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A Day on the Farm

Posted by Fluffy on August 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM

The little goat made it through the night, but she has a long way to go to recovery. She is paralyzed on her lower jaw, likely blind in the right eye and her right ear droops. That whole side of her face is out of commission. She got another set of shots this morning and electrolyte solution, then later milk replacer. When I went to give her the night bottle, her tummy was very full. Perhaps she is able to nurse from her mother? She is very thirsty and seeks water but cannot drink because of her jaw. I think her tonue only half moves as well, but she can swallow. It is a 10 day recovery from listeriosis and only 30% survive. 

Let's see...we had chickens in the dog house which is now the cat house. The kittens found the basket I installed in the tree to keep them away from the dogs. The sick little goat was happier with her herd, though she cannot play. I finished a goat feeder. It is rather crude, but none the less, it will work just fine. I want to get 4 wheels so I can move it around since the sheep do not stay in one pen forever. I will make a smaller version for the goats. Right now it is almost midnight and the coyotes are outside the farm gate to the south. I have two dogs inside, because Robbie would jump the fence. He is only a year old and not vaccinated for rabies, so I would just as soon not have the dogs get into a coyote fight. The rabies shots are 90 dollars per dog here, but I did find one vet who would give me a bit of a break to 70 dollars each for all 5 at once. Still, that is a lot of money, yet, they are the forefront protectors and I am responsible for their health. 

And that is today on the farm. Whew!

Oh, and as usual, the turkeys did not want to go to bed. Silly twits.


Categories: Nigerian Dwarf Goats, The Dogs, Beltsville Small White Turkeys

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