morning.  Gypsy, however, was constantly spraddle-legged.

Gypsy

Gypsy

She would get down and couldn’t get back up.  It literally took me five tries to leave the room before she was not all spraddled out again.  Building muscle is the only way to fix it.  Her mother, however, is a pain in the butt very protective mother.  She would stomp her hoof and shake her head and push me when I’d try to help Gypsy stand and nurse.

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I had to get creative.  I made an orthopedic band for her legs that would hold them close enough together that she could move and walk, but she couldn’t get totally spraddled out.  Amazingly, it worked.  She could stand!  It was stretched tight to keep her legs in place, but it was working.

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She could pee!

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She fell, but she could get herself back up.  For the first time, when she was two days old, she stood up on her own.

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Gidget wasn’t too sure about it, but since it meant I would leave her little girl alone, she was okay with it.

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By this morning, Gypsy could just pop back up and was positively dancing!  She is one happy girl.  She’s already holding her legs better.  The elastic isn’t stretched tight from holding her now.  I’m guessing I’ll be able to remove it in a day or two.

Friday’s Hunt v3.9

3 Mar

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.  Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week the topics will be:  Starts with J, Week’s Favorite, and bird or wings.   I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top.  I am crazy busy with teaching and working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with I:  I’ve only had two goats that begin with the letter I–Indie and Isobelle.  I am sharing Indie, short for Miss Independent.  She was Maggie’s daughter.

Indie

Indie

Week’s Favorite:  I have all my spring break moms shut in the barnyard, and everyone else is on the back side of the barnyard.  It was actually surprisingly easy to get everyone where they belong.  Imagine that!  Let the babies arrive!  I am now on spring break!

Gidget

Gidget

UPDATE:  I always do my Friday’s Hunt post on Thursday just in case something happens.  Well, this time something happened that is my week’s favorite.  Gidget (the goat I chose to put in my post last night) surprised me by having her kids a bit early.  That’s because she had triplets!  My first Xerxes kids!

No. 1 a buckling

No. 1 a buckling

No. 2 a doe

No. 2 a doe

No. 3 a buckling

No. 3 a buckling

Because she was so full, a couple of the kids have wonky legs, but they are already building their muscles up, and they’ll be perfectly fine in a few days.

Nose:  Nothing cuter than a puppy nose!

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Now it’s your turn!

A Wintery Blast

25 Feb

Thursday evening saw rain and thunderstorms overnight.  By Friday afternoon, it had turned colder and was snowing by the time I got home.  Ironically, I saw my first robin of the year.

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I tried to take a couple of pictures of the trees glistening in the morning sun, but I didn’t feel like walking in the brutal wind to get a good shot, so I am stuck with this one little frozen drop.

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I did also find a few icicles on the fence (Blaze behind).

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Blaze

Sky wasn’t too sure about coming out with me.

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Sky

Bob was sitting in a corner out of the wind and enjoying the sun.

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Bob

Hercules also found a nice spot to bask in the sun with the door shielding him from the wind.

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Hercules

This sudden change was quite a shock to our systems.