Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Sprite hasn't been drinking all her milk for the last couple of feedings, and last night she was shivering hard. The other kids were not cold, so I brought her in the house with me to see what was wrong with her. She was burning up with fever, and just barely starting to cough a bit. Unfortunately, we have learned the hard way that you don't take a "wait and see" attitude in kids with pneumonia. They have a bad habit of dying just hours after you figure out how sick they really are. So, I gave her a shot of Banamine and anitibiotics, and Kris held her until she stopped shivering. This morning she drank all her milk down happily! She still has a slight fever, so I am not putting her back outside with the other kids yet.
After this weekend we should have considerably fewer goats to feed! The Boer and her doe kid are probably leaving, same thing with Rainy and her buck kid, and if the weather cooperates we are going to butcher the 4 wethers on Sunday with the help of Karen and family. Rio's doe kid will be picked up on Saturday and that will be IT for a while. Whew. OH! I forgot about Astro because she is so sweet and quiet that she doesn't cause any problems. Astro is Karen's goat who we are goat sitting temporarily due to her head butting Oatie's baby. She will go home sometime in the next few days. Seems like we have a GOAT SITTING BUSINESS!

ALSO we are going to have a big family gathering here on Saturday!! The Koepkes, Morgans, and Beairds are coming. Yippee!! (My floor's clean, right? What else is there to worry about as long as your floor is clean.) :o)

I have found a recipe for a "Liquid Soap" that I am going to try as soon as I can get the ingredients:
1 ounce Avocado Oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
11 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil (shortening)
3.1 ounces KOH (potassium hydroxide)
8 ounces water
BUT, the only thing I dont like about the above recipe is the use of soybean oil, so I will have to figure out if I can substitute something else, or just find a new recipe...

We sold Lily/Alice to the nicest people! I wish they lived closer. They are going to use her for a "nurse-cow" for a little orphan calf they got from their neighbors. There was a HUGE grass fire that burned many many acres and this little calf got burned and they couldn't pair her back up with her mother after everyone was moved to a safe location. They are dealing with Lily's pushiness with a cattle prod and it's working nicely! She hasn't totally accepted the calf yet, so they are still putting her in a shoot when it's time for Baby Smokey to nurse.


Teresa said...

Hey, check out the recipes at these links ... you might like them better:

FourMileFarm said...

THANKS so much! I'm checking them out now. :o)