Haven’t posted in a while since I’ve been off work on maternity leave, but I am back, and have some down time as usual, so here is what has been going on.
1. I had a baby. Cora Mae was born at 2:15pm, on 9/29/2012 weighing 6lbs 9 oz. She now weighs about 9, the little porker. She started smiling at 3 weeks, and started laughing at 5. She is happy pretty much all the time, unless she REALLY wants something, or it is between 9:30pm and 10:00pm and she is
She is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I couldn’t imagine life without her.
2. Fern went down. In october I noticed she was a little wobbly on her feet, which I stupidly attributed to her being later on in pregnancy. But she got worse and worse. She would avoid getting too close to the other goats in case they would bump her and knock her over. Well, about a week ago, I just stepped outside, looked over and witnessed her go down. She was down for about 45 minutes, so I went over and helped her up. SHe fell again. This time I waited till my husband got home, and we helped her up. She went into the goat shed, and fell one last time. She has been down since. So we moved her into a shed all her own. it has a window we can open for some ventilation, and its where we store all of our grain/straw too.
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I went on the forum: http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/goats/, and they said calcium deficiency. So we got some CMPK (Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium) and mixed that with some molasses water, and gaver her 3 Tums about 4 times a day. The more we read, and the more we did reseach, the more it didn’t seem like that was the entire problem. But the more we read, the more things it could have been. So we tried more stuff. Thiamine deficiency. So we bought Vitamin B Complex and are giving that to her two times daily. Then she started getting some snot, so we started a precautionary regimen of Penicillin. Then, one of the geniuses on the forum suggested Toxemia/Ketosis, and voila! I think we have our answer. I called a vet and she suggested honey four times a day. This makes perfect sense. Fern, a normally fairly lean goat, is at the low end of the pecking order, so she wasn’t getting as much food as the other does, and therefore wasn’t getting enough food. Plus, it is more common in pregnancies with large and/or multiple fetuses. The body uses up all of its fat as nutrients for the kids, and eventually runs out, and starts eating away at muscle mass, causing ketones to be released into the blood. Hence Ketosis. Thats why we need to give her honey. To get her that sugar, carbs, and energy she needs to metabolize correctly to make it through this pregnancy. Good news is, she is trying to get better. She keeps trying to stand, but her backend doesn’t want to work. So every day, Brendon and I give her some of our time, and we do our best to get her to stand on her own or atleast bear weight for a few minutes. I am keeping everyone updated on the forum, and hoping against hope that Fern makes it.
3. Saturday we picked up our newest addition: Rocky, the Jersey steer. Yes we don’t really have the money for a cow right now, but Brendon’s mother is essentially paying for all associated costs.