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Goats&moregoats: KickinUpDust Farm Journal

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by goats&moregoats, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Apr 15, 2018
    Bruce

    Bruce Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Nice looking g-kids there Goats. With regard to the "briefs", it is too bad there are no Nixon like tapes from a fly on the wall. People are sure willing to skip over facts that don't support their position.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2018
    goats&moregoats

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    So the Rio saga continues, this boy has me a little confusedo_O. He ate today but not until about noon and after I brought him inside. He was shivering so I thought he was cold. About 20 minutes in the house and he drank down 18 oz. that was it. I waited about 20 more minutes and tried again, absolutely refused. Took him back to the barn. Added a piece of plywood to the barn to give them a little penned in area with their bedding to see if that helped with warmth. Tonight at feeding time he was not hungry yet, but more active. Still eating some hay & pellets. I just don't understand why he isn't eating the amounts the other two are. He is the biggest one but only 3 weeks this past Friday. This is crazier than doe code! I will have to slip out later and try to offer him some, which will have the other two going crazy because they will think they need more, but both of them take 30 oz each feeding now. So they will be set until morning.

    Everything is covered with ice here with more to come and high winds. Ice and high winds never make a good combination. My middle DD came over with her youngest today(3) and visited most of the day. Lillith(3) loved helping with the baby goats. She kept calling Rio, Coco and said they were cows:). She absolutely adored Storm.

    Have to wait for this ice to clear off to work on the main pasture fence. I don't need to be slipping off my feet just yet. If Spring doesn't get here soon I will have to stock up on hay for summer feeding:eek:

    Ginger and Sage come to the gate now when I go out. Sage actually ate out of the feed dish while I was holding it this morning. Guess they done figured out where their food supply comes from:D. Will get more pictures when this freeze lets up. Right now it's feed the babies, feed the older ladies and get back in the house for hot coffee.

    Not a great picture, but it is Rio drinking his bottle and Lillith helping with the "baby cow"
    Rio1.jpg Rio2.jpg
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2018
    Bruce

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    Cows huh, must be a city girl ;) I hope Rio stops messing with you and settles down for proper amounts of food.

    Interesting you are iced over. We ended up with < 3" of snow and a little bit of freezing rain. During the day it was just warm enough to slide some of the snow off the metal roof. Wump. We have potential for sleet and freezing rain overnight though and the winds are supposed to gust between 30 and 40 from 3 AM to 3 PM.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2018
    goats&moregoats

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    Thankfully we did not get the high winds they thought we would. We did get more freezing rain and additional layer of ice on everything.
    Rio would not take anymore milk last night and only one 10oz bottle this am. He isn't demanding about getting his bottle either. Takes a good 20 minutes for him to indicate he even is interested. Then once he had the 10 oz, he showed no interest again. I will go out about noon to see if he will take any. Maybe it's me but I just don't see how he will make it on such a small amount. He was very active this morning and curious as goats should be. He is definitely peeing & pooping. I just don't understand. Milk is nice and hot, but not to hot, he latches on great....could he be as big as he is and have a small stomach? Could he be eating more hay & grain then I think he is? I just don't know. i do know he is a very strong "little" guy and he is bigger than the 4 week old. They banned him the day I picked him up and he was suppose to be 2 weeks then. Are their testicles usually dropped enough at two weeks? His definitely were there and able to be banded with no problem. He didn't even make a sound when it was done. I am just wondering if the lady got him confused with another and he is older than she said, but then wouldn't he require more milk? Am I worrying to much?

    Nutmeg and Winchester had their fill at 30 oz again. They demand their bottles as soon as I walk in.

    So here are some pictures from yesterday and this morning.
    Last night: IMG_20180415_085253.jpg IMG_20180415_085308.jpg IMG_20180415_085326.jpg IMG_20180415_085336.jpg
    Winchester Nutmeg & Rio Rio Nutmeg

    This morning:
    IMG_20180416_074630.jpg IMG_20180416_074734.jpg IMG_20180416_081557.jpg IMG_20180416_081601.jpg
    Winchester & Nutmeg Rio All three Rio & Winchester

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    All three Sage & Ginger eating their pellets.
     
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  5. Apr 16, 2018
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    I read somewhere about putting some plain yogurt with active cultures in a bottle to encourage gut health and digestion. Maybe he needs a little umph of this good bacteria??

    Grasping at straws to figure out how to help...
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2018
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    :idunno If he's acting normal, and is active, and is eating grain and hay, and seems to be growing, not falling behind the others, I'd say, just be watchful. He must be either extremely thrifty (more goats should be), or is older than expected and getting nourishment from the hay and grain. There isn't any doe he could be stealing drinks from...:hu
     
  7. Apr 16, 2018
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    No the two does I have are dry and in a total separate area that the kids can't get to.
     
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    Happy dance:weeeRio down 2 10 oz bottles at feeding time without hesitation. I was supper pleased. Now let's hope for a repeat or three tomorrow. Also check fence and guess what...Yes up to full power! Friggin awesome! If the weather straightens out and warms up I can get that main barn hauled out

    Another happy dance:weeePT was awesome today. 114 degrees in flexibility. Doctor was shooting for 110. My physical therapist and I are shooting for 120. Other thing i need to work on is strengthening a muscle that operates motion like marching. It has become very weak during my recovery time. I can only lift my foot about 2 1/2 inches off the ground that way. We started working on that today. She gave me two new exercises to do at home.

    on that note I am off to watch some TV with my better half.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2018
    Bruce

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    Goats that is great!!
     
  10. Apr 17, 2018
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    ....and the happy dance continues:weee. Rio drank 3 10 oz bottles this morning with only a slight pause between 2 and three. Happier goat and happier goat momma(me). A little pellets, fresh hay & water.

    Sage let me touch her side today while she ate her pellets. Ginger pause to sniff my gloved hand. At least she stay put and didn't run off:). I would like them to be used to being touched a bit (along with the things I mentioned previously) before turning them out into the bigger pasture. Fresh hay & water and they are good until this afternoon.

    Warmer weather moving back in. Warmer being in the 40's in the afternoon. Hey I can work with that:thumbsup. Now off to see what great things I can accomplish today.