Wednesday 22 May 2024

Tiring week

The greenhouse is sprouting.

Most of the days I'm opening the windows just to keep the greenhouse from hitting 30C, but almost all of the seeds I planted have sprouted and the first batch of radishes is on their second set of real leaves.

For three days the goats couldn't go out and the chickens had to be fenced into one place because we had some guys here cutting down trees. This worked well with the timing of the chicken deworming. I started the chickens on their deworming medicine and that went as expected. They're not 100% back to their old selves yet but they are all laying again.

The guys did what I'm thinking of as "the first pass" next to the rockwall. All the trees are chopped down, the big logs can be stacked for later uses, and all the lil branches got chipped into oblivion. That is, except for the willow trees that I specifically asked them to leave behind. They're great for soaking up water and I wouldn't want to have to start from scratch when I need some willow cuttings.

The vet came to give Star and Honey their checkups and vaccines. He said they're both a bit thin so increasing their food would be a good idea. A day and a half later I noticed a small lump about the size of a pea in Star's neck. Seemed like a swollen gland so I contacted the vet's office to see if this was a known side effect of the vax or a possible problem. They said it was a possible side effect and (being Friday) I should monitor over the long weekend and they'd check in Tuesday. 

Well, Star's temperature and lump remained unchanged but she's feeling crummy and not as hungry. The vet said that's fine and might last 2-4 weeks. Her booster shot is 4-6 weeks after the initial shot so we may have a goat who's feeling poorly for two whole months.  Honey's doing well and I'm glad we gave them their shots but .... poor thing. 

Oh, AND we clipped their hooves over the weekend which is like wrestling a preteen while clipping cat claws; Physically demanding and precision is required. 

That's all for now. Feeling kinda run down myself after all that noise and then worry.

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