Philip Green wrote:
A Philipsen wrote:Pine needles can cause abortions in cattle. Goats seem to be surprisingly tolerant of toxins (my one azalea is dead and my goats aren't), but that might be something to consider if your goats are or will be bred.
This winter I cut down pine trees (have way too many of them) as a supplement to the goats hay. They chomped through them happily all winter and all 5 bore healthy babies in the spring. So I'd guess its not a problem. What they really love is cedar trees (which are also a natural dewormer), they ate every needle off the cedar I cut down before they would touch the pine needles.
Tyler Ludens wrote:Can anyone recommend a good brand of solar water heater? This would be connected to the existing water heater.
Lauren Dixon wrote:This one was a half-sister to the other baby that we lost, this one being the result of a mother/son breeding. This one, unlike the first baby, seemed perfectly healthy for the first three or four days. She was nursing, and walking around a lot, then suddenly went downhill. The first symptom was extreme muscle weakness, like a little wet rag, and then a tremendous drop in body temperature. Her basal temp was down to 98 F even when she was in the house, wrapped up, with a hairdryer on her. What a nightmare!
After doing a necropsy, I have been thinking that her rumen got so big that it pressed into her lungs and suffocated her. As she died, she began gasping for breath, and stopped breathing about 1-2 minutes before her heart stopped. Would a quick stomach tubing have released the pressure and solved this, like it would a simple case of bloat in any other animal? When I picked her up and shook her, she had the classic floppy kid symptom of the sound of sloshing in her belly, and when I did the necropsy, I found that her rumen was mostly full of air, with some spoiled milk in there as well. This seems strange, as I was certain goats could burp! Just wanting to figure out what I was seeing.