Worms and fleas 

Gotta love summer. All the bugs are having a great time.

I found our dog Miley to have fleas so I treated her for that. I also gave her worming tablets. She has been losing condition so I hope this will fix her. If not it’ll be vet next week.

We gave the goats a bunch of injections:

Tag got 4 ml Noromectin subq for pigs and cattle . Dose for 100kg. This has a 1 month milk withholding 

Monty got 4ml Nornerctin and what I had left of Cartropgen for his legs. It was only 1.5ml which is 1/2 dose

Pinky got 2.5 ml Noromectin and 1 ml glen act as a booster one month before she’s due to kid IF she is pregnant…

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No knead sourdough and eye issues

I have found this great no knead sourdough recipe… well I tend to eyeball the water as my starter is pretty liquid and if I add all the water I get a soup rather than a dough. Anyway, I still keep the dough very moist, at the point where it nearly holds together but not quite. I mix it in a bowl the pour it into this cake tin we have that works really well. I butter up the tin, then cover and let the dough rise for several hours. Overnight or until it fills the tin. Then bake straight in there at 250C with water in the oven. I have tried adding 1/3 whole meal flour and it still works well.

http://artistta.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/easiest-sourdough-bread-recipe-i-know.html?m=1


On a less exciting note, our bunny Snowy has had an eye issue since before Christmas and today Smoothy the guinea pig also as a very poorly eye.

I took Snowy  to the local vet a few days after she started bleeding from the eyelid. I thought it was a scratch but it wasn’t settling. Vet reckoned it is cancer of the eyelid and they could not operate. Given she is 9 I’d question the op too but since then it has grown, it is bleeding, it got infected, we fixed the infection and now we wait for another vet.

We had poor Snowy inside for a few days then outside confined but now she is free again as it is very hot and it’s best if she can move about to find the coolest spots. The cattle pink eye powder seems to have help better than the human eye ointment. The specialist vet returns from holidays on 1 Feb so we’ll take her there then. Hopefully she doesn’t get too sick in the meantime.


This morning Smoothy was having a discussion about food with Robyn Hood. Later I noticed him sulking in a corner with an opaque eye oozing white. I gave him pink eye powder and fed him. Teeth are long but seem functional, he is a good weight and eats happily. We’ll see.

Slither buzz and squirt

The last two days have seen us getting up close to animals other than our usual farm ones. 

Yesterday a Damian found a giant brown snake in the process of eating a lizard. After many calls we finally got a handler to come and take it away, though it was less the cooperative about going in the bag. This was our third close encounter with a large brown near the house in a few weeks so we are hoping it was the same snake and now we can enjoy a break.

  
This morning our day started with our first ever attempt at harvesting honey from our Warre hive. Elody and I did very well, the bees did too and it all went very smoothly. Sadly there was either brood or uncapped honey in every comb we checked, so we couldn’t harvest anything.  I need to research a bit more how to manage the Warre.

 

Tonight we shot a kangaroo… our own way….This old mama roo has taken up residence around our house. For years she has spent most of her time near us raising her babies. This year she also has a gorgeous joey who is too big for the pouch but still gets his head in to nurse. Over the last few months she has become very slow and calm and is always right next to the house. Recently, she has become very skinny and we have been concerned about her health. We contacted Wildcare who sent out some experts to assess her. They thought she is just old and in OK condition considering, but they suggested treating her with a spot on wormer just in case. So here is Damian getting as close as possible and shooting the medicine on her… let’s hope it helps!

 

Musical pens

A couple of days ago we moved Luna and her 4 (used to be 5 😦 ) peachicks out of the big pen. We had put them in there straight after they hatched 3.5 weeks ago to protect them from crows. 

  
Since the pen had been empty for a while (only bunny and Guinea pigs in there) we figured they’d be lots of bugs for them to catch. Plus we are giving them mealworms. 
However they are now bigger and we worried they needed a more varied diet, so out they went and we are locking them up at night. 

The chooks and ducks go moved back in the big pen and the spare roosters can now  have access to the edge pen.

Later that day the goats decided to also move themselves. We were keen to move them anyway but hadn’t yet. They just jumped the fence and took themselves for a field trip. They are now in their top paddock but only in the small area around their shed. We’ll open up the paddock soon.

Today I also swapped the llamas. The girls went to the street paddock with the view of giving them the hill paddock soon, and the boys went to the chook paddock. 

I should mention that the boys are only Enrique and Orlando as Valentibe was always so stressed we decided to sell him. We found him a lovely per home nearby where he is on his own. He went on trial but seems very happy there.

1 ml for health

Vaccinated goats with 1 ml Glrnvac 6 in 1 today.

Did the all behind the elbow. Monty and Tag in the left, Pillybon the right. They all did great and so did I, gentle injections which hardly required and restraints.

After the injections I could feel Monty had like a ball in the area, but I thought it was too far back to be from the vaccine. Will keep an eye on it.

Next due early May but if will is pregnant she’ll need it in late Han, 1 month before due date.

Also collected more poo from Tag at the 10 day mark. Will see if the bread drench worked.

Miley got clipped very short all over. Many hot spots to deal with other but no fleas 

New goat strategy

Sadly the last drenching on our milking goat Tag was not effective and her workload went up to over 2000. 

On the upside there was no more sign of Coccidia and the llamas are clear 

 

Anyway, we need to sort Tag out.

After many discussions of Facebook, I actually got hold of a specialist goat Vet, https://m.facebook.com/goatvetoz/

She was kind enough to message me several undefined links and talk to me on the phone. 

1. First of all she stressed the importance of dosing for the right weight, so she sent me this chart, which is similar to one I had used in the past.

  
Tag’s girth is 107cm so her weight is approx 90 Kg. 

2. The vet suggested that Caprimec (the drench I have been using should be given at 1.5 times the dose so that’s 30 ml for her weight. That’s what I had been doing in the past but Tag would always spot a heap out. Today we set off to try again but when the gun malfunctioned we tried soaking her dose in bread. It took a bit of fiddling mixing in some Lovamol and human breakfast cereal but to my surprise she ate it all, plus some.

So today she had 40 ml Caprimec

  
Will need to do another test in 10 days and if we don’t get 95% reduction in worm count (117 or less) we need to change drench

3. The only other registered option for dairy goats is Panacur25 which needs to be given at 2 times the dose. She suggested trying once and testing 10 days later and if that doesn’t work trying drenching on 2 consecutive days.

These are my notes from the chat with her

  
4. Vet also said NOT to move them  after drenching so we’ve been doing that wrong 

5. The other point she made is that if Tag isn’t getting enough protein that could make her more prone to worms. It seems she is not. FB chats revealed she should be on 1-1.5 Kg of grain /pellet a day split in two feeds. 

Vet said she needs 18% protein and cottonseed would deliver that. Crashed lupins are good too so we’ll gradually give her that and alpaca pellets which are 16%.

Lucerne us good as provides calcium

6. After nearly 2 years in milk her body score should be 3-3.5. From this video she is 3 or a little less so up goes the feed.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FC0u1j06y5Y

As an aside I have also started back with the ACV in the water and have ordered a goat specific lick with selenium and copper.

Peachicks on the way?

Luna, our oldest peahen is nesting. I think she has been sitting for at least 3-4 days do we are expecting babies around 20 Nov as incubation is 28 days. 

I knew she had a nest but wasn’t sure where, finally I found her in the glasshouse where she nested last year… I had checked in there but she was so well hidden I hadn’t seen her. 

Luna coming off the nest for a feed