Last Friday was my Friday the 13th, the reason why there was no post from me last week!
What had been a fine day went downhill fast when I went out to check on a doe that was due to kid and found Emmett on the wrong side of the fence with a broken leg. Emmett had decided the other side of the fence was a better place to be and in the process of jumping the gate got hung up and broke his leg. While I was running around getting supplies ready to take care of his leg, I noticed my neighbors horses were loose, one grazing in my yard and the other in a steep ravine behind my house. The one in the yard wasn’t about to be caught, so I carefully made my way through the woods, trying to avoid the icy patches, and was able to catch the other one. I walked him to our pasture hoping the other one would follow, which he did eventually but was in no hurry. Then back to getting things ready to set Emmett’s leg. When my husband and kids got home we worked by flashlight to get his leg in the right position, wrapped it, then placed a 2 inch PVC pipe split in two around the break, and wrapped it with vetwrap. So far he’s doing okay, although I don’t think it’ll ever be normal. Only time will tell.
Then we had more trouble. We had put our meat birds out in the chicken tractor a few days earlier in the week, and while doing chores I noticed a hole in the wire of the chicken tractor. Then I noticed we were missing 5 chickens, this on top of my two ducks that had been missing for a few days. In talking with my neighbor, she had discovered a bobcat was living in a ravine between her house and mine and found white feathers all around that area (my ducks). It hasn’t bothered anything this week, but it needs to go as I can’t lose any more animals.
Annalee delivered triplet bucks on Sunday. I checked three times hoping I was wrong and that there was at least one girl in there, but no. So all kids have been boys thus far. Two more does are due tomorrow. Maybe they’ll give me girls and even things out. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
The kids are so much fun to watch on the playground! They jump and spin and chase chickens and climb and just enjoy life!
And then they sleep.
Have a great weekend!