We are a family of 6, 2 adults and 4 kids. We have 3 dogs, an 8yr old chocolate Lab, a 3yr old Pom Mix and a 13 yr old Yorkie. We also have 2 cats, 14 chickens (3 of which are roosters!!!) and 3 goats. The goats are a recent addition to our family as of late January. Everything went fine for the first week or two and then we started having some problems with bloating. One of the babies ended up dying but then things calmed down and the other 2 were doing well. A few weeks later, they stopped taking their bottles again and this time it turned out to be parasites. A 3-day course of dewormer and they were back on track. Things have slowed down and everyone seems to be doing pretty good. After a little browsing at the FiasCo Farm website (http://fiascofarm.com/) and several others, I decided to incorporate my experience (note experience, not expertise) with natural medicine into my goat care. The boys, Po and Nat, have been on an immune tincture (find the recipe on the My Recipes page) that we make and use ourselves along with probiotics, and kelp. I started Simon, the new baby, on probiotics yesterday and hopefully this will help him to have a healthy and uneventful kidhood!
On another note, I am dealing with coryza in my chickens. Bought a new batch of chickens who were a couple months old (NEVER do this!!!), waited a couple weeks then introduced them in with my exisiting chickens (6 Rhode Island Reds and Black Stars) and sure enough, one of the new chickens began showing symptoms of an illness. I immediately separated her from the flock but it was too late. The most obvious symptom of coryza is the smell. Believe me, you never want to smell that smell. Anyways, long story short, I have lost one of my RI Red hens to it but have kept everyone else alive so far with the use of GSE (grapefruit seed extract) in their water and some additions to their diet (green tea, anyone?) We just put 1 dropperful of GSE in their 1 gallon water container daily. We have even used it to help prevent illness in us and it really seems to help. For chickens with an active infection, I dosed them with colloidial silver in addition to the GSE. For very sick chickens who were no longer eating, I forced down a few dropperfuls of store brand Ensure or almond milk along with my homemade nutri-drench (hemp oil, molasses, kelp and bee pollen) a few times a day. By day 3, my most recent sick chicken, Nancy Sinatra, was out and about and feeling much better. I did not do this with Autumn, the RI Red, and she died on day 4.
|Simon, our newest baby|
Well, that's probably enough for today. Enjoy the pictures of our kids...aren't they just the cutest?