Tag Archives: hooves

Trying to Trim Hooves

30 Nov

With all the mud in the barnyard, it makes hoof care really difficult.  They need attention because the hooves are soft and growing, and the white line disease is bad.  With the mud, it allows the mud to get packed up between the hoof wall and the frog.  That means painful feet.  Unfortuantely, it’s really hard to trim feet when they are wet and slick with mud.  It generally means someone gets hurt (usually me) when the hoof shears slip.

Cutie

Still, it has to be done, so I’ve been trying to get them taken care of.  Myson just had his feet trimmed.

Myson

I actually did quite a few last weekend when the weather was nice and it was just a little muddy, not like when I took the pictures yesterday.

Ava was easy to do since she’s one of my milking girls.  I just let her into the milk room.  Wanda was limping, so I made sure to get her done.  Her feet were actually pretty good.  She just had mud stuck up between the toes, so I got that cleaned out for her.

Wanda and Ava

Cinnamon and Litha were similar.

Cinnamon

Reva is another story. I tied her in the barn and it wasn’t even muddy.

Reva (and mom, Litha behind her)

I got her front foot done while wrestling with her because she was being a brat. Then I went to the back foot, and just as I snipped, she kicked.  This time, she’s the one who got hurt.  I think I’d rather it be me that gets cut.  Anyhow,  I bandaged her foot, but the mud and wet weather isn’t letting it heal.  If it still bleeds next time I take the bandage off, she’ll get a sock and plastic boot added to the dressing.

I told her to stand still, but she didn’t believe me.

More Weekend Work

12 Nov

I spent a lot of time on our beautiful Saturday trying to get ready for the cold.  That means I got all the heated tubs of water going before we get down to 8°F (-13.33°C).  I put some of my old ladies up north for a little extra TLC.  Harley, Penny, and Bonnie are all up there now.

Penny

Bonnie is still just not seeming to do well with the copper she got.  I might have to give her another.  You can see the bright red on her face.  Her whole body should be that red.

Bonnie

I’ve also started trying to get everyone’s hooves trimmed.

Maisie

Some of them have suddenly gotten the white line disease.  I’m not happy with that.  Poor babies.

Moose

Moose might have been a big baby about getting his feet done.

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…