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A Tragic Heroine

4 Nov

Antigone.  You should never name a goat after a tragic heroine.  (Warning: bloody pictures below, but she is doing well now.)

Antigone

Saturday, Antigone had her head through the fence and saw the dog, which caused her to panic.  She yanked her head back, and the sheath came off her short horn.  I tried to bandage it.  I held her. I sat on her.  I did everything but hog tie her.  Antigone was covered in blood; I was covered in blood; the milk room was covered in blood. Finally, I gave up and called the vet.  He did manage to get the blood stop powder on and a good thick padded bandage.

It wasn’t too long before the swelling got worse, and she was starting to struggle breathing, so I cut through most of the wrap.  That seemed to help.  I had just enough wrap left to go loosely around her chin again.

After I was sure she was done bleeding, I shut her in the Love Shack with her maa, Pistol, for company.

They get to stay there until I’m comfortable taking the bandage off and the rain is done.  Since they have hay and nobody to be cranky with them, it’s a pretty posh place to wait out the rain.

Antigone and Pistol shortly before the accident

This morning, when I went out for my second check, her breathing seemed a bit restricted again, so I caught her and cut through the last bit that the vet had put on.  I tried to refasten my last little bit of the self-sticking wrap, but I wasn’t too sure it would stay.  I added a bit of tape, and she seems to be doing okay now.

My mom is going to come check her tomorrow while I’m at work.  The rain has stopped this afternoon, so I did let her and Pistol come outside, but they are staying locked in the Love Shack and it’s pen because it’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow too.

This little girl better get past the tragedy stuff, because she’s supposed to be my happily-ever-after girl.  The vet did say to trim it up and cauterize it so that it didn’t grow back like that, it would have to dry up and heal first.  I’ll probably see if we can do that so she doesn’t injure it this badly again.  Her good horn even feels weak compared to most goat horns.  I’m guessing, as weak as she was when she was born the weakness might be an effect of the copper deficiency (it can cause weak/easily broken bones).

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Zeus and Hera

17 Jul

Zeus and Hera have not had their heads stuck in the fence since I put their little apparati (what is the plural of apparatus) on their horns.

Hera and Zeus

I was a bit worried when Zeus removed his last Thursday evening, but so far he hasn’t gotten stuck.

Zeus

I keep thinking I should take Hera’s off and see how she does without it.

Hera

Especially since she was using it to try and bulldoze through the younger kids.

Aphrodite and Hera

Maybe I’ll wait a couple more days…

A Bad Day for Horns

20 Jun

I usually like the fact that my goats have horns.  They help them regulate body temperature; they make good handles; they usually don’t cause problems.  But one day, Cutie’s horns all of a sudden got too long for her to get them back out of  the fence.

Cutie Pie Goodberry

Luckily, it only takes a time or two of getting stuck to figure out not to do this again.  It’s hot.  Day two of getting her horns stuck (on Saturday) left me thinking I was going to have a heart attack trying to run down the hill, across the bottom and then up the hill again to get to her.  Once I got her out, we headed back to join the rest of the herd.

I still hadn’t recovered by the time we got across the ditch to join them.  I am way too old for this stuff.

Then I noticed a white lump on the other side of a stump.  As I got closer, I got more and more scared.  Then I saw it was Antigone with her head shoved into a tree stump.  I panicked.  I thought she was dead.  I pulled her out, but as I pulled, she jumped to life (I’m sure I scared her since she couldn’t see me coming.).

That was not a good thing because she raised her head, and I hurt her horn.

We almost pulled her horn off.  That means I had to call Dr. Aimee because I couldn’t figure out how to bandage it and keep the horn stable to prevent it from bleeding every time she moved.

The vet removed her horn and used some blood stop powder and bandaged her.

By the time I got back from the vet’s office (picking up a tetanus vaccine), she had swelled enough that she was having a hard time breathing, so I unwrapped half her bandage.  She also got a good pain killer.

I got her mom, and she and Pistol spent the night in the garage.

In the morning, I took off the rest of the bandage and sprayed her with screw worm bomb to prevent maggots.

They still got to spend the day in the garage (it has air conditioning).

She’s doing much better now; although I still feel guilty.

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