Doe and Ewe Prep

In roughly 4 weeks, kidding and lambing time will begin.  So in preparation for our last season of baby-making, today I did some doe and ewe prep work to keep them and their offspring healthy.  For the does they received their CDT shots and Vitamin E-Selenium.  They had already had their hooves trimmed, copper boluses, and worming done earlier this month.  I checked their condition, their color and the status of their pregnancy.  Here is Patches getting her check up with Billy Asa helping.

Billy and PatchesFor the ewes, they received their CDT shots, worming medication, hoof trimming and copper-selenium-cobalt boluses.  Their condition, color and pregnancy status were also checked.  All the goats showed some udder development but none of the ewes have any yet.  Here’s Monette getting her checkup with Tanya helping.

Tanya and MonetteNotice the chickens looking for hoof bits.  They love them.  All the animals looked good except Meadowlark was a little pale.  I have started supplementing the nutrition of the ewes recently but the does are waiting for a space to open up.  Once the quarantined sheep are moved they will starting getting their grain too.  We have all of our supplies ready so hopefully this will be an uneventful spring with healthy happy does, kids, ewes and lambs!



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6 Responses to Doe and Ewe Prep

  1. Teresa says:

    Can’t wait to see all the babies! Hope it goes smoothly. We’ll start kidding about March 22.

  2. Jody says:

    Thumbs up to that Donna!
    We shear next week and should have lambs on the ground by 3rd week in March 🙂

  3. Gail says:

    Hey Donna,
    I haven’t been reading blogs lately, so had to catch up. So, so sorry to read about the animals you had to rescue. This happened to me a few years ago, and luckily, the neglectful home was just down the road so I knew what was happening. I rescued 6 sheep from that guy– 3 of four I’d sold him and offspring; he “lost” two due to neglect. It was a luckier situation than yours. It’s always heartbreaking. Best wishes in your future operations. It might be nice, for you, to slow down the pace of breeding and selling, too. That’s hard work.

    • Donna says:

      Hi Gail, Sorry you had a similar experience. This guy lives near us, but you cannot see the animals from the road. I had driven by a few times wondering about them but had no idea. It is heart breaking and now I have regrets. I won’t miss the late night barn checks during lambing/kidding season but I will miss the cute playful little ones. But it is all for the best.

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