Apr 25, 2011

It's the rainy season!

It's the wet season here in NE Oklahoma, and when I say wet, I mean DRENCHED!!  It started out with a nice storm on Friday, sprinkling a little bit and lightening a lot.  It filled up some ditches with a little water...
 and made everything very green!
 And then yesterday, there it went...Sprinkling turned into downpours!  Our house is on an elevated piece of property, which I'm VERY thankful for, and you'll see why in the following pictures.  Most of the rest of our property is not though.  Pretty soon, everything was covered in water...
About 3" of water
Pasture 1
The front yard
According to one lady, this is the most water she's ever seen in Tahlequah for 30 years!  This series of storms has just made a HUGE mess out of our goat barn and pen area.  Inside the barn is flooded as well as the outside...
Kinda cool how the water snakes around!  The water's cleaning my goat pen, LOL!
We also have a wet-weather creek that never runs unless it rains a lot.  It was flowing SO fast, kinda like a mini river.  It knocked out a bunch of vegetation because it grew so large!

And to end this messy Oklahoma story, we have a NOT so rare surprise for you...
Yep, that's the 2' long adult Copperhead me and my brother found and killed this morning!  It was in the chicken pen, all tangled up in some netting...and boy was that thing hissing!  Thank God it didn't get to our chickens!

So, that's all for today :)  Still storming here a bit.

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Apr 22, 2011

Around the ranch today...

A small milestone has happened on 7 Thunders Ranch...our first ever batch of baby chicks hatched!  Take a look at the pics below.
First chick to hatch
WARNING!  Very broody hen
This hen has been up in the chicken house rafters for about a month, and she is SO broody.  Talk about mama hen syndrome, LOL!

Here are a misc. couple of pics from around the ranch today...
Me and my first LaMancha, Ohara.  She's a horse, LOL
Silly Snickers
 Oh, and I just had to post a picture of me and Tick-Tack, one of Suriyah's (GoodGoats) tiniest goat kids I've EVER seen!  He is SOOOO CUTE!
That's all for today!

Apr 4, 2011

Lesson #1: Bloat in Goats

a.k.a:  Ruminal Tympany, Tympanities, Hoven, Meteorism
Although I've never had a goat with bloat, it will most likely occur one time or another, especially spring and summer when pastures are readily available.  This condition stems from the goat's inability to rid gas produced by the rumen, due to either feeding on too many legumes (Alfalfa, fresh grass, clovers, etc.), a sudden change in feed or hay, or eating too many grains (oats, barley, wheat & rye).  Signs of bloat is an enlarged left flank, difficulty or laboring to breathe, and upon thumping the left side, it will sound like a drum or ripe watermelon.

If the goat's eyes and inside of it's mouth turn from pink to blue-ish purple, this indicates a lack of oxygen, which equals approaching death.  Obviously, this is not something to take lightly and should be treated promptly, before this has a change to occur!

Treating Bloat:
Here's the recipe for treating bloat:
1 Cup of Oil (mineral, corn, etc.)
About 2 TBS of Baking Soda

Mix that up and either drench the mixture down the goat's throat with a syringe (NO NEEDLE), a drencher, or tube it directly into the goat's stomach (that's if you know how to do it safely, but it's more risky).  NEVER try to tube a goat unless you have experience doing it!  You may accidentally put the tube in the lungs, and basically drown the goat.  Give C&D Antitoxin...this won't hurt the goat.  This medicine is water soluble, so if it is not needed in the gut, the goat will just pee it out.  C&D helps calm the gut down and balances the rumen.  Most of the time, a few days after the goat gets bloat, it comes down with Enterotoximia, and this is a very fast, life threatening situation too.  If you are dealing with an adult goat, give about 15 cc/ML of C&D Antitoxin (not Antitoxoid) Sub-Q, a few times a day until they're back to acting and looking normal.  You can also give them an extra boost of electrolytes...of which I use Nutri-Drench for goats.
If you're dealing with a kid, give about 5 cc of C&D (Sub-Q of course). Sometimes, bloat will come with diarrhea.  Just let it run it's course, but make sure the kid is getting enough liquids and offer electrolytes a couple times a day.  If you have TheraBloat or AgriLabs Bloat Release, you can give them the recommended dosage.
After the goat has bloat, it's always a good idea to give them Probiotics for a few days to aid in the healing of the gut.

I am not an expert at this and have not had any close personal experience with this, but have seen it in my friend's goats.  The article above originated from an article that my friend at GoodGoats wrote.

See the links below to purchase the products I listed above.  I've had great success with all of these products!

Thanks for reading!

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Apr 3, 2011

Blooms & Sprouts...EVERYWHERE!

It's looking very colorful and green here at the farm!  The flower blooms and grass sprouts are all over the property.

Below are some pics of our apple tree, in full bloom.  The flowers are so pretty!
And just a couple of misc. pics of the day!
Have a good night everyone!