Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lost a goat

I was recently trying to sell off some of my goats. I sold Saturn and her new kid and was searching for a new home for soupy.

Unfortunately something went wrong with her. She seemed depressed. I thought it was because her mom was gone. I felt horrible. Knowing how social goats are, I thought if I put her in with the triplets it might help. It didn't. In fact she seemed to get worse. She was just very quiet and not herself. I just kept thinking that it was because of not having her mom around. It wasn't until she started with the scours that I thought she might be sick. I tried giving her electrolytes, making sure she had plenty of fresh water and hay. I gave her extra love and attention and watched. But she didn't get better. Sunday morning Robert found her laying outside in the goat pen and not in the shed. I went to give her a dose of antibiotics and discovered my antibiotics were expired. So we got another bottle of electrolytes into her and I ran for antibiotics. I've never done any of the injections before, we don't do it very often. Hubby was out of town working, so I felt for a fleshy area and gave her the injection. I don't know if I did it wrong or if she was too far gone, but an hour later she was gone. Isaiah was pretty upset. she was such a sweet goat. My brother happened to pull in to visit as they discovered the goat had passed and offered to help dig a hole. So the boys and my brother went out back and dug a 3 1/2 foot deep hole to bury the goat. It's really sad when we lose an animal. But this has definitely spurred a clean out mode in all of us. Pens are being cleaned out, goats are getting dosed with diamotceous earth. not sure if I spelled that right but added to their food it help get rid of both internal and external parasites.
We talked to some local farmers and they said it sounded like cochcidosis not sure if I spelled that right either. But they suggested that we treat all the critters because our goats and chickens are housed together.
I guess this is what we will be doing.

The work doesn't ever seem to end here at the ranch...Did I mention we are working on a name for our little homestead?
Hubby is out job hunting right now. Looking for something that will allow him more freedom but still provide health care benefits. The company he has been working for for over a year has begun working out of town every week. While that may be good for some families, the money is not worth Dad being gone for 7 or 8 days at a time for our family.
So we are going to have to make ends meet in other ways. The fact that Hubby was self employed for most of his working life, gives us the confidence that we can subsidize the regular income with some side jobs and selling our hand made and home grown products.


  1. That is the part of this life that I don't like, losing animals!!! It is hard, I am sorry for you and the children, it is heartbreaking! Going to worm my goats this evening after reading this!!! It is time anyway, I do it about 4 to 5 weeks.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. It's heartwrenching to loose our precious animals. I agree with your local farmers that it sounds like coccidiosis. Housing the goats and chickens together makes it difficult to deal with and/or prevent. (Even though it's supposed to be species specific, chickens contaminate everything by transferring what is on the ground on to mangers, water dishes, etc. ) For chickens, you medicate the water with and antibiotic solution called Corid. I think Corid is toxic to goats. I follow a coccidiosis prevention schedule of giving all goat kids Di Methox by mouth for ten days at age three weeks, seven weeks, and eleven weeks. This has been very successful for me. DiMethox is very, very bitter. I sweeten mine with stevia. Also, keep it refrigerated or it will go bad very quickly. Hope this helps!