He loves a good scratch between the horns. But horns, argh... I noticed some blood on his rear leg yesterday, so the vet came today to take a look at what I thought was a small boo-boo up near his scrotum (or the remains thereof - he was neutered in December!) Turns out he has a nasty gash about 4" long, courtesy of (no doubt) Geoff's horn (that's Geoff behind him in this picture.) He was being very stoic and I didn't realize there was a serious issue! The wound is deep, but fortunately the gash stopped a centimetre or two shy of the muscle layer.
So the vet scrubbed the wound clean (which I will be doing twice a day with Chlorhexidine) and gave Kevin a shot of Metacam for pain relief and a shot of some strong antibiotics. If things aren't better by the end of a week, the vet will come back. I also have to make sure everything is very dry after cleaning, so that Kevin doesn't get frostbite outside. Poor Kevin! He's really a very sweet goat, impressive for a buck (well, technically he's a wether now.) He's quite affectionate, easy to lead on a rope, and a very nice boy. He was so good for the vet. Here's hoping he heals up well with no complications!
I mentioned to the vet that Henry the pig needed another hoof trim (his hooves were terribly overgrown when he came and we are working them back.) It was done with sedation last time but the vet has done pot-bellied pigs before and figured we could do this. So we somehow managed to catch Henry (who is big and VERY STRONG!) and I held him sort of in my lap as he screamed non-stop in my ear while the vet gave him a pedicure! For the record, pigs scream when restrained. It's just what they do. Perhaps some pampered house-pet pigs learn not to scream, but I have ten screamers! It's a joy on vaccination day! ;)
As soon as we let go of Henry, he stopped screaming and was perfectly calm, and his hooves are looking better too.
And here is Annabelle looking adorable, as she does...
And this morning's goat-kid video!
I suddenly now have FOUR people helping me with barn chores and they are all amazing! I have really lucked out with this crew, especially since they keep telling me they'd do it for free (but of course we pay them.) After the goat kids arrived and I was bottle-feeding three times a day, I realized how exhausted I was and asked for help. And I hadn't realized how much time we spent on barn chores until other people started doing them! I am hoping to use the time I no longer spend scrubbing buckets and shovelling manure to do some art. I have not worked on a real art project in ages, although I do write a poem a week for my poetry course, and am working on other writing. But I am itching to do some drawings of the goats, and maybe now I will have some time. I feel really fortunate that I have found such great people to help out. They all love animals and are so kind to ours! This is freeing up a good four hours a day of our time, PLUS one of them is working with Finney to break him to ride, which is so much fun.
Please think good thoughts for Kevin, and for Alex the cat who had half his thyroid removed last week (no pathology results yet!) Truly there is never a dull moment around here, but I would not trade it for anything.
Poor Alex... I found an odd lump on his neck this week, and he's lost a bit of weight, so Gordon took him to the vet last night. Today they took the lump out and sent it off to pathology. The vet said the lump was basically half his thyroid, enlarged. So, it may be cancer, and he may be hyperthyroid, They are keeping him in tonight to make sure his calcium levels are okay and he should be able to come home tomorrow.
Gordon said he was pretty relaxed and mellow tonight. Here's hoping it's not cancer and he'll be okay. We adopted Alex from the OSPCA in 2007. He'd been found in a leghold trap six weeks earlier. They amputate his hind leg and put him up for adoption. We went into the shelter that September to look at dogs, and came home with a cat instead! :)
First off, it was my birthday last weekend and LOOK what my friend Ronna made for me this year!!!!
LOOK!! There's Mama Penny with her triplets! There's Saul cuddling up with his buddy Emerson and the two ponies! There's Tristan quietly watching everyone. There's Keaton up in the loft with the chickens!
I am so lucky to have a talented, kind friend like Ronna. She has made me several beautiful cakes oer the years. Check out Ronna's Cakebook on Facebook, and her blog!
After my birthday supper, we went down to the barn to feed babies!
Ronna is feeding Annabelle in this photo.
I think she enjoyed it quite a bit!
The kids are growing like WEEDS. This was the day they were born, January 9th!
They just keep getting bigger and bigger! Luc is so cute.
