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Betsy comes home

Betsy’s little boo boos (we call Betsy Boo Boo all the time)

Phew!  Betsy and two live babies have joined us back on the farm.  The vet called yesterday afternoon to say that nothing was happening yet, but could she call us at any time of the night in case we needed to make further decisions.  (That was a bit of a nail-biter to take off to bed).  She also told us that after they give the drugs to induce labor the average time is about 30 hours, so we knew it was possible to be between 10 PM and midnight.

Betsy’s doe is quite a girl!

Midnight came and went, and every time I awoke and checked the clock I thought, awesome Betsy, you hang on for some warmer temperatures!  Anyhow, at 6 AM the vet called and let us know that she had pulled two live kids, one doe and one buck, at 11:30 last night.  They are doing fairly well, although the buckling may have had some ataxia (oxygen depravation), and he was the one they were watching.  But we were free to come and liberate them!

Betsy’s buckling in a food coma. He also has some trouble with his leg coordination right now

And so we toodled to Monmouth and picked up Betsy and kids.  The vets had gotten them started on bottles, with Betsy’s colostrum mixed with milk replacer, because they needed sustenance right away, and also because nursing two kids is not going to be to Betsy’s advantage.  She had gotten very thin in the last few weeks and she needs all her strength for herself, not to put into making milk.  The little doe is very vociferous and takes the bottle well, but the buck wants nothing to do with the bottle.  He just wants mama!  He will be our challenge.  Luckily I planned ahead and milked Eleganza and saved quite a bit of her colostrum, and also a few quarts of her milk.  That will definitely help us along here.

It is so bitterly cold that when we got them home, I relented and borrowed a friend’s heat lamp.  Betsy doesn’t have the resources to keep herself warm enough, let alone the babies.  They are all nestled up together under the lamp tonight, and the buckling must be getting enough to eat because his temperature is over 102.  But as with everything else, we will keep checking and deciding how to proceed.

The weather service claims that the windchill advisory will be over first thing in the morning.  I really hope that is true!  This is inhuman.  I don’t know how folks manage to live in the tundra regions.  Mind-numbing wind is a force to be reckoned with, for sure.  I can’t say that I am looking forward to a foot of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, but if it’s in the high 20s, I will live with it, happily :*)  (I may need to remind myself of this as we are so quick to forget, and everything is relative, right?).

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Disbudding on a beautiful spring afternoon

Dr. Julie Greenlaw
Dr. Julie Greenlaw with our little bucky boy

Today we had another visit from the vet, and it was a beautiful afternoon for it.  Pippi’s two little Mother’s Day kids needed the disbudding treatment.  Their little horns had not sprouted as quickly as the earlier babies’ had, so we have been keeping Dr. Greenlaw posted.  Today was the day, and even then, I wasn’t sure that the little doeling was ready.  We keep tabs on how the horn buds are growing, and hers have been barely perceptible.  In the last few days, however, they did begin to blossom.

And thankfully, both were good candidates.  Dr. Greenlaw’s approach is very calm, and they get an anti-inflammatory shot and a tiny bit of sedation, plus a block around the horn buds.  No struggling and screaming is a good thing for everyone!  Then they get their tetanus anti-toxin shot, and all’s good.  We don’t put them back into the pen with the others until they are alert and ready to roll.  The doeling didn’t take long to come around from the sedation and she screamed in my ear and struggled so hard to get back to mama that I almost lost hold of her.  She is a little tiger in a goat kid’s body, that one.

I will take a walk up to see how they are doing in a little bit, and then I will be able to check off one more milestone in the spring line-up.  Things are greening up nicely now, and I have to admit that as much as I hate the heat, I am ready for it this year!  I think a lot of us are still in shock from the harshness of this past winter.  A little sweat will do us good :*)

Doelings take a ride

Moms transferred into the alternate paddock look quite content

Busy days.  Yesterday we penned all the ewes and lambs first thing and we checked their Famacha scores and wormed them.  You are supposed to do that on an empty stomach so that the wormer takes effect better, so that was our early job.  Then we separated all but one of the mama ewes from the lambs and put them into the other paddock.  And that began the crazed calling and crying that has continued into the day today.  All of these lambs are very past due for weaning, but it wasn’t really convenient for a number of reasons.  The only mom who is staying with her lambs is Esther as she had her babies so much later than the others.  She has not gotten the very best nutrition as I had to cut down on the grain for the other moms.  So she needs to stay with the market lambs and get more grain before she heads down to the field.

Doelings at play on their favorite rock

And then the big trip to the vet’s today with our four doelings.  It was time for their disbudding.  I really hate doing this, but the vet does it very efficiently and they get a shot of Banamine which is an anti-inflammatory so I think they are more comfortable.  They were a little dozy on the way home through the torrential downpours and by the time we got back to the farm they were hopping around in the back of the Subaru and checking things out through the back window.  They got with their mamas right away and within minutes they were out playing on the big rock.  A few more things to check off the list!

Tesser’s teeth

Tesser after surgery, inside John's shirt

Poor Tesser the Chihuahua!  She had to have  her teeth worked on this past Wednesday and was in pretty rough shape when we got her home.  I have only seen her in this condition once, when she had a really bad reaction to a vaccine, but she’s older now and the poor thing suffered!  I don’t think chihuahuas are known for their sterling teeth, and Tesser’s were no exception.  She is the sweetest little dog ever, but come at her with a toothbrush or a nail clipper and you are going to lose your hand.  So we knew it was time to have her teeth scaled and cleaned professionally, but we didn’t realize how bad her mouth really was.

When we picked her up, the vet told us she had had to extract a “few” teeth, and they weren’t complicated extractions.  So she brought Tesser out, and in her hand she had a ziploc baggie, full of tiny Tesser teeth!  10 in all (that we paid for, anyway!).  Yikes!  It’s difficult to tell what’s still in her mouth, but she is definitely a happier doggie now that she is feeling better and the anesthesia has worn off.   We have her on a soaked-kibble diet (which John the softie is augmenting with a scrambled egg every morning).  She has started running with the big dogs in the house, and is even barking up a storm again when someone comes down the driveway, or at least when she thinks someone is coming down!  It’s nice to have the barking dog complement up to snuff again :*)

P.S.:  We love our vets!