Tag Archives: Snickers

Special Needs

26 May

I tell ya, all these critters with their special needs are killing me. I still have Harley shut in.  I do think she’s getting stronger.  This leaves me a little more optimistic for her prognosis once we get babies safely here.  Yes.  She’s half naked from the copper deficiency damaging her fur and then pouring for lice making it worse.  Poor girl.

Harley

I just wish she would quit standing up on the fence.  It really makes me nervous. I mean really, really nervous.

When I was carrying Harley’s hay to her, Aurora saw it, and she seemed to think she’d like to just stand around and eat.  That would be good to help her gain weight, so I let her in to eat with Harley.

I just couldn’t leave her in there because it’s too small, and I also have goat minerals in there for Harley.  I even checked with the Iowa State vet that saw her before.  Nope.  Aurora can’t have that.  It has too much copper, and it could become toxic to any of the llamas.  That means I have tried to get a place where the goats can go in and eat the minerals and the llamas can’t.

Ava

I didn’t have the opening quite small enough, so I had to wrestle Buster to get him out.  I swear the farm is currently a combination of musical chairs food pans and keep away.

I did have Aurora want hay another day or so later, and she went up north and came back out when she was done eating.  I am going to try to get some llama feed to try and let her eat when she’s up there.  That should help her gain weight too.

I have to have the minerals because the remaining March/April kids are still at risk of suffering the neurological damage from being born with low copper levels.  I’m trying to encourage them to eat.  I swear I can’t figure out all these special things.

Zeus

Then I still have Snickers on his special diet.  I either feed him canned food or egg every day.

It’s been getting harder for Leo to get up on the table to eat his food, so I’ve also set out another bowl where the dog won’t get it, but it’s easier for Leo to get to.

Leo

I also had my little phoenix hen injure her leg, so I have her shut in a pen to heal.  She really is improving.

I’m guessing the injury might have something to do with how big Nugget has grown.

Nugget

Oh.  And I can’t forget to give Harley her meds on a peanut butter cracker.  They are keeping me on my toes!

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Blossoms and Paws

9 May

We have gorgous blossoms right now.  The magnolia has lost it’s flowers with the heavy winds the last couple of days, but it was beautiful!

Now we have plum trees in full bloom.

The cherry tree is lovely.

The crab apple has opened up today.  I need the wind to go down before I can get any better images.

I also wanted to let you know that Snickers did not break his leg.  It appears he was in a fight and got bit because he had a puncture wound on his foot.  He’s had antibiotics and he’s pretty much back to normal.

Snickers

The same time, Sky ended up with a paw injury too.  It’s still a little tender, but he’s doing better, and I’m keeping an eye on it.

Sky

If I were a betting person, I’d guess they both received their injuries from a certain unwelcome visitor.

Scooping the Garage

6 May

As sad as it is that my garage was turned into a barn, I finally got around to starting to scoop out my garage.

I’ve even made more progress since this picture was taken Saturday evening.

I made a lot of progress.  Of course, I can’t do much more until I get rid of the bale.

It’s what I’m feeding Harley, so it will be a while.

Harley

I will say, I’m getting the compost bin filled up.  Hopefully, it settles down so I can keep scooping the other side of the garage and the Love Shack.  Of course, the goats had to check it out.

Caroline, Bonnie, and Annie (from top to bottom)

Some checked it more thoroughly than others.

Caroline

And if I didn’t have one injury from the day, it wouldn’t be normal, so Snickers managed to climb onto the soap room ceiling.  That is exactly why I always try to keep the doors all shut, but that’s hard to do when scooping it out.  He seems to have hurt his foot jumping down.

Snickers resting his foot in a box.

Usually, I end up getting a ladder and helping him down, but he didn’t even meow to let me know he was ready.  That means another vet visit tomorrow.  Sigh…