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Post by AmyLynn on Fri 17 Aug 2018, 11:48 am

Oh wow! A new baby goat...it must be fate! You will gave to take picture and post them once the goats gets there.

You take the best animal pictures ever! I love following your thread.

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Post by AppleCheeks on Fri 17 Aug 2018, 8:37 pm

@AmyLynn wrote:Oh wow! A new baby goat...it must be fate! You will gave to take picture and post them once the goats gets there.

You take the best animal pictures ever! I love following your thread.
"Fate" is definitely the word that I'd use.
Even though the particular line these goats are from are known to throw twins/triplets (Mum is a triplet, her mum was a triplet too!), my friend and I had a discussion about what would happen if there was only one baby. Who would get it even though I was the one doing all the bottlefeeding etc. We came to the agreement that if it was a girl, she would get to have her after she was weaned. If it was a boy, then he would get to stay with me - she has more use for a girl and I only wanted a friend for my other goat, Trouble.
Like I mentioned, there was 3 babies and 2 didn't make it. The two that didn't make it? Both girls. The survivor? A gorgeous little boy!

I'll definitely post some pictures when he's settled. My week is going to be pretty hectic and with it being winter, it'll be a bit weather dependent for pictures. The real trick will be getting him to accept a bottle!

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I was never a fan of posting pictures taken with my cellphone (hey, the quality is poor sometimes) but here's two pictures for you all.

1. A Wet Chicken aka Squigg.
I don't think he's taken a bath since I got him. I've gotten so use to having Beanie and Atlas who basically just "go for a dip" in their water bowls that it didn't even occur to me that Squigg might not have a clue about baths.
Beanie and Atlas hate the mister so I never use it on them but I figured I'd give it a go with Squiggs and oh my gosh! He was so darn cute! Such a happy wee bird - The problem? He decided he needed to get a really good soaking - not the problem - he rolled over slightly... into all the husks from his morning millet. Soaking wet bird.. now covered in millet.
I wish I had of gotten a picture of that instead of just a clean wet Squigg.


2. My Oddball Sable Rex
I've been having a lot of fun working with the "C" locus with my rabbits - I acquired 3 c-dilute rexs back in December, genes that are completely new to me. There is so many modifiers and things that can alter their appearance so even if you have two rabbits who have the same genetics on the known loci/locuses? they can look vastly different.

So genetically speaking, he's a sable. That's obvious in itself anyway but he is very light for a sable.

To kind of show what I mean in the variation regarding modifiers, this is his aunt who is also a sable (they are identical gene wise, it's all modifiers)

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Post by CallaLily on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 9:05 am

Congrats on the baby goat! Goats are so adorable, I look forward to future pictures. Smile

Laughing about Squigg. It must be some kind of rule that freshly clean pets must roll around in something dirty. Laughing

Cute bunnies too. Love

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Post by AppleCheeks on Wed 22 Aug 2018, 3:43 am

The last few days have been.. stressful to say the least.
Callie had surgery to remove two lumps around her shoulder/rib cage area. The vet is pretty certain they're benign which is fantastic news. The problem? She keeps scratching at the suture sights.. with her back legs.. so there isn't any real way to stop her. We've put socks on, kept a really good eye on her and stopped her any time she looked like she was going to scratch but the suture sights still "leak" a little regardless - who wants blood smeared everywhere? Eugh.

I picked up Chance yesterday and my god, I forgot how hard it was to get a kid to accept a bottle. Ideally he should be getting 6 feeds a day of 150ml each time. I'm LUCKY if I can get 50ml into him before he absolutely refuses anymore which of course has me worrying that somehow this will cause serious problems in the future (Yay anxiety).

On top of that? I'm sick. Head cold, chest infection.

And of course my Dad is at the stage of boredom and frustration where he gets annoyed easily. I don't blame him, for a man who is so use to ALWAYS doing something to have to sit down, be house bound and stuck in a cast and crutches for 6 more weeks THEN to still be house bound but in some funky high heels? I'd be going nuts too!

So all in all, I'm stressed. I've cried plenty but that's not the point of this post what-so-ever.

I'd like you all to meet the wee Chance!
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Post by AmyLynn on Wed 22 Aug 2018, 11:57 am

I am sorry you have not been feeling so well. That does make problems seem even harder to overcome.  

All though I have not had to deal with baby goats...I have dealt with several other pet and wild baby animals and the only thing that is predictable is that they are unpredictable. You just have to roll with the punches and do the best you can day by day.  Love love for your animals will carry you through.

Oh...and I love the name Chance!


