Posted by Jennifer on Fri,12-10-2010 | No Comments »
Posted in Past Posts 2010
Patches, the Cheesy Gland faced goat, visited the vet in Lexington a couple weeks ago. According to the vet Caseous Lymphadenitis, the official but not as descriptive name for Cheesy Gland, is quite common and not my fault. Bacterium that causes CG lives all around us and even on the skin of goats. When there is a break in the skin the bacteria gets in and creates a zit like abscess. In the future, I will remove the infected goat from the pen, lance the abscess early, and flush out the wound with iodine. In this case the tissue over the abscess was dead, so the vet removed it with scalpel, flushed out the wound and sent Patches on her way. Besides a fast healing hole on the side of her face, Patches is doing great, eating anything she can, and testing the bounds of electric fences. The other two goats that were exposed to these highly contagious bacteria have yet to develop any abscesses and Patches hasn’t developed any others.
Guilt over my poor goat management spurred me to set up a luxurious temporary pen for the girls so they could browse in the tree line. Life in the ultimate goat habitat was brief though because the temptation of breaking out to eat acorns outside of their fence’s perimeter proved to be just too tempting. For now, the goats have been returned to their original pen but we are working on fencing. Last week Harry and I picked up 392 cedar posts and we are almost ready to start installing fence. The fence dream is to have two no-climb wire cross fences and approximately 1/2 to 2/3 of the perimeter fence (all the way to the furthest cross fence) replaced with no-climb wire. Within the second cross fence and the north fence line of our property we will build 12 small rotational pastures for the sheep, cows, horses, and chickens. Between the two cross fences we will clear enough trees/brush to install electric fence so that there will be 4 to 6 pastures within the heavily wooded part of our property for the goats and pigs. The remainder of our pasture (the area between the south property border and the other cross fence) will be used for hay and a relief pasture or two for the cows and horses.
We are ready to try our hand at raising broilers too and have ordered 34 from Welp Hatchery. The new birds should arrive on December 14th. One of the benefits of the broiler is that they are happy to live within the confines of a hoop house. Our heritage breed birds are enjoying pasture life and refuse to be cooped, but a hawk has recently discovered them. If I’m not home to run off the overgrown sparrow, he takes/kills at least one chick a day. On Tuesday he killed two and didn’t even completely finish eating either one. The dogs were thrilled with the fresh chicken they got for dinner but I was extremely annoyed at the hawk’s wastefulness.
Well, I have a lot more to report on, but I literally have hawk duty this morning. I must get outside and make my presence known so the hawk will quit killing my chicks.