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Under the Weather

10 Oct

When I got home from work Friday, Rosie seemed to be a little off.  I checked her out, and she seemed a bit thin and had a loose stool, but her eyes were good.  I wormed her and promised I’d give her some copper in the morning.  I went out to pasture to check on her Saturday morning, and about got run over by a couple of speeding llamas.

Maybeline and Odie walking at a more lladyllike pace

When I got to the crest of the hill, I saw Rosie was lying by herself–not a good sign.

Rosie

When I got down to her, I could tell she had a hefty fever, so I decided to take my camera back up and then I was going to come carry her up to the barnyard.  However, the goats decided to follow me.

coming up from pasture

While I waited for Rosie to get to the barnyard, I prepped some meds for her.  The poor girl got copper, antibiotics, banamine, and a probiotic.

You can see she’s lost some weight.

Then I shut her in the Love Shack.  She can rest and eat and not run around all over pasture.

Together on opposite sides of the fence.

Poor Rosie isn’t happy, and poor Hilda isn’t happy with both of her kids penned away from her.

Hilda

Hopefully, Rosie responds to the meds, and she’ll perk up and be back with the herd in a couple of days.

Heat

7 Oct

The girls are really starting to come into heat.

Antigone and Flora hanging out by the boys

Xerxes is getting a bit naughty and chasing poor Benji.  Hormones are evil things.

Xerxes, Freddie, and Benji

I did a bit of work on the fence to try and make sure we don’t end up with oopsie babies.

Xerxes and Flora

The boys are unfortunately rubbing their stink off on the girls.

Cinnamon with buck stink all over her face.

I also fixed the fence around the Love Shack.

I’ll have to put Frodo and Lemuel in there while we are breeding for spring break babies.

Lemuel and Frodo

It will just be a couple of weeks until I have to mix them.

Thunder and Lightning

23 Jun

This has just been a crazy June kidding season.  The morning after Moira had her little Pretzel, Sidney went crazy.  I still had her in the Love Shack, and she was screaming her head off. I went out to see what was wrong with her, and she took off running from me crashing into a corner of a panel cutting herself.  I tried to give her space, but she was still constantly yelling.

Sidney

Then when the rest of the herd went out to pasture, she decided she had to escape.  That means she put her head through the panels.  The fourth time she got her head stuck in a half an hour, I put her in the pen I had made in the Love Shack for Moira and let Moira into the rest of the building and outdoor pen.  That didn’t do much to calm her down.  She yelled, she pawed, she was just a lunatic.

This went on all day.  Finally, late in the afternoon, we had some rain come through, and she settled down a little.  Sometimes, those weather fronts really mess with them when they are pregnant, so I thought maybe she wasn’t in labor and it was just weather.

She continued to settle down, and she actually looked calm and relaxed when I checked her about 6:00.  She was just resting and chewing her cud.  When I went back out around 7:00 during a thundershower, she had two kids with her.

Sidney has two little boys: Thunder and Lightning.

Lightning

Thunder

In the continuing of the drama, when I found her, she was still having contractions.  She would lie down and then not push.  I didn’t know if she had a third one that she was having a hard time having or what. I left her for a while and came back to find nothing.  She had another contraction, but there was no placenta and no new kid.  She would not let me check her because she’d been crazy all day.  So I called the vet.  Dr. Aimee came out and announced there was not another kid.  When she was pulling her hand back out, she ended up pulling out the placenta that was all wadded up right there but not coming out.  How weird, but it did explain her behavior.  So lots of drama, but everyone is doing well.

Sidney with Thunder (Lightning is curled up behind her).

I hope the last two girls are way less dramatic than the rest of these June girls (Zinnia being the exception).