I'm just weary to the bone with the constant barrage of problems here with animals. The constant mud; the heat taking its toll on everything from my chickens to dogs to cats; the parasites and worms that abound everywhere. It's tiring.
I'm not saying farm life is supposed to be easy, and maybe we just had a great streak of "luck" with all the various animals back north over the years. But, every animals we've had here on this homestead has been a trial. A failing trail :o(
Our chickens have all failed. The Buffs, the Reds, the Barred Rocks, the Red Stars and the the Black Sexlinks...well over 125 birds in 4 years. That's ridiculous.
The horse. Now, she wasn't exactly a failure. Just green and wild as the grass. Well, not that the grass around here is green, but you get the idea I'm sure.
Those blasted hogs. Ugh.
And now the goats. We started off with the abscesses. I started gleaning all I could from friends, goat lists and more. I haven't put the money into blood work ups or anything, but we are battling, rather uneffectively at best, CL here.
Without placing the goats in a sterile room we can sanitize beyond reason, there's nothing else we can do here. Rachel has a lump coming from well below her ear and across her neck. It won't be lanced, as even the vet agrees we are within the lymph region and it wouldn't be a good idea to open her up to far more infection/disease/whatnot.
So, what do we do? We've done penicilin shots, sufla boluses, and now another round of antibiotics (Baytril). There is no change. And Leah, the first goat we had issues with and had to lance, has sprouted another coming abscess. Hers is in an area we can lance again, but I'm growing weary of lancing what seems to be an endless supply of LUMPS here :o(
Does anyone have any other ideas? And other resources I should be reading? Any good CL stories out there at all? Am I destined to simply get rid of these goats? They have great blood lines and it seems like such a waste...