Tag Archives: hooves

Weekend Work and Wondering

15 Apr

This weekend has been busy.  I’m trying to get caught up with things out in the barnyard.  That means I’ve been working on cleaning out my bigger pen in the chicken coop so that I can move Mama Phoenix over there.

Mama Phoenix

The pen in there is about twice the size of her little rabbit hutch.

She can’t be out with all the other birds (they are nasty and would probably kill her), but she can see them and get reacquainted.  We’ll see how it goes after that.

I’m trying to work my way through trimming hooves on all the goats.

I’ve actually done Caroline and Clover for the second time.

doe goat

Caroline

I was a bit worried about doing Harley with her bad back end, but we did it!

Harley

I also poured all the kids and big goats on that side of the barnyard for lice.  I didn’t see them on all the goats, but it was enough.  I’m guessing it’s because they are still low on copper.  Parasitism is one of the symptoms of low copper.

Cinnamon

I checked the goats on the other side, and they were fine.

Betty Lou (She is now my oldest goat.)

I am also trying to figure out what to do with Tony and Pluto.  Pluto was supposed to be healed from being banded by now, but he just had his balls cut off and rebanded, so I don’t want anyone picking on him.  And they’re goats.  That is not likely to happen.

Pluto

Tony is eating and has gained enough weight that I think I could probably let him out, but once I do, I’m not sure I can get him alone to eat.  I’m sure he won’t be able to get his three quarts of llama feed each day.

Tony

Then I still have Aurora on this side.  I might be okay with letting them be together and hopefully make a cria.  I guess.  But I still just worry about her.

Aurora

I also want to get her back with Buster.  They miss being together.

Aurora and Buster

I just don’t know how to get her over there without mixing goats, and I am still feeding my moms a lot of extra food.

Blaze with Bandit and Trooper

So many decisions…

Advertisements

Need More Fall

14 Nov

The challenging weather last week means that I’ve kind of stalled out on getting caught up with hooves.  I’m happy to say that Wanda’s hoof is all healed.

Wanda

I did manage to get a couple of my more challenging girls done right before the rain started.

Bonnie

I still have quite a few that I need to catch.  Some I am really not looking forward to.

Penny

I still need to make sure I get Caroline and Clover another time (or two) before the cold permanently settles in for the winter.

Sweet Caroline

I have to admit, I’ve been delaying my stinky boys.  Zeus got done before I put him in with the two big bucks, but I really need to get Fionn’s feet done because he’s another one who has the white line disease.

Fionn

I swear hooves are a never-ending job.  Of course, right after I scheduled this post, the goats decided to have a siesta Sunday afternoon, and I managed to get five more done!  Of course, I did Myson and Moose outside (tethered to a post), and Casey decided to help.  He rubbed his head against my head the entire time.  He’s so helpful!

Casey

Then when I was doing chores, I told Vinnie I really needed to get her hooves done.  Since I usually can’t touch her, I was thrilled when she followed me to the milk room, came in and calmly ate while I trimmed her hooves.

Vinnie

She and her twin sister, Pistol, have always been able to understand human speak perfectly.  They amaze me.

Hooves

1 Nov

I’ve been trying to trim a few sets of hooves each evening.

It’s a lot of work to keep up with their feet, and as wet as we were in September, I didn’t get many done.  Sadly, I seem to have missed Caroline on the last round, so her feet were pretty bad.

Caroline

Now I’m working hard to get caught up.  Of course, my milking girls are easy.

Zinnia and Haley

Some goats are not quite so cooperative, and I have to tie them in front of the food.

Litha

Of course, I have a few goat that just know what’s going on and refuse to let me catch them.  Then it takes way too long before they get trimmed.

Betty Lou

I feel really bad because I cut Wanda’s toe.

Wanda

She had to wear a gauze and duct tape bandage.  You can still see where I cut it, but it is healing. I hate when I do that. 😦

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that we now have white line disease in the herd.  You know, because everything else isn’t enough of a challenge.  I discovered it in Victoria when I did her hooves this time.

Victoria

It makes the outside of their hoof separate and allows mud to get up in there.

white line disease

It can be really painful.  I clean it out.

Then I keep them trimmed back, but there’s no cure for it.

Sigh… I don’t even want to know what’s next.