Saturday, I finished putting up the fencing only to have it shred in less than 30 minutes. This net deer fencing that was all that with sprinkles was a waste of my time and money. When I had mentioned what happened to the person that recommended the fencing because she used it with her goats said "Well your animals are weird." She then clarifies "But I didn't use them to keep animals in. I used it to keep them out." She could have mentioned that part as she was making the all that recommendation. Grrr.
Anyway, I had finished the fencing and was going through the animals to see what we were dealing with. I knew they had been fed and watered and pretty much nothing else for a year or more. Breeding was "They're out there." Lambing and kidding was not tracked. There was no castrating. So, along with them not being hands on cared for, they also had no real breeding program.
That being said, I also had to see who was milking, who was pregnant, and figure things out from there. That was when I discovered (along with a lot of hoof rot since hooves had not been taken care of at all for a long time) that the matriarch goat has mastitis. Great. We've dealt with mastitis before in a goat and after, she was never the same. She caught every illness that came along and would get the worse case possible. Hopefully, that won't be the case here. Aggressive treatment with milking every couple of hours along with Vit B shots and apple cider vinegar and lots of attention and tlc will hopefully pull her through.
I hate milking mastitis. It is gross. Clumps and chunks of blood and puss and clots of milk come out and turns my stomach. But, it needs to be done. I won't be eating much during this, that's for sure.
In other news, we picked up a couple more 275 gallon tanks. They were not cleaned and we are having a hard time getting the crud out of it. We are having a debate at to whether or not the lower price is worth the aggravation. It is taking work, but they are getting clean. We are not going to go this route again. We will get ones that have already been cleaned.
The lady who was bit by a brown recluse who was going to lose a hunk of her leg is doing excellent. Activated charcoal mixed with water to make a runny paste slathered on and wrapped pulled out the toxins. The red that was streaking up and down her leg is gone. She no longer is afraid of losing some of her leg. When she told her doctor about the activated charcoal, he says "That's new." New? NEW? There is nothing new about using something to absorb toxins from the system rather than hacking off the body part. When did doctors go from healers to butchers?
Ok, so not all doctors are eager to slice a person open, but it seems like more and more doctors are eager to cut and drug rather than heal. I find it rather disturbing. Well, I better stop before begin one of my rants.