More Than I Bargained For

Last night I had two kids in the house, one on purpose and one not so much.

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Serena with Chex. Serena is NOT impressed!

Cocoa is the girl we would like to raise by hand to make her a friendly milker. Here she is showing off her new diaper.

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Chex, the tan one, (yes we are still on our breakfast theme: Cocoa Puffs and Chex) was weak and cold. I brought him in for two feedings last night (milking Toffee for that colostrum was a lot of fun-NOT) and gave him a good warm up. I put him back outside with a full belly and warm fuzzy fur. But his legs were weak and hyperextending. We have had this happen with lambs before and the tendons tighten up within a few days. We may try to splint his legs.

With bad legs I figured I would have to keep feeding him since it is really tough to nurse that way but I wanted to keep him with his mama so she wouldn’t forget him. I think it was too late. Toffee wasn’t being mean to him, but had no interest in accommodating him at all. It could be because we took him a way for a few hours, but more likely it is because she considered him a reject with the bad legs.

So when we checked on him this morning, bringing his bottle, he was alone and shivering, a little kid-sicle. That is not a good sign when they cannot maintain their own body heat even with a full belly. So the only choice was to bring him back in the house.

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Chex has hyperextended rear legs. He cannot walk.

You will notice his cool digs! Actually it is out of necessity. Boys are harder to diaper than girls because their ‘spigots’ are up near the belly button, which is not inside the diaper. So there is an extra maxi pad tucked in there to cover the area and then the whole thing is held together with a onesie.

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Chex can’t sit correctly or stand at all, but he is being melodramatic in this picture because of the insult of the onesie.

Above is the pen they will be kept in when no one is home or at night, otherwise they will have free reign of the house. It is about 5′-6′ in diameter with 4′ high sides (a dog pen).

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Fraser visits.

When we leave the door open, Fraser goes right in. He is fascinated and worried all at the same time. His herding instincts come out and he walks around them in non-ending circles. But he is gentle.

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Cocoa is just fine with Fraser…doesn’t think he looks like a wolf at all!

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Cocoa already very sociable.

If Chex survives we will try to find him a home that wants a pet. I’ll neuter him and he will be as friendly as a puppy dog when he is grown. So if you know anybody looking for a pet goat…

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7 Responses to More Than I Bargained For

  1. Glory Lennon says:

    So, he’s now a bottle baby, because mama rejected him? Will he walk normally one day?

    • Julie Helms says:

      Yes, no choice on the bottle feeding now. I have had this leg thing happen to a few lambs who did fine after a few days. I am not as familiar with goats. If it is the same thing (loose tendons basically) he will be fine. If it is caused by some underlying disease then probably not.

  2. We have had lambs that have their fetlocks tight but they have always straightened up in a week, we do flex them to help though.
    Hope all turn out fine.

    • Julie Helms says:

      These aren’t tight, they are loose. It is like a knee that bends both ways. I might be calling it the wrong thing by saying hyperextending, but it is too loose to be supportive. Thanks for reading and sharing!

  3. Trish Avery says:

    Loose is different for me. Glad you have seen it in lambs before. Sassy, Shelecta’s filly, had the contracted tendons and walked on her hoof toes. In a week they were perfect.
    Sorry you have this problem. But having a 2nd inside is a nice buddy system at least for awhile.

  4. Sarah Helms says:

    Did you give them a bath? They look entirely too clean 😛

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