I haven’t written in a while because it’s been too busy. Too busy to reflect or write about anything. But today it’s raining, and the fences are mended and the animals are all in and cozy for the night.
I am worried about our little goat Millie as she has bloat. The other day we came home from a day at the beach to find all the goats out of the pen and they had eaten all the chicken food. They have done this before, but we are usually around to catch them before they eat it all. But that day they ate a lot of the chicken food and to be safe I treated them all for bloat with the trusty mint flavored medicine called “Bloat Ez”. I was relieved the next day when they all seemed fine. But this morning I found little Millie standing off by herself, grinding her teeth (in goats this means pain and discomfort) and foaming at the mouth. She wont eat or drink and is not looking good. I called the vet and we are giving her a few injections each day and following a plan of action for Acidosis. We had her in the house for a while, and my little girl held her and talked and sang to her for hours. She even got her to drink some water. What do you say to a child who is holding a possibly dying animal that she loves? I tried not to cry and keep it factual and honest. This little goat has eaten too much grain and it’s making her very sick. She might die, but she might not, so lets just keep doing our best to get her through.
Unfortunately there has been more death then birth happening around here this month. Our little ducks that were born with deformed legs didn’t make it. They had to be “put out of their misery” as they could no longer get around. It was painful just to watch them crawl around quacking all day. And out cat was attacked by a raccoon and had infected abbesses all over his head. He also had to be put to sleep. It’s been a lot of learning about and talking about death. We are happy to report that we did have one of our favorite hens hatch out two chicks and we are waiting for a few more this week. We also bought 5 little Basque hens this week who are very friendly and sweet. This is an exciting addition, as Basque Hens are a rare heritage breed from France and Spain known for being very good layers and who are unusually friendly and tame. So far they are living up to their reputation and we hope to breed them and sell chicks in the future.
Hoping the next chapter at Porcupine Hill is a little more upbeat. Until then, wish us luck with little Millie.