Close Call

I’ve had great success as we’ve added two miniature horses (we sold a foal), two miniature donkeys, two miniature fainting goats, twelve chickens, four ducks (although we now have 2 females only after having given away two males) to our Mini S Ranch.  It’s really become a fun little petting zoo many people enjoy. I love teaching kids about the different animals.

The most recent purchase (which finishes up the plan for animal purchases), was for two female Nigerian Dwarf Goats.  I love my fainting goats, but I decided to change it up with a different kind this go-round.  Hannah and Haley came  home a week and a half ago.  When I saw Haley, I asked if she was weaned.  They assured me she was.  She hadn’t grown at all since the month before when we saw her!

Even though they spent the night in the barn, in a large crate with an insulated blanket that was full of fresh straw, and wearing sweaters, Haley being so small became hypothermic.  My heart dropped when I saw her.  Thanks to a friend who raises the miniature fainting goats (where I got Hank and Houston), she gave great advice on what to do to try and save her.  My husband and I scrambled all day to do what was needed to bring her around.  I was not very optimistic looking at her.  By the grace of God however, she pulled through.  I took her to the vet as a follow up last Monday.  They gave her a shot to help improve her immune system.  She now gets milk replacer three times a day in addition to fresh water and free fed hay.  I tried the bottle but she gets too much air in her tummy.  The little push dispenser works great for her.

Haley was the runt of the litter.  Even now she is so tiny although she’s doing better. She also had an eye infection which I was able to treat with over the counter ointment that was vet approved.  She’s such a little affection cutie that wants held.  Hannah is doing great and has very healthy lungs!

I love my Mini S life!

Scratch and Itch

Legacy head onSpring is here and with it comes the itching and scratching of the horses.  My little minis are ready to be scraped clean of the thick heavy coat that protected them all winter.  My chicken run is alongside the barnyard for the horses and donkeys.  Last night as I walked to the house from putting them away from the pasture, I heard something.  I look back and see Legacy literally leaning against the chicken run and walking along to scratch his itches.  I have Scratch-n-alls at the stalls, which they use frequently already – and I highly recommend.  So I walked back and grabbed the brushes and blocks.  I was removing layers of hair from him and he stood absolutely still for a while, enjoying the feeling of my attention and the removal of hair.  After a while though he stomped his foot, letting me know he’s had enough for now.  I think I removed a quarter of the hair he had.  I get as much enjoyment out of grooming them as they do, I’m sure.  It gives me a content feeling that makes me truly happy. I’ll be brushing him down for a while now to remove the old hair, each time giving him a sense of relief as the warmer temperatures move in.  I’ll work on America as well.