Sunday, December 5, 2010

Having animals

As soon as the sun begins to rise each morning I let my chickens out of the chicken house. This morning when I opened the door, sadly I found Danni, my little comic, dead on the floor. No injuries, no blood, nothing. She was fine and being her silly self last night when I locked everyone up. She showed no signs of illness so am somewhat baffled as to why she died. And she was about two years old so it sure wasn't old age. Out of all the chickens, she was one with a sense of humor.

She was given a proper burial complete with a prayer. I can only hope the hole is deep enough so the wildlife won't dig her up. She is buried on one of the hills on the property away from the rest of the chickens as well as the rest of the animals. I feel bad for her having to be buried so far away. You know, all alone on a hill.  

For three days I have been worried about Arnold. He either has laminitis ( inflammation of the hoof) or forming hoof abscesses in his front feet. And he seems to be on the sad side. He isn't his usual handsome self. I have been giving him Banamine ( a drug for inflammation) to help ease his discomfort. Thankfully my farrier is coming out Tuesday morning and hopefully we can found out exactly what is going on with his feet. Distinguishing between laminits and abscesses can be somewhat of a challenge especially in donkeys.  
Regardless of what is wrong with him, I am contemplating bringing him to the house where there is a breezeway between the house and garage. I can put some rubber stall mats down with some shavings and keep him there until he feels better. Arnold was the first donkey rescue and he is very near and dear to my heart.

And speaking of donkeys. Everytime I drive the Gator out into the pasture they just have to make it a point to come over and see if their is any food. And it just so happened I had hay this time. Good times!

While out checking on Arnold, Oreo goat came up and wanted to be petted. Out of all the goats she is the friendliest and enjoys a good scratch.

Having animals does keep us on our toes!

Oh, just to let you all know, I pleaded with the neighbor about letting Betsy goat come live with me, but he flat refused. Said he loved her and would miss her. Um, okay, sure didn't miss her when she was in my pasture for x-amount of months! I can only hope she will be okay. But a part of me says otherwise.

Until next time............................


  1. Sorry to hear about Danni. She sure was pretty.

    I believe Oreo is a ham :-)

    Yah, think a little hospital in the breezeway, may be needed every so often anyway. I hope Arnold gets fixed right up!

  2. Gotta love Oreo!!!
    Hope you can determine what is happening with Arnold soon. Being closer to you may help.
    Poor Danni, didn't get a good chance to really appreciate the new place.
    Take care.

  3. I'm sorry about Danni, and I really hope Arnold doesn't have laminitis. Best of luck.
    The photo of Oreo is adorable.

  4. Oh I hope Arnold is feeling better soon, it always breaks my heart to see an animal down, and I know how painful those foot problems can be for them. But you are such a good donkey mom,I am sure he will be up and about soon. And it is such a common problem with them. Love Orea, she is cute.
    So sorry about Danni, she sure was a beauty too.

  5. I'm so sorry about Danni and I hope Arnold will be OK.

  6. Whenever one of our chickens suddenly dies, we chalk it up to a heart attack. One time Mike witnessed one of our hens fall over, sort of have a seizure, and stop breathing. She was fine one minute and dead the next.

    Hope Arnold will be OK.

    You have a stupid neighbor, but unfortunately, we all do.

  7. Sorry to hear about Danni and then Arnold's problems. I've had chickens do that on occasion over the years--seem healthy then just find them dead. One looked like he was just strolling along and over he went. I'm also sorry to hear that Betsy's owner 'loved' her too much to let her go. Oh how people make me so angry! We have a similar situation here-only it's an intact Angora buck 'rescued' from going to the auction, only to get off his ROPE and run loose for three months during the summer (on two busy highways). I finally had to call her and tell her to corral her animal--which I hated to do for his sake--because he was trying to break into the sheep (breeding season). So now he is in a fairly roomy paddock but has now eaten it all to the ground and is so hungry. When I talked to her (she will no longer speak to me) about corralling him, she told me how she 'rescued' him and that she 'cares very much about him'. Right. Thats why he is starving, and why he is intact and why he is all alone, even though he is a flock animal. Oh, and I guess that is also why he rarely gets any fresh water.... All for love. Poor Betsy and poor you, for trying so hard and having to leave her behind. Take care, and I hope things get better soon.

  8. I'm sorry about your beautiful and funny Danni. And I so hope that Arnold is alright and feeling back to himself very soon.

    At least you tried with Betsy! I know that wasn't the answer you wanted, but at least you tried.

  9. So sorry to hear about Danni, and I hope the ferrier can help figure out what's going on with Arnold. You certainly do give your animals the best possible care.

  10. Cindy, so sorry to hear about Danni and Arnold. These critters do have a way of tugging at our heart strings, don't they? Betsy goat's "owner" sounds like a real piece of work!

    I hope the farrier is able to help Arnold get back to normal.


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