So I am having an issue … Over the last few days I have had little things happen that I have forgotten to blog about. I always think I will Just add it into tomorrow’s post but then I forget again … I now have a list. I started this list right on the blog today and wrote a bit here and there through out the day … Then before I left for my Rodeo I set it to post this evening. So Here is the list …
1) Sweetie Might be in a motherly fashion This leads to Holly and her milk issue and brings in ICC West
2) Cattle got out while I was at State
3) Fat Joe is a little anemic
5) Rodeo Bible camp rescheduled and 4-H Camp right on top of each other
6) Mom hand spinning
7) Junk Wool
First the Serious Issues – Health of our Animals
#1. Sweety is showing sighs that her milk bag is getting loose. That normally only happens when a goat is getting ready to kid. That means we bought a milk goat that was bred instead of one that isn’t. This isn’t an issue in it’s self. However, Holly and Sweetie haven’t been apart. They were together for at least 6 months before we got them. So if Sweetie is Pregnant then Holly could be too. I know AAWWW … Babies!! No Not AAWWW for Holly. Her body has been producing milk since the spring and Mom says that we need to stop milking her at least 6 to 8 weeks before she kids so that her body can recover and make collostrum instead of Milk when the baby comes. The plan was to have one goat carry us through every other summer. This year was Holly’s year. Then next year she wouldn’t be milked through the summer but Sweetie would.
The goats being pregnant isn’t really a good thing. It is okay for Sweetie as we will just let her raise her baby and milk her just a bit to teacher her for next year. However, Monday Holly is going to get an ultra sound at ICC West. We are going to take Dimples and Sweetie too. Just so the Vet Techs can practice. Dimples will be palpated to make sure she is just fat and Sweetie will be have an ultra sound with Holly. If they are pregnant Mom says she will have to figure out how far along they are and she will have to dry up Holly ASAP!
On top of that I forgot to tell you when we got home we found one of the bigger calves had gotten out of the pasture. Mom and I got it caught and Dad helped me move it back to the pasture. This morning I worked the fence line and found we will have to start replacing some of the broken post. Mom says times and money being what they are she will start buying 10 t-Posts every payday until the entire fence it totally fixed…
Then there is Fat Joe. When we got him he was just a few days shy of 5 weeks old amd he had fleas. So Mom and I took to washing and bathing him once a week. We took him to the vet to try and get something to help keep the fleas off but the vet wouldnt’ allow it due to his age. We are trying to get the fleas under control but they are crazy thick this year. Soooo, His fleas have gotten so bad we are now washing him once every 4 days. We took him back to the vet and he is anemic. This is one of the reasons Joe went with us yesterday as I am keeping a close eye on him. Our vet has agreed to allow Joe to get a certain kind of treatment with a chemical this weekend and I will stop and pick it up today on my way to the Rodeo. He will be just a few days shy of 7 weeks and the vet says with his size he should be able to handle the stuff.
This has lead to Mom finding some fleas in our house. Now, due to my health issues Mom doesn’t use chemicals in our house. That means Mom is busy washing everything from dog beds to sheets to throw rugs. She then salts everything and after some time she vacuums. This has been going on once a day for the last week. And I haven’t seen a flea but on the Dogs so even though Penny and Buddy have their flea stuff on at all times… Mom has them on a bath Schedule as well as Brewers yeast tablets. Honestly, I think every Flea in the house is on Fat Joe because they can’t survive anywhere else in the house. LOL … Mom has even salted her and mine’s bed between the matress and the matress pad! If you didn’t know that Salt kills fleas you do after reading this blog … LOL
With all of that going on there is still more. Remember my Rodeo Bible Camp that was cancelled?? Well, it is this weekend and so is my rodeo in Inola. So as you read this I am on the road and will be gone for the next two days. Then when I get done with that camp, Monday we are taking the goats and then Tuesday – Thursday I am away at 4-H Camp where I am a camp counselor. I didn’t plan for this month to be so busy but it sure is turning out that way.
Keep in mind that in a few weeks we also have our fiber booth at Fiber Christmas in July. Mom is busy spinning some of the rovings we get each year from the animals so that I will have something different and new in my booth … We also hit the dye pots and we are going to make up some 2 oz batts. I made one orange and Black for OSU and then I made one I am calling bumble bee!!! With any luck Mom is going to post a picture for me right in here so that when this goes live you can see all the pretty colors from today …
(Yup Mom got it done … LOL)
On top of all that my Friend that we get the “junk wool” from for the 4-H kids called and Sunday Mom is going to go get some more. She has 45 ewes that she sheared and what I don’t take in fleece she will take to her dump site and burn. If anyone wants to pay shipping I will be happy to send you some. It isn’t soft but it is very grippy and Mom says it is easy for the kids to learn to spin with. She also says it is great to use to learn to process wool … Because if you mess it up you can always mulch it into your garden or throw it out … No great loss there. LOL
So if you don’t hear from me tomorrow or the next day don’t worry … Monday I will update everyone as to the health of the animals …