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July 6, 2004

Steve our Rooster is Sick

This will be the journal where we enter all our farming information. So far we have 4 chicks, 4 chickens, 2 turkeys, 2 goats, and 5 cats.
Currently our only adult rooster, Steve, is sick. He has been losing a lot of weight, which now he is only skin & bones. He has no energy and has a verocious appetite when we gave him chick feed. So after some consideration as to what he could have, we think its worms. So we went down to the feed store and found something called Pig Swig, which is a dewormer for swine & poultry. We had to make sure his water was taken away last night, and today we start the treatment which goes into the water and is consumed for a few days. Hopefully this will do the trick!


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Goats are Courting

Well Bam Bam and Petals have finally begun the courting process. I noticed this behavior last Sunday. We are hoping when mating season comes around, which is this fall, that we can be expecting a kid from Petals. I didnt notice any courting behavior last year, so this is quite hopeful.

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July 12, 2004

Steve is Better

Since we gave him one dose of the Pig Swig the bumps we discovered in the back of his throat disappeared. He is much more spirited, and slowly gaining weight. So I think Steve just might make it after all. We have him currently with Salt, two turkeys and 4 chicks and they all seem to be getting along just fine in the cage.


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July 14, 2004

Harvest Time

Yesterday I put up one quart of peaches for peach preserves. It turned out good, and this time it came out firm. I used one quart of peaches, which were over ripe, and already peeled. I peel them more easily by tossing them into boiling water for about 2 minutes, then I scoop them out into a bowl and douse with cold water.
Then I boiled them with 1/4 cup water & 3 cups sugar. I used a spaghetti
jar, I forget which brand, but they are Atlas Mason Canning Jars which can be re-used for canning. With the color in which the preserves turned out one would think I had put up spaghetti sauce! Anyway later that evening I went and picked the rest of the peaches since I dont want them to be over ripe so I can slice them for putting up to freeze. If they are slice worthy I will be able to put them in cobbler & peaches, if not then more jam.
Today I picked a lot of the peaches of the back yard peach trees. The others came from the front yard peach tree. This fall we are going to have to drastically trim up the trees, since they are a bit on the wild side. We need to get rid of the bugs that have been slowly taking over the peach trees. This year there was sticky stuff all over the peaches that come from the back yard trees. I forget what causes that. The front yard tree had a lot of worms in them, but I noticed if you catch them before they turn ripe a lot of them were worm-less.
So anyhow we have a lot of work to do in getting the trees in tip top shape. Will have to do research.

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July 19, 2004

In Labor Yet Not

Well we have had much going on lately here on our little farm. First off Thursday our goats found a way out of thier pen. So we had to lure them back in once Brian returned home with some goat chow & a new fence so we can not have them escape again.
Friday I went out to check on the goats in the late afternoon and discovered Petals, our female goat, was having contractions! Now there was no signs of the udder being full of milk, but she was having contractions, she was producing all the right hormonal fluids that pregnancy induces, so I naturally concluded such. So we thought she was in the early stages of labor since I read that the milk bags can fill at the last minute. The picture is of her while she was having a strong contraction, her stomache changed out of shape quite obviously.
Saturday we went about our planned activities, which included clothes shopping for me. When returning we thought for sure she would have had her kid by then, but she hadn't. She had even stopped all signs of labor, although her hind end had changed to show signs of delivery approaching. So we watched her into the wee hours of the night, still no kid or active labor. Just an occasional contraction. So off to get some sleep we did.
Then early Sunday morning she began some heavy laboring including pushing. We thought "a-ha" its coming! But since she has taken so long we were concerned there was complications. By 11am we called a vet, since she had done heavy pushing with NO progess. Brian goes to the vet by 1pm, only to call me a few a littlre while after getting there to tell me he was on her way home. He said the vet thought she was pregnant, since she was showing all signs of last stage of labor, however the cervix was closed up tight, the milk had not come in, and he could not find a kid inside,so he conluded she is either in early preterm labor or has vaginitis. The latter being what he leaned toward so she was treated for such. Now if that wasnt even something to confuse the heck out of someone I dont know what was. For three days we thought she labored, yet NOTHING. Though I thought it strange to go on so long in labor and yet show no signs of trouble. What a strange situation though, but I did read that those raising goats would at least see this once...yet we get it on the first round! How funny!

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