Annabelle was nibbling on my ear when I took this!
They are starting to eat some hay and cattle starter feed now.
They have grown since this picture was taken a few days back.
Gordon says the only thing better than one goat on your lap... (look at Keaton's bat-ears front and centre at the bottom of the pic!)
... is two, or perhaps three!
Here is my little Rosie...
She likes playing with the lead ropes hanging in the box stall area.
She is doing very well, especially considering she nearly died the day after she was born. She gets the least of mama's milk of any of the siblings, and now she runs to me at feeding time instead of Penny. And now when I come down the barn steps, she starts screaming for me as soon as she hears me! It's pretty cute.
The cats and goat kids are all very interested in each other...
Buttercup isn't too sure about Luc and Annabelle watching her!
Annabelle sampling hay
Don't worry, the cats aren't being neglected...
...although Buttercup wasn't too thrilled about Keaton sharing my lap!
Keaton usually has a lot to say!
My friend Peggy brought this big teddy bear for Henry the pig to snuggle up to, but Pip is rather fond of it!
Speaking of my little angel Rosie! <3 p="">
There's maamaa, chowing down!
Somebody pointed out that Finney's forelock looks a bit like the hair of a certain, ahem, US presidential hopeful!
Me and Saul, the sweetest donkey in the universe!
And in the house...
...Annuk and Honey both want to use my Powerbook as a bed, which might be nice for them but isn't so great for my computer!
And here's a nice shot of my horse Roo that my friend took last weekend...
I have finally broken down and hired more help for around the farm. Now that I have four different FABULOUS people coming during the week to do chores, I realize just how much time I was spending doing chores!!! It's given me time to work on other stuff, like a Facebook page for our farm which we have now christened Bee Meadow Farm. We'd like eventually to get charitable status for some kind of educational endeavour related to the animals. This year, I would like to continue with some visits from kids and seniors. I had fun doing that last year!
I put our mission statement on the FB page, and it reads like this:
To inspire compassion for animals as well as educate people on the humane treatment of all animals, while providing a loving home for our own menagerie of rescues!
And now I am off to bed with a warm cat or three. Hope you are all having a good week!
Never did I imagine that having farm animals involved so many medications and injections!! I have a whole drawer of my downstairs bathroom now devoted to syringes, needles and animal drugs! Plus there's penicillin in my fridge, and I mean in an actual bottle, not growing on some old lemon Gordon forgot about!!!
I have needles in many gauges (and actually know which to use for what) and syringes from 3 cc to 20 cc.
The, er, lubricant was bought just in case I had to "go in" during goat kidding! Fortunately I haven't had to use it yet.
I needed to deworm the pigs (a bit late, I meant to do it right after things finally froze in December!) with Safeguard, which comes in liquid oral form. So I had this brainstorm at the grocery store..
I figured I'd inject mini carrot muffins with the proper dosage and give one muffin to each pig. They really shouldn't have sugary treats but these are so small, I figured they'd be okay (and they did have actual carrots in the ingredients!)
As an aside, half our grocery cart every week seems to be filled with fruit and veg for the farm animals! And that tricolour pasta is a pig treat. I stuff Kong treat dispensers with it. Keeps 'em amused in winter! The ducks love the kale but so do I.
So tonight every pig got a muffin laced with dewormer. It was easy for me to keep track of who got what, and it worked like a charm. Ha!
Meanwhile in my office...
... the cat presence was very heavy! Honey and Annuk snuggling in my chair...
...Daisy and Mootie in a bed under my new desk! I just had my entire office redone, including the floors. Got toss all the IKEA furniture I'd had for 11 years that was falling to pieces, woo hoo.
And outside, it's time for...
...a donkey felfie with Saul...
...and a pony felfie with Finney!
Everyone got a hoof trim last week. I think Esme's hooves are looking particularly nice. She's had many bouts of laminitis over the years and we are really trying to prevent it from happening again.
Saul wants to know who the real ass is in this picture! But these two are good buddies who play together. They are both four years old now.
I love this guy to bits!
So, if you decide to deworm your pigs and use my patented mini-carrot-muffin method, let me know how it goes! :)