Tag Archives: Pistol

Penned!

20 Jul

Before today’s post:  If you saw the news of Iowa’s tornado outbreak yesterday, I just want to share that, while Marshalltown is where I teach, none of the severe weather impacted the farm here.  All of the animals and I are safe.

I have Harley and her four three and a spare up north yet.  And you’ll never see good pictures of those four kids because they swarm me looking for a bottle every time I come in there.  It’s starting to be a challenge to feed the four of them at the same time.

Eve, Enkidu, Horus, Gilgamesh and Harley

I finally caught Antigone and threw her up there with Harley too.  I swear that girl is going to give me gray hair.

Antigone

She gets in with the bucks, and then she can’t get out, but she still won’t let me touch her after the whole horn incident.  Now she’s weaned and not happy, and Pistol isn’t happy either, but I can’t catch the little snot.  She’s making it hard for me to be able to keep her.  I really want not to have goats that I can’t work with.

Antigone and Pistol

I also have Gidget shut in the Love Shack because she must have stepped on something.  Anyhow, she had a cut on her foot and was hobbling on three feet.

Gidget

She also had two kids as big as her still trying to nurse.  They are not happy to be getting weaned.

Gidget, Zeus and Hera (without her horn apparatus)

It was really a sympathy lock up.

Although she’s not happy either.  She looks so weird in the picture because she stuck her head through the fence and then decided to pee.  I don’t get it.  And she was not stuck.  She did remove her own head from the panel.

Luckily, her foot is doing better.  I think she’ll get to be released from the Love Shack tomorrow.

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Trying to Avoid Mud

30 Jun

Goats do not like wet or mud.  They are working hard to find ways to get comfortable and stay clean and dry.  Most just pile into the barn.

Penny and Casey

Some have gone over to the greenhouse (if you layer your goats, you can get more into the space).

Cutie, Pistol, Dolly and Astra

Others are more creative.

Hilda

Gidget (her kids Zeus and Hera) and Bonnie

Joani

Bambi and Betty Lou

You’d be amazed how many goats will fit on one picnic table.

Aphrodite, Litha, Zisa, Loki, Reva, and Caroline

When the moms go out to pasture in this horrible wet weather, the kids stay up in the barnyard.

Pluto (Anubis using him as a pillow)

Pandora

So they come out to play!

Freya

Callipoe and Jimmy P

Hopefully, we’ll get to dry up.

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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