We did not get a chance to ride this past weekend -- bummer....wanted to, but there was just too much other stuff getting in the way. But we did manage to trim the goats' hooves and take care of an ailing chicken.
Trimming the goats' hooves is quite the chore. They really wear you out! We generally tether them to the stall door, John holds them, and I do the trimming. Sounds simple, right?? Well, not quite -- they jump and kick and generally act up. Especially Marco (the black goat). He is the smaller of the two, but definitely the worst behaved of the two. I am always telling him, "Marco, you are an ass!!" John just usually kicks him in the rear and says, "I'll kill ya!!!" (Of course he wouldn't really kill him -- but then you never know.....if we get a few of our Serb friends over he could just end up on the spit over the campfire!!) I realized that my trimmers need to be sharpened, but we finally got the job done. I think we need a chute to put them in for this task.
One of the chickens has been having a problem with her foot. I am not sure why, but she lost a toe recently. Then her foot started getting swollen, and she could not walk on it. I started soaking it in Epsom salts and Betadine (my cure for everything). I checked on the internet and found it could be what they call "Bumblefoot." The article said that you need to lance the spot and clean it out, put a bandage on it, etc., etc. I am having trouble getting John on board to help me do this. He wants me to keep trying the soaking -- I don't think that is going to take care of it. If I don't notice an improvement in a few days, then we are going to have to go the surgical route. Not looking forward to that, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I can't just leave her with this problem. Boy, it just never ends. I feel like a veterinary student sometimes!!