How many goats is too few?
I've learned a lot from Artemesia's
case of (probably) listeriosis. With 20/20 hindsight, I wouldn't
have bred a goat who wasn't in peak health. I would have paid more
attention when extra rations weren't enough to get her weight back on.
And even though a fecal exam suggests worms aren't implicated after
all, I definitely could have dosed our doe with B vitamins and perhaps
some with other supplements as well to get her back on track early on.
But the biggest lesson
learned is that two goats really might not be enough goats. Goats are
herd animals, and I wonder whether having only her daughter around
isn't a low-level stress that cuts into Artemesia's peace of mind.
Something to ponder if
Artemesia bounces back and pops out a girl kid or two. In the meantime,
though, my attention will remain riveted to the new leaves on the
honeysuckle vines, which are providing such excellent goat fodder
during Artemesia's rebound.
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