I should have known that I was tempting fate when I said that I was going to buckle down and get a lot of work done this week. Instead of actually being focused and productive, I’ve spent the last two nights dealing with crisis.
Last night Avi, the dog, got sprayed by a skunk in the middle of the night so I had to scrub her down several times (hydrogen peroxide + baking soda + dawn dish soap works well!) and then wash myself and attempt to air out the house.
This morning I tried to rush through the morning milking and ended up with half of it in my lap. I learned my lesson– in an attempt to save a few minutes I ended up wasting quite a bit more cleaning up the milking stand and myself *and* I lost about 4 cups of milk!
And now tonight Tinkerbell, our littlest Pygora goat, got her leg stuck in a piece of damaged wire fencing and when I heard her crying around midnight I found her half dangling from the fence, resting on her face and her foot was completely cold.
I *think* that he leg is going to be okay– vigorous rubbing warmed it up and though she won’t put weight on it (I’m sure its very sore) I don’t feel any breaks or major swelling. I’m more worried about her rumen. When ruminants (sheep, goats, cows..) are on their backs, their digestive systems don’t work correctly. This article explains the problem really well if you are interested in the details. In a nut shell, if they don’t get flipped over quickly they can easily die. I have no idea how long Tinkerbell was stuck upside down before I found her so once I felt that blood was flowing back into her foot my first concern was for her rumen. I gave her some baking soda, which can help with upset rumens, and made her stand up and walk around a little. She isn’t putting any weight on her injured leg (not surprising!) and isn’t keen to walk but is agreeable with standing up and will walk a bit if I irritate her enough. Thankfully after a bit of this I was able to hear healthy rumen noises (like a gurgling tummy) and she pooped normal pellets – both of which are signs that she is digesting like usual. What a relief! I have given her some Banamin which is a painkiller. I know she was in a lot of pain because she was grinding her teeth (a sign of pain in sheep and goats) so I’m glad I had Banamin on hand. She is acting a little spacey but I can’t tell if its a symptom of something really terribly wrong, a normal reaction to the stress of the evening or just Tinkerbell being, well, Tinkerbell. If you haven’t heard me talk about her before, Tinkerbell is our “special” goat. I think something wasn’t quite normal with her birth or early life- when we got her she was very tiny, she looked like a newborn but was actually 7 months old. Thankfully she has grown quite a bit in the eight months since then and seems to be thriving but we have often suspected that her mental development may have been stunted along with her physical development. Thankfully she is generally a happy sort of special and while she may not be the brightest goat, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Its the smart ones that usually cause the most trouble!
I’m going to check on Tinkerbell at least one more time before I go to bed for the night, hopefully she will be resting peacefully and will be full of her regular spunk when I wake up tomorrow!
p.s. projects that I’m planning for this weekend (hopefully!) include
- kimchi recipe #2
- ice cream (chocolate this time, I think!)
- another batch of cheese or yogurt (something to use up some of this milk!)
- cranberry “soda” using water kefir
- ginger ale using ginger bug
- more weed pulling, flower planting and mulch spreading
4 thoughts on “Tempting Fate”
I hope everything is well with Tinkerbell. Your blog is always interesting, and I am learning so much! I never knew being on their backs could cause such problems with goats and sheep.
Good gracious! Hope she is okay this morning. Must have been a nightmare for her, and finding her, in the dark, a nightmare for you.
So thankful you heard her crying! Aren’t animals good at rearranging our schedules?
Hope Jan is there now. Also hope you will send some of that wonderful goat cheese home with her so I can eat more of it. Glad Tinkerbelle is doing ok.