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Mud is Bad for Hooves

1 Apr

This wet spring has been horrible for the goats’ feet.  Mary has been the worst.  She’s been limping off and on, but she was doing much better.  Then it rained again.  Monday, she was barely walking, so I caught her and tried to fix it up.

Note the duct tape bandage.

Sadly, I think she had hard outer hoof digging into the soft frog of the other toe because she had a big bloody mess.  I padded between the toes with a gauze bandage and then wrapped it.

Mary with Quatro and Trace

I also shut her in the buck room with her kids so she can get some rest and not have to walk out in pasture to eat.  Okay, I also locked her in because she was mad at me, so she wanted to go fight with Reva.  Brat. The next morning, I moved Mary into the garage with her kids.

She’ll stay in here for a few days.  Her foot needs dry conditions.  Then I’ll have to do a bit more trimming on it.  Hopefully, she’ll be good to go then.

Quatro and Trace

After moving Mary into the garage, I put Bambi and Astra in the buck room and opened the door for them to have the front pasture.

Bambi with Cinquain

Joker, Avril, and Jester

Now that we seem to be a bit warmer and drier, I’m going to work really hard on getting hooves all trimmed before we get muddy again.

The Genetics of a Cutie Patootie

14 Mar

I just can’t get over how cute Victoria’s little girl is.

Onyx

That might lead to a hard decision because I have vowed never to keep a descendant of Joe’s.  She was a great goat, but her hooves were horrible, and she did pass those genes on to Clover. I don’t want any goat to have to go through that again.

Joe Jo Street (2008 – 2015)

But look at this baby!

She looks like a true combination of her grandma Coffee and her grandpa Flash (Joe’s boy).

Coffee (came to the farm in 2011 – 2015)

Flash Blackboer (2010 – 2011)

It just amazes me that she can look so much like a combination of those two grandparents and doesn’t look like her mom.

She is just cuteness overload!

Old Ladies Together

9 Feb

Since I sold the bucks, I spent yesterday afternoon trying to get everyone moved where they need to be before kidding in March.  I took the old ladies from the Love Shack and easily led Margarita, Maggie, and Cookie to the greenhouse.  Chiffon and Marge snuck in while I was dragging fat wethers out.  I’ll leave them for now, but I might have to kick them out if I need more room.

Cookie, Margarita, Maggie, Marge, and Chiffon (with Sidney on this side of the gate)

Harley was another story.  I had to drag her.  I don’t know why she won’t walk.  Dragging is so hard on her back.  I even tried bribing her with peanuts.  I finally got her into the greenhouse too.

Harley

Then I brought Pistol and Antigone from the garage.  The weather was fairly warm today, and it is supposed to be fairly warm tomorrow, so I figured there wasn’t going to be any better time to move them.

Pistol

Margarita greeted Antigone in typical goat fashion–fighting.

Antigone and Margarita (with their moms, Pistol and Maggie watching)

Finally, I added Clover.  She spent the night in, but she wanted out the next morning, so I let her.  I’ll keep an eye on her in case I really need to put her back in the greenhouse. You can see that I have a heat lamp in there (the circle in the doorway).  Actually there are two in the building.  That will help it stay a little warmer.

Antigone, Clover, and Pistol

Maggie has claimed this lamp for herself.

Maggie

I thought about adding Dolly in there.  She’s seemed tired lately.  I don’t know why.  She did go in, but when she didn’t find sweet feed, she wanted back out.

Dolly

They have all the ameneties they need in here.  It’s a heated water bucket, sweet feed delivered every day, and lots of hay.

Pistol

I also gave them a sweet lick bucket last week.  I figure anything to encourage them to eat is good.

Maggie

They like it.

I also want to apologize for the post I accidentally published this morning.  I meant to hit save.  It will be coming later in the week.