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“Aroyu Ate the Wrong Plant”

For once the sun decided to shine in Western Washington, so I rigged up the goaters and headed into the forest for late afternoon pastoral shenanigans. ‘Roy, Aster, and Isöl sported their respective saddles. It’s worth noting that once the goats begin to associate being saddled with “getting to go on a hike”, they suddenly hold quite still and are very compliant with being tacked up. You bust out the packs and saddles and they suddenly fall into line and…

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“Turkeys as Flock Protectors”

If you’ve kept turkeys, you likely have a strong opinion about them one way or another.  Depending on the kind and quality of turkeys you kept, you may have read this post title and laughed out loud. It’s true  that turkeys come in a wide array of dispositions.  From “too dumb to keep itself alive” to “too smart to corner or catch”, turkeys can be inexplicably stupid, inappropriately violent, unreasonably skittish, or valuable beyond measure. Over the last many years…

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“Casper’s a Down-Goat”

A friend of mine recently got ahold of me, a few days before Christmas.  Their buck, Casper, had been refusing food and water for a couple days and wasn’t moving.  The previous day he was a down-goat, and they honestly didn’t expect him to survive the night.  But the next morning he was up on his feet again.  They expected the goat to die at any time, and the local goat vet wasn’t going to be able to come to…

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“Goats and Calcium Stones”

A lot of farmers are aware that many ungulates are prone to urinary calculi.  These are stones, kidney and bladder stones, that can potentially clog the urinary tract.  The risk is greater in male animals due to their more petite urinary tract, compared to the females’.  It’s said that intact males fair better than males castrated young, as they are able to develop larger tracts, but it seems like most of the horror stories I’ve seen and heard happened with…

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“A Recent Anecdote on Handling Infected Wounds”

I wanted to talk about some fairly recent wounds I acquired and healed from.  The description of these might be a little more graphic than I usually bother with, but I feel compelled to write about it because I see “Infection Terror” in so many people. Infection in the body happens for many reasons.  Pus is not always something to be frightened of.  Sometimes foreign material enters the body and is encapsulated in pus and pushed out through the skin,…

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“Nova’s Tribulations: Poison”

Nova the Cat has the worst luck.  This poor, gentle little soul has endured so much ill fate. It was a particularly frigid winter, I had just moved again and was situated up in the mountains in a very rural area.  I kept an extra close eye on the cats in the sub-zero temps wer were having. It was so cold that I was bringing them inside at night. A day came when I hadn’t seen Nova all day. Very…

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“Baby Goats Have Arrived!”

BABY GOATS!  After 5 months of eager anticipation (the last 2 months of which were even more eager once we stopped milking in late  January and instantly began missing fresh cheese), we have beautiful baby goaters! Tisl birthed first, 48 hours later than her technical due date.  She was stealth-preggers, barely showing any baby bulge right up to birthing.  I expected only 1 kid out of her.  But she produced 2 beautiful kids.  I had just checked on her that…

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“Elk X-ing: a short animated comic”

I made this little comic because this particular story is a funny, expressive tale I enjoy telling, but it just doesn’t quite fit into text.  Text alone can’t capture the emotions of the event.  To some the humor in this story may seem a bit morbid, but it all depends on your perspective.  We take it lightheartedly- thus is life living in an area loaded with wildlife.  And no, we didn’t go back to look, but we considered it! The…

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“Neoma’s Tribulations: The Hawk”

I was on the phone when I heard little Neoma yelping on the hill behind the house.   I listened keenly, assuming she was simply distressed upon realizing how far she was from us.  She came running home, whining, but not in a way that alarmed me. I listened, curious about what the issue was.  Then when she got to the front porch she exploded in hysterical screaming. I quickly hung up my phone call and ran outside. She sat…

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“When Pigs Fly”

  Andy: “Jen, Bill’s stuck.” Me: “What?” Him: “I went to see why ravens were gathering in the pasture.  I thought he was dead, but he’s just stuck.” Me: “How is he… stuck?” Him: “Come check it out.” We go investigate Bill the boar.  Bill the 1,000lb Hampshire boar.  Indeed, Bill was accustomed to sleeping on the steep dusty hillside.  He normally laid down with his feet facing downhill, making it easy to roll over right into a standing position.…

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