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Post by AppleCheeks on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 8:50 am

Thankfully today was a much better day, even if health wise I feel so much worse lol.
Chance has finally figured out what a bottle is.. sort of. He still doesn't drink much (50-100ml) but the amount is increasing and better yet? He's suckling! He's actually starting to suck on the teat! Granted he is still a little shy of people and doesn't willingly accept the bottle (so I still have to open his mouth and out the teat in to get him started).
The lady who owns his mum, her kids named him "Lucky Chance" since he was the sole survivor so I shortened it to "Chance" - it also means I don't have to name him which is great! Otherwise he would just end up being called "Goat" or "Trouble #2" lol

Callie, while still scratching every now and then, her suture sights have started to scab over. Mostly. Still a bit oozy but no where near as much and it's 90% plasma ooze (ya know, that clear to slightly yellow tinged fluid that comes with any wound). So we are on the up and up! Sutures get pulled in 5-6 days.

Chance has been coming to work with me the last few days since he needs a few feeds during the times I'm at work. I can't tell you how hilarious it is to see people's faces when they either hear him bleet because its getting close to food time or they see this wee goat jumping around in one of the runs - or alternatively snoozing away on a blanket in the office.
For the record, I work at a boarding kennel and cattery. Regular clients have gotten use to the strange animals I bring into work, others.. not so much.
Terrible cellphone pictures for you Smile
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Post by CallaLily on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 9:02 am

Chance is so cute! I’m glad he’s starting to catch on to the bottle. I hope you feel better soon.

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Post by AppleCheeks on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 2:44 am

Oh my gosh, note to self - never post cellphone pictures! They're such bad quality! Is it weird that I feel like apologizing for sharing such terrible pictures? Laughing

The downside to loving your job and your boss? You feel insanely guilty about taking a day off work when you're sick - it's my first actual sick day off in the 2.5 years I've worked there.
Regardless, I feel sooooo much better though I did spend most of it curled up on the couch nodding off.

In amongst the nodding off, I pruned my wee bamboo plant - yeah, super exciting stuff right? I mean the birds seemed to enjoy the little offcuts. Atlas (Green IRN), Squiggs (Cinnamon tiel) and Beanie (masked lovebird)



And just for added cuteness, a few pictures of Chance for you guys Smile
He's suckling on the bottle like a pro now, 150-200ml each feed EASILY but he looks pretty porky with 200ml. Mind you, according to the recommended amount by this age he should be drinking 350ml. We just can't keep up Laughing




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Post by CallaLily on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 9:56 am

No need to apologize for pic quality. They still get the point across — cute animals! Anyway, my pics are way worse so you won’t hear any complaints from me. Laughing  

The birds are very pretty. I imagine with Chance, much like human babies, so long as they are steadily growing and developing there’s no need to overly worry about the exact amount they’re eating. He certainly looks healthy and full of energy. Smile

I’m glad you’re feeling better.

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Post by AppleCheeks on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 1:50 pm

@callalily that's my theory too with regards to Chance. Funny thing is? Turns out the 4 feeds 350ml thing was for lambs. He's meant to be getting 3 feeds of 450ml lol. I let him drink drink til he was "full" (his decision, within reason of course) and 225ml was all he could manage.

Currently he's getting 5 feeds of 200ml but todays plan is to cut him down to 4 feeds of 200 but increase the amount of milk powder - the water is basically just a convenient delivery system for the milk powder and all its nutrients. When he's big enough to handle more water etc, I'll increase that too.
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Post by AppleCheeks on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 11:38 pm

DNA is back - Little Squiggly is a BOY!
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Post by AppleCheeks on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 1:19 am


I think today was the day I got pushed to my limits. With Dad being in a cast and crutches, there is a lot of stuff that I'm having to do by myself - some of which is stuff I'd normally require help with, a second pair of hands ya know? I've gotten use to most of it so I guess it's not really a worry but overall it's enough to have me stressed.
Today, Dad got his second cast - woo! Only 5 more weeks of cast. Oh wait.. there's still 8 weeks after that of special shoes and being house bound lol.
Callie went in for her post op check (after her lump removal surgery 10 days ago) along with suture removal. 30 minute drive home and bam, she jumps out of the car and bust one of the wounds wide open.
Emergency trip back to the vets, me thinking the worst (after spending $1000 on the lump removal, I didn't think my bank account could handle another surgery) but hey! My vets are pretty amazing and just stapled her up and sent us on our way.

2 weeks of crate rest for Callie - thankfully my Dad is pretty happy to have the company while he's house bound too.
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Post by CallaLily on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 10:54 am

Group Hug I can’t imagine how tough it’s been on you with all the extra work. Don’t forget to take care of yourself too and set some time aside to just do whatever you love or find relaxing each day!!

I hope your dad and Callie’s recovery continue to go as smoothly as possible. I know it’s no fun for them being cooped up either! Heart

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Post by AppleCheeks on Mon 03 Sep 2018, 9:48 pm

So... this happened.
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