Monday, March 29, 2010
monday's mountain musings
Somehow in our chores the night before last the gate to the goats pasture was not hooked proper. Needless to say when we went to do chores yesterday morning I saw one of the goats up behind the pasture fence. I also noticed that Tiny Tom the last of our goat kids that was born and also the frailest had gone missing. When something is out of the ordinary my heart always skips a beat or six.
I saw the doe out so we called her, opened the gate and she came trotting right down to get back in albeit with a large patch of hair missing from her hind thigh area. It is a large patch too, from her hip area down to her elbow on her hind leg, she must have really squeezed to get out the tiny opening where the gate wasn't hooked tight. Other than the hair missing she looked and acted just fine and went right to tending Bo her baby.
Tiny Tom on the other hand was still MIA so I set about searching for the sorry little beast. I wandered up and behind the goat shed and found him huddled, weak and not in very good shape. Why or how he got up there is beyond me. I scooped him up and took him in to his mother who wanted nothing to do with him and he was having trouble standing so off to the shack he came with me. I made him a bottle and he wouldn't drink, within seconds he could no longer stand and within minutes he was dead. It was as quick as that. I don't know if he had an underlying condition or not, he was very very small and had been a whiny little cuss since his birth. I thought about doing a necropsy on him but I don't have much experience in baby goat post-mortem examinations so decided against it. Any who, he is now buried in the (15 yrs from now) compost pit and we have learned one of those harsh life lessons of remembering if you open it be sure to close it. We were actually very lucky that was all that happened through our careless oops.
In other news, the cabbage and broccoli survived our brutal winds, rain and hail that we have been having the last few days. I cringe every time the weather gets a bit wicked, after last years gardening misfortunes I am weary of what this year brings while trying to remain optimistic about it. The good news is after today the weather is supposed to be nice the remainder of the week and be in the mid 70s so we better rest up today while we can as the rest of the week will be busy.
I have started a face book "frugal homesteads" group. There is a lot that I do not post on here yet find important or interesting and like to share them but don't want the blog to become a bunch of links. I also made it so we can have discussions on various topics yet not in a typical forum format. If anyone is interested come and join us there.