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An Ideal Summer Weight

18 May

I am so pleased with how Tony is doing.

Tony Llama

If I can catch him up by the building alone, I’ll invite him in to eat llama feed.

Did you say snack?

He sometimes eats it all; other days, it’s just a light snack.

I do think he’s back to an ideal summer weight.

You have to feel their backbone to judge a llama’s weight.

For the record, he weighs a lot more than he did last October when the first idiot vet from ISU said he was at an ideal summer weight. I might still have some hostilities to work through with how Tony and I were treated.

I wouldn’t even be upset if he kept gaining to become overweight again.  I’ll take an overweight animal to a skinny one any day.

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Buster

20 Apr

Some days I want to quit.  I work so hard to keep my animals happy and healthy, and it seems like everything just works against me.  I hate feeling so helpless.

Buster

I finally got Aurora to a point where she was healthy enough to go back out, and then it was Tony.

Aurora

Now he’s healthy enough to go back out, but now it’s Buster.

Tony and Pluto

I’ve wondered for about three weeks if he was sick, but I couldn’t pinpoint anything, and I told myself I can’t really be so unlucky to have another llama with ulcers.  The symptoms are so subtle.  There’s weight loss, which is hard to tell on a llama sometimes.  All three of the llamas with the main herd lost some weight over the winter because it was a horrible winter.  I finally have all the llamas so I can feel them and check their weight whenever I walk past them, but it’s hard this time of year because they spend so much time out in pasture.

Buster

Another symptom is for them to lie down more than they should, and I did notice him lying by the fence, but I told myself he wanted to be back with Aurora because they are bonded and the other two are snooty towards him.

Aurora and Buster

One day last week, I didn’t see Buster with the other two girls on the bottom, so I walked the whole thing looking for him, and when I got back to the barnyard, he was just standing in the barn with them. I caught him and he was a little bit thinner, but I couldn’t check anything else because he decided he was having none of it and pushed through me.  I couldn’t hold him.  He was strong and fiesty and acting fine.

Odie and Buster

Then on Thursday, he came back up to the barn, but he was ribby thin.  He was weak and unsteady on his feet.  I checked his eyes, and he was completely anemic.  I wormed him, and built a pen around him in the barn, so I could make sure he had food and water, but he wasn’t eating.

Buster

He died the next day.  I can only assume it was either worms or a bleeding ulcer (which is my true suspicion in hindsight).  He went so quickly.  I feel horrible, and I am so frustrated because they are hard to tell when they don’t feel well and there’s nothing I can do really to prevent it.  It’s primarily stress, but the crazy up and down temperatures are enough to stress them enough to give them ulcers.

Health Updates

3 Apr

I tell you, for a while I was treating so many goats and chickens and llamas and me and taking care of the cat with cancer that I’m not sure how I kept it all straight.  Here’s some updates.  Gouda’s eye is much better.  He’s off meds and hot packs and it continues to improve.  Thank heavens.

Gouda’s eye is doing much better

I’m not sure I even mentioned that Haley ended up with a uterine infection, but she’s through her course of antibiotics.  I think getting healthy has helped her milk production too.  She’s still a bit thin, and we’re still giving her kids bottles, but everyone is doing well and better.

Haley

Same with Blaze.  She is still struggling to feed her boys after the mastitis, but everyone was healing and we are helping feed the boys, so it’s all good.

Blaze and twins (Bandit and Trooper)

We’re actually helping lots of goats with feeding because of the copper, but so far, all the kids seem to be healthy and not showing signs of copper deficiency.  Please, please, please let that continue.

Mary feeding Tootles (and Bubbles on the other side)

Clover is still really anemic from the copper deficiency and pregnancy, as are Bonnie and now Blaze.  I am trying to baby them.  Heck, I’m trying to baby all my moms.  They’ve had copper (as everyone in the whole herd has) and the three with bottle jaw have been wormed.  I just don’t know what more I can do.  For Bonnie and Blaze it’s a balance between their needs and the kids.  I can’t wean at three weeks old.  It’s very frustrating because I was so optimistic that the copper capsules would help them.  I’m sure it has, but it just isn’t enough.

Clover

In addition to everyone’s copper capsules, Lily and Harley are still on the meds for their arthritis and back injury.  Lily is really slowing down, but she’s hanging in there for now.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since she’s 12 1/2 years old.

Lily (scratching out the winter fur)

Harley scares the daylights out of me because she doesn’t seem to know she is disabled, and she races around with the yearling does like she’s a kid.  It really worries me because she sometimes falls, but she gets up.  She’s happy, and I know she doesn’t want to be penned by herself for the remainder of her life.  She’s having fun, and I’m going to let her enjoy herself no matter what.

Harley

I am going to be letting Tony out of the garage soon.  He has really been putting weight on since the weather has warmed up, and he’s still eating like crazy. This boy goes through two or three quarts of llama feed and a whole lot of alfalfa every day.

Tony Llama

Mama Phoenix is still hanging in there.  We’re still just waiting for her second foot to fall off.  Snickers is still hanging in there too.  This month he turns sixteen, and seven of those years have been lived with mouth cancer.  He has absolutely no manners anymore, but I just can’t yell at him.  Okay, I still yell at him to get down, but he just ignores me.

He’s pretty much just a really old kitten.

Old herds are really a lot of work.