jesse tack wrote:We are at a PDC right now in Detroit and have been considering ways to manage the Japanese knotweed too. Some of the students found research that suggests that the accumulated toxins are in the roots and do not travel up the stem. So we took some machetes and a few folks and chopped em down. Laid right on site, chopped up into smallish pieces. We are sheet mulching it out and could further cover that with other organic matters and plant right into that. We could plant non-edible productive plants though I think edibles might be just fine.
Regan Dixon wrote:Post script, from someone who's not there and can't see what you're seeing. If you're able to go NOW with a thermometer and flashlight, then we could determine or rule out some things, and plan or not, accordingly. Your neighbours may well be right, that it's much ado about little, but I'm basically blindfold, here.
Is her breathing normal?
It seems normal, but she seems a lot quieter than normal.
Her movement normal?
Once she gets up she seems to move OK, but she seems reluctant to stand.
Has she nursed those kids yet? How are their tummies--hollow and sunken, or straight and firm?
She's nursed them well for 11 straight days. They seem very healthy and have grown much more lively jumping about on their own.
How is her udder--normal, or hot, red, swollen?
Her udder seems normal, but pretty empty. It's not swollen like it was before. My friend who's had lots of goats said she might just be tired and fed up of them sucking her dry.
Can you get milk out? Is the milk normal, or lumpy, streaky, off-smelling, or otherwise weird?
Regan Dixon wrote:Okay, let's look at things one by one. If she's eating hay, that's the main thing. If she has bloat or an upset tummy, grain and pellets would not be in order...kind of like someone giving us a heap of greasy fish and chips when we were feeling "off". Nibbling on hay is good. Maybe she'd like some twigs? Pine branches, if you have any, are "good for what ails ye", if you're a goat. Is she bloated? Her belly distended upward on the left, up to or above her spine? If so, baking soda in water, squirted down her throat, followed by massage and walking her around, until the gas passes in whichever direction....
Do keep her apart from Billy. She doesn't need his attentions just now. It is possible that she was in heat, yes already, and it is possible that she's been reimpregnated. Better if they have a break, but let's not tear our hair out about that just now, until we make sure there isn't something more serious going on.
Goats often eat the afterbirth in order to take back that extra nutrition. Mine always do. There may no be much trace left, and if it got rained on or snowed on, or leaves blown over it, or dogs licked up the rest, you're not likely to find anything. If she retained the afterbirth, likely she'd be smelly at the back end by now. Not of pee, not of her goaty self, not of billy...but unfresh meatiness, something gone icky.
Is she peeing and pooping? Drinking water?