At least two of our new hens have started laying eggs. It will be a few more weeks until the eggs are up to full size, but for first eggs they are bigger than I was expecting to see. We will be so glad to go back to fresh eggs from free range hens!
In other news, today is day 141 for Tsunami and she is acting very much like she is ready to be done with the kids kicking her ribs. Unfortunately temps are barely above freezing at 10am this morning so we will have to keep a close eye on her as babies born in these temps run the distinct risk of getting frost bite before she could get them clean and dry on her own. And that means I may very well find myself sleeping in the barn tonight in a sleeping bag that is only rated to 40 degrees! Can you say COLD!
Here is Tsunami a few days ago after her maternity trim - something she was less than thrilled to participate in.
The OSU ultrasound and surgical castration clinic is going to be held on Friday, February 10, 2011 from 11am-4pm. The dehorning clinic will be held the following Monday at the same times. The clinics are free, but advanced registration is required and can be made by calling the large animal services at 541-737-2858.
They will not dehorn pregnant goats, but if you have goats you want to have an ultrasound done on AND goats that need to be dehorned you can make arrangements to do both on Monday so that only one trip is needed to their facilities.
I checked with the OSU vet college today to find out when the annual goat & sheep week is going to beheld this year. The students will be studying goats and sheep the week of Feb 6th - 13th, but they have not yet determined on what day they will have the ultrasound clinic.
They will call me when they have nailed down a date and I will pass that info along so if you have does that are at least 30 days bred you can bring them to the University for an ultrasound.
Prior registration is required, but the ultrasound itself is free. They also usually have a free dehorning and surgical castration clinic offered during that week as well. And I will get those dates published as soon as I get the info.
And yes, you read that right. ALL of the specific training that these future vets are getting is ONE WEEK that covers both goats and sheep. And it is precisely this reason that so many goat owners learn to do so much of their own veterinary work.
Had a bit of sunshine to welcome in the New Year and decided I'd better take advantage of it to get my least favorite chore done. Because the only thing worse than trimming hooves is trimming the hooves of wet goats!
While we are out there we noticed that some of the ladies seem to be suddenly showing especially Tsunami (the mostly white doe on the right). I think she is due the end of January or in early February, although it is possible that she isn't bred to Sparky, but is bred too Mojo which would put her kidding date in March.