We lost one

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by bbRedMom, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lil' Bit is dead. Apparently she died giving birth. I gotta get home and see what happened. She wasn't supposed to birth for another three weeks.

    Donnie says her body is stiff, so it must have happened this morning. Which means I can't even save the babies.

    Damn it.
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I am sorry to hear that. What type of animal was Lil Bit?
     
  3. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was a pygmy goat
     
  4. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwww...so sorry. [​IMG]
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry to hear that, bbRedMom. :aww
     
  6. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

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    i am so sorry
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    ..ooh my gosh!!..i'm so sorry to hear this!..poor lil bit!...[​IMG]...so sorry for your loss..[​IMG]..Wendy
     
  8. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, Im home, and I think I know what happened.

    Apparently this morning, not long after I left, one or more large dogs dug under our fence and attacked the goats. Lil' Bit died quickly, probably from a heart attack or something internal-her wounds were superficial and minor.

    Jack has a large portion missing from his back thigh, outlining the size of the dogs mouth. I measured and it is much larger than any of my dogs. He also has hundreds of little nips taken from his flanks, belly, and back. He is staying at the vets, and is touch and go. His temp is