Tag Archives: Reva

The Milk Room Door

30 Mar

This door gets a lot of use; I’m in and out between garage goats, milk room, soap room, and barnyard several times.  Some critters make it a bit more difficult than it should be.

Dolly, Haley and Aurora

I get it.  Dolly wants in to eat because I let her in to eat every day.  As hard as the last week’s weather has been on my new kids, it’s been just as hard on my old ones.  Dolly has had a hard time staying warm, so she needs the extra feed.

Dolly

I’ve been feeding Aurora here every day all winter. It’s harder to do now that everyone else has noticed this and I’m not feeding the main herd to distract them.

Haley and Cinnamon both stand here and fight over the little bit of llama feed Aurora drops.  I sometimes have to actually fight Haley to keep her out of the pan. She can spill it or pull it away from Aurora so that she can eat it.

Haley and Cinnamon

Pretezl is usually there; Purl and Perdita are also frequently there begging; Maisie comes over; Pluts gets into the pushing match; all the milking girls think they should go in.  It gets so bad that sometimes I can’t even finish feeding Aurora her feed.

Astra and Perdita

Purl

And when Odie shows up, I just have to go in because it’s going to lead to spitting out all the food I’m trying to feed her (I still have a clump of spit on the garage wall from a previous spitting match).  And I don’t want to get caught in the middle of the spit-fest.

Odie

I get why else Haley and Cinnamon are there. They are retired milking girls; sometimes I do let them in for a bit of extra feed.  Sometimes, Haley is standing there and when I come out with my meds for her and Bambi.

Sometimes, I have to go hunt them down.

Bambi

Bambi has never been so sweet as since I’ve started giving her the meloxicam.

Haley will come on the run for her meds.

Haley

Then, when all the action at the milk room has settled down, I’m letting Reva in.  The weather has been really hard on her.

Reva

She doesn’t have the strength to fight through other goats to get the hay I’ve fed during the rain.  When it’s not raining, I can spread it out to make sure everyone gets some, but it’s hard to do when I’m confined to the buildings.

Spring Care

24 Mar

Spring means it’s time to catch up on hoof care.

freshly trimmed hooves

Everyone looked really good going into winter with the exception of Reva.  I think her hoof was messed up because of the copper deficiency.  I know I blame everything on copper, but even the bag of goat feed says it has copper for fur and hoof health.  She was one of the first ones I got in, and with the soft soggy ground, it. made it easy to trim, and it actually trimmed up better than it’s looked in months.  That is good.  Good feet will put less stress on her swollen knees.

Reva

I also have to do my Sam girls.  For some reason his girls all seem to have hooves that grow twice as fast as everyone else.

Cutie

At least they are my milking girls, so they are easy to get in and work on.

Astra

I also made sure to get Haley done right away because of her ankle issues.

Haley

I swear, I have way too many goats with special needs.  As we have warm weather, I can keep going until I have everyone done.

Pretzel, Rosie, and Cinnamon (Reva behind)

Then it will be time to start over again!

It Could Be a Rough Year

17 Feb

In 2020, I lost way too many goats. Last year, I only lost four.  This year could be another rough one between age and copper.

Cinnamon is starting to look old.

I have already shared that I’m still not certain Flower will make it through the winter.

Flower has been pigging out on the sweet lick tub.

Coral and Victoria both went in for a bit of extra care this winter.  They are holding their own, but they have both dropped weight.  I do hope they can recover.  Spring might be a great help for these two; spring will be a big help for most of them.

Victoria

I also have several others that I’m not sure will be with me through the year.  Reva dropped a lot of weight last fall; copper helped, and she’s holding her own.  But she has bad feet that I think was caused by the copper deficiency.  I’m trying to help her, but I’m not sure how long I can keep her comfortable and happy.

Reva

Joani really has started dropping weight also, but she’s hanging in there.

Joani

Hilda is starting to show her age.  She is the oldest girl I bred, and this will be her last time.

Hilda with daughter Purl

Bambi is the same age as Flower, but she’s still looking pretty good.  But when you’re twelve, you’re on the list of possibles.

Bambi

Same with Dolly.  She looks great for her age.  Actually, she looks great for any age.  But she is going to be fourteen in June.

Dolly

Myson is also showing his age.  He’s had a couple of episodes where he may have had bladder stones but got them passed.  I hope he hangs in there.

Myson

I just have so many old goats, and the copper is still an issue.  I’m not sure some of my old ones will ever get caught up.  I just hope the young ones continue to improve.