Monday, February 25, 2013

Just really discouraged right now.

The vet came after lunch today. He has helped me before. I like him. But today, for some reason, I felt like he really didn't know much. We saw Darla first. She's up front in a stall. He went in and felt her. She's a really big ewe. Part Suffolk and Finn. And her wool is at least 8" long right now, so that makes her look bigger. She is probably just skin, bones and wool. Bet she's always the first one to the feed bowls and pushes everyone else out of the way so she gets the most feed. He took her temp. 103. He gave her a shot of Dexamethasone, for pain and is supposed to make her hungry. They got a fecal too, to check for worms. He also said that where there are chickens there is Cocidiosis. I have 4 hens and a roo. They are all over the place. Gracie just had her lambs in the chicken coop, where there is a lot of chicken poop. (And now Gracie is not eating tonight.) I will be getting a bottle of that Dex from the vet.

Then off to see Abby and Zarah out back in the goat barn. First Abby. He took her temp. 97.9. way too cold. He drew blood for blood work. (He called later and her red blood cell count was 16. It would have been way lower but I've been giving her Red Cell.) Also gave her a shot of Dex. I did put a heat lamp on her and wind proofed some more. It's warm in her stall now. Just went out there to check on her. She was up eating hay. She also ate some grain with alfalfa pellets. She also ate an apple and 3 slices of wheat bread this afternoon.

Next was Zarah. He took a fecal from her and also gave her a shot of Dex. He called with her results and said she was loaded with worms. As was Darla. So I am guessing ALL the sheep and goats are loaded with worms now.He also said she has Cocidia. Hmm. He asked me if they got medicated feed. I said no. These are milk goats. We drink the milk. He said they need medicated feed. That this is an on going thing and that would be the best treatment for them. I will check around and see what the bags say about contaminating the milk.

When we were in with Darla, he asked me why I have sheep. It kind of took me by surprise. I couldn't really come up with a great answer then, other than I like them. And I like lamb meat. And I sell it. And I have wool sheep for wool. But it made me think. Why do I have sheep? Why do I have goats? I do ask myself that a lot when I am so busy with them that I don't have time for anything else. Or I can't go anywhere because I have to milk twice a day. Or they all start hollering as soon as I walk out the door. Or they get out and I have to chase them all over the yard. Or they get out and I can't find them. I really don't know why I have these animals. Sometimes I want to leave them all and run away. But then I go out there and sit with them. The sheep just make me happy. They calm me. They talk to me. They can be a little pushy when they are scared. But I think they trust me. They come running when I call them. They follow me. We have a routine. They know me. And I think they like me.

The goats are crazy. They drive me crazy. They do things that make me mad. A lot. I cuss at them sometimes. Yes I do. They are crazy neurotic animals. Totally opposite of the sheep. But I love them too. When they are all fed and milked and happy, then I can go in there and talk to them and pet them and love on them. And they let me. Except Zarah. I have no idea what I have done to that goat, but she will not let me get too close to her. But when she was in labor, she let me rub her back and belly. I was there to pull her big buck kid out for her. But now I have to give her shots and shove big ole syringes full of icky stuff down her throat.  We'll be ok though.

So yeah, he made me think. And sometimes I really couldn't tell you why I have sheep. Or goats. Or cats and dogs. Or even chickens. Because sometimes it's not fun. Or easy. Sometimes I really don't like any of them. But then I go out there and pick up a beautiful little goat kid or lamb. And the momma comes over looking for them and licks their little face. That right there makes it ALL worth it.


Sandra said...

Sorry to hear your having problems with your animals.
It can be frustrating and overwhelming when they get sick.
I hope now that you know what you are dealing with things will get better for you.
Take Care

Kristin said...

Oh Kris, I'm so sorry for all the trouble you're having. I know the feeling- wondering why we bother. I was on vacation for a few days and it was so nice not to have animals waiting on me all the time.

Then I got home and got to pour goat milk over my cereal. Goat milk that had been waiting on me a few days so that thick cream had risen to the top and at heavy on my mini wheats.

And I got to pet my stinky, muddy puppy. And he was so happy to see me he couldn't contain himself.

I guess that's why we do it.

Kris said...

I just sold Abby's 2 buck kids!!! Some people from Fla. were going back home today and called. They just left with the boys! I feel like a weight's been lifted off my shoulders. I know Abby will get better now.

And someone else wants Phoebe, Penelope's lone doeling. She lives in Macon, Ga. Wants to come up Sunday. And could possibly get Zarah's little buckling too.

So things are looking a little better here right now.

Kris said...

Kristin, it's good to go away but so nice to get back home. I hope you had a good time.

Triple K Farm said...

I know how you are feeling...I have been tied down to my bottle lambs & getting up out of my nice warm bed to feed them in the middle of the night.I am exhausted
, but then they do bring me such joy!

Linda said...

I was thinking as I read your post, I know that feeling. Although it has been a long time since I have had a lot of different farm animals. I think these feelings happen. There are ups and downs with a farm and the care the animals require. So, I am trying to say I feel for you and I understand.

Have you ever tried Molly's Herbal Wormer. It is suppose to work for Cocidiosis too. Of course I don't have sheep and sheep can't tolerate much copper, but copper might help the goats... just a thought.

Kris said...

Sheep are all doing great right now! Fiona just had hers early this morning. 2 ewe lambs! I know it'll all be better soon and the sun will shine again and we'll all be warm.