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It was in the mid-80's when we went walking this AM. Sticky. :ick: Supposed to be back in the triple-digits by this weekend...SO not looking forward to that!

Risky, Zoe and Rosa ate a little last night; more this AM. I think I've figured it out - our Feed Mill got shut down by OSHA (some of the findings I can see - you shouldn't run heavy machinery with *extension cords*, but 1 of the "big" ones was the catwalk. OSHA says it should be 24" wide. Thiers was 30". So....they got slapped with a HUGE fine....because the catwalk was too wide. ?????) and they are now just a storefront. We had very little warning - we went bought feed 2 weeks ago (we buy it every 2 weeks, because we can't haul a month's worth at a time - they still gave us the bulk discount), they had just had the inspection......but OSHA moves fast. :sigh: So....no chance to transition to the new feed. And apparently it tastes differently enough that some of the goats won't eat it, and it's apparently different enough that it gave some goats tummy problems. :big sigh:

I've switched feeds mid-month before (when the horses got into the feed, for example - we had to make an emergency run to Tractor Supply; no chance to transition there, either!) and didn't have problems.....so this is new. I had Herself mix horse feed into the rations - they had a stock of our Complete feed, so it's the same (this time), and the goats have eaten it before. That helped - Risky and Zoe both cleaned the pans and begged for more, and ALL the does were bashing their way to the feeders. We need to figure out something....I can't afford sick goats or the drop in milk.

Penny is something else. She figured out Wednesday (*2* days after surgery!) how to jump up on our bed (it's tall. BREE can't get up on it, because she can't quite coordinate her back legs well enough to jump that high. :lol:).....so she discovered that Hey! The People Bed is SOFT. And COMFY. And WARM!!! So, every night she jumps into bed with me while SG is feeding the other dogs (I feed her earlier by herself, to make sure she gets all of it). It's all right with just her and I....but when SG comes to bed, it's another story. She starts out at/on my feet...then slowly worms her way in between us, where she begins to every so slowly *Stretch* and *wiggle*.....and I end up on the edge of the bed. Little snot takes up 2 square feet! :lol: She's cute, though.....

Almost done with today's work assignment. Then I get to play with fabric! I have all the Passover placemat squares cut...just need to iron them, and start sewing them together. I'm still trying to figure out the corners (when I post photos, you'll understand....I'm trying something different with this set.)....we'll see how it goes.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 18th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)

aNNa says:

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I don't know anything compared to you, I swear it. I've had goats five years, and have never given them anything but feed and water and dewormer powder stuff that goes in the feed (once a year). That's it. No treatments, nothing else, outside of the occasional hoof trim. I don't understand half of what you say about what you do to your goats. When we've run out of goat food, they got chicken feed for a night on more than one occasion, and it never messed them up. I... must either be REALLY lucky, or... really lucky. ROFL!!!

But then, I'm that way about bees, too. All the stuff you're supposed to supplement bees with, treat them with, check them for? No. We tried a bit of it the first time, and they took off on us. We cut out the BS and just tried supplementing, and they died on us the second time. This hive? We've been almost totally hands off (except to take honey and dust for mites in the spring). Not only are they thriving, but they doubled and split, forming another hive! I'm beginning to think letting nature do it's natural thing is what works for us, best. ((snort!))
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Date:July 18th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)

Re: ali says:

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I think having the goats producing makes them a little more demanding.
My boys - never give me a lick of trouble - my non-produing goat - no problems there either.

The ones in milk have been pretty trouble free as well.
My dad's goats - I dunno what their deal is..
Of course we have right now we have over 30 goats...so the chances of one of them having a problem is pretty high.
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