This week was one of those that no matter what you had planned, the universe decided that it would be in the driver’s seat.
Week started with one of our rams getting caught in the electric fence. I am thankful my neighbor gets out a bit earlier to start chores than I do. He found him and called me as I was getting ready to head outside and he shut the fence off. We both cut him out and got him to the barn. Hickory was breathing, but could not walk, or even hold his head up. I try to do most of my vet work, but this situation was beyond my know-how. I took Hickory in and he was examined. His heart rate was fine and he was not in shock. He got a steroid shot and some fluids to help with any swelling. I put him in a stall and started him on sugar water and then gave him a slurry of lamb and sheep pellets, warm water and molasses. And finally adding hay. I would lift the little guy to try and get him moving, and massaging his legs.
As we were nursing our little guy, we were hit with six inches of wet heavy snow. This meant moving goats and other rams to the barn area for shelter. I needed the stall so Hickory was moved to the central portion of the barn where we keep bales of hay. At least for the night. During the day, I put him outside under the pole barn so he could get fresh air. And I was continuing his physical therapy. He is getting his strength back little by little. All of his legs seem to be improving except his front left leg, resulting in several face plants. So we are continuing the nursing, refusing to give in as Hickory is giving it his all.
So today, Friday…our blue French/English Angora bunny gave birth to seven kits. Actually eight, but one was still-born. They are all good size and Saphire prepared a lovely nest. She was putting the finishing touches on it this morning and she was ripping fiber from her tummy with urgency. Angora was flying everywhere as there was a bit of a breeze. I knew at that point, she would have them today. And with so many, well…I hope she can feed them all. We will see what kind of mom she is. She certainly has lots of work ahead. And for those wondering- we will have some to sell, including one black adult. Keep you posted.