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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.

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Who’s Due

28 May

I can’t believe we’re almost to June.  You know what that means–June babies.  So who’s due?

After I thought the copper was going to fix everything, I decided to let some of my girls who didn’t settle last year try it again.  Here’s who’s due from oldest to youngest.  At ten years old, Penny is my oldest one to have kids this year.  She is due June 8th.

Penny

Bambi and Vinnie are also both in that category of not having kids last year but settling this year.  They are both nine this summer. Vinne is due between June 9th and 15th.  She is one I’m really concerned about with the copper since she’s lost so much hair and looks horrible.

Vinnie

Bambi is due between June 16th and 22nd.  Bambi actually looks like she’s still in pretty good shape.

Bambi

The next one is Cookie.  She’s the last of my “old” girls who are bred.  She is going to be eight next month. There’s no question about her being bred when you look at her.  She’s also one of the first ones due. June 5th is her due date.  She was in heat when I put her in with the buck (I didn’t know it when I put her over there), and with our many snow makeup days, she is due before I’m done working for the summer.

Cookie

Bambi’s doe Daisy is my next one. I still consider her young at three years old.  She is due between June 16th and 22nd.  It was such cold miserable weather when they were with the bucks, I didn’t see when many of the girls were bred.  I just am using dates from when I last saw them in heat and extrapolating when they are most likely due.

Daisy

Zinnia and LilyAnn are both two years old.  Zinnia is expecting her second kid on June 5th.  Like Cookie, I didn’t know she was in heat when I put them with the bucks.

Zinnia

LilyAnn is expecting her first baby this year.  She’s due between June 16th and 22nd.

LilyAnn

Aphrodite is my yearling. She is due sometime between June 23rd and 30th.

Hera is another yearling and the last one I saw bred, which would make her due June 28th, but I’m not sure she settled.

Hera

She doesn’t seem to be making an udder, so I think she’s open.  I have to say, I will be relieved when we are done with kidding this year.

Signs of Copper Deficiency

21 May

When I discovered what was wrong with my goat herd, I was actually happy.  I got the impression that if I gave my goats the copper capsule twice a year, it would be wonderful.  Life would be perfect with them again.

Casey

But my goats are in worse shape now than they were when I first gave them the copper last year at this time.

Flower

The whole herd.

Thankfully, the copper I gave the girls last fall seems to have worked wonders for the kids.  None of them show signs of deficiency from before they were born.

Snow White

But the moms…many didn’t have milk.

Bonnie and Socks

They’re thin.

Annie

They’ve had bottle jaw from the severe anemia.

Mary

It’s not just the moms.  We had lice (parasitism is one of the signs). I actually had to get the vet here for Harley because the treatment I did wasn’t taking care of the problem for her.

Harley

We’ve had diarrhea.

Litha

Stormy even had bottle jaw, and she’s been retired from having kids for two years now.

Stormy

Their fur is coarse, thin, and coming out.

Dolly

It’s just a nightmare.  I am worried about my girls who are due in June.  Vinnie’s losing hair on her side.

Vinnie

Even Cupid, who was new to the farm last fall and was getting sweet feed with copper all winter is quickly losing ground now that she’s with everyone and not getting the extra feed.  She has a fish tail and is losing the fur from her tail.

I finally decided that the recommended dose was not enough.  The amount I was told to give them is half the dose on the directions that came with the capsules.  I gave everyone another capsule; hopefully, that will do the trick.

I really am at a loss of how to get things to improve.  If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what I’ll do.