Sunday, June 14, 2015

Foot Troubles.....

 So it has rained here... A Bunch.... I have talked about our drainage issues before.. It gets mucky nasty in the goat pen.. No matter how much we try to let it build up, it just turns to muck.. It was knee deep this year.. Coming over the top of my boots when I was trying to get chores done. Of course it effects the goats.. In the form of Foot Scald this time... I had one doe that started it.. and it has now spread to 16 of the 21 does we have.. It is a mess.. It is anywhere from one hoof affected to all 4 and the goat doesn't want to get up..  They don't eat and drink like they should and get stressed.. A stressed goat is dangerous..
 This is what one of my does that is the worst looks like.. This was after taking the wraps off and washing it off with a vinegar spray. The stuff I am packing with is drying it out and just after 1 treatment several does are no longer limping. The worst are getting wraps and packing changed 2 times a day.. It starts between the toes in the back and seems to basically infect the soft part. Its not white like Hoof rot and starts on the outside of the hoof not the inside. Its kind of grayish white and slimy/mushy looking. Very painful and causes heat in the hoof/leg.

So what I have tried so far.. Oxytetracyline(LA200/Biomycin) Worked for a little bit but then came right back. That was giving a shot of it as well as soaking the area in the Oxytet. Did that when it first started.. Then before I knew it.. I had probably 10-12 does out of 17 limping.. Some refusing to get up unless we made them. So I tried antibiotic again.. Nothing at all.
Then I tried an herbal oil some improvement.. But not keeping it dry. As soon as it rains we are back to where we started.

 Talked to a Goat friend.. She suggested Sugar and Iodine paste. Pack it and wrap it. Willing to try it at this point. Thinking I had the stuff.. but.. Not enough iodine to treat the 16 goats that were limping on one foot or the other or all 4 of them. Tried mixing sugar with the herbal oil I had.. Again some improvement in some of them.. In the mean time bank account cleaned out by some one buying clothes, shoes and electronics in the UK.. (When it rains it pours right?)
  So no option to buy anything. I am wracking my brains trying to think of what else to do.. All my books are packed in anticipation of the big move. In the mean time giving Nutridrench, Cayenne and aspirin drench to keep them eating decent as well as electrolytes. I decided to mix D.E.. Cayenne and Rosemary powder pack their hooves and wrap them. The ones that just have a little bit are getting it packed in twice a day but not wrapped. All 3 of those powders are drying and the Cayenne and Rosemary have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as other helps. FINALLY Seeing serious improvement!

I also washed with warm soapy water and spray with Apple Cider Vinegar before packing. It is still taking us about 2-3 hours to do chores and treat everyone but already they are starting to not limp and acting better. The wraps do let moisture through but its more for holding the mix on and not keeping moisture out. Several that we removed tonight were still dry between the toes and not mushy.
 We are ready to move to the new barn that doesn't hold water!
 Here are some pictures of the worst one. Its wet looking because we were washing it out and repacking it.






 Hopefully we are on the mend..... 

Monday, May 11, 2015

THE NEW THING!!!!!!

 So I hinted  about a month ago when I posted about the grand baby that there was more change coming for our family.....
Well..............
HERE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!
 We are relocating! To a Bigger and Better farm.. Going full time Goat farm! Not just a Hobby!.... But we will be working towards USDA Inspected goat meat for Retail and Wholesale!
 God basically just plopped this opportunity in our laps!
We have a few seriously crazy months ahead for us... In the mean time.. Here is the new barn......


This Crazy Goat Lady is SUPER excited about the barn!! The house is beautiful too! With lots of room for our whole family! Never thought we would be headed to a place like this.. But God has made the way.
 Got a long list of things to do to officially be in Business... But its happening quickly. 
RockyHill Farm is becoming a real business.
  Little Cracker Jack is doing well.. Growing like a weed and this MawMaw is in Love with the little man.
 So pray for us! That things continue to go as planned and that we will have the get-up-n-go to get this accomplished by God's grace!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

He Has ARRIVED!!!!!

 Our little Cracker Jack is here! 4 weeks early.. 7 lbs & 20 inches long.. And just perfect.... If he had went full term he would have been at least 10 lbs.. Lol Momma did awesome and both are doing well. 
 It's a strange to think.. I am a Mawmaw!!! :)  We are so blessed and thankful for what God has blessed us with. And there is more big news coming for our family.. But can't say anything till plans are more settled. :)
 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works;and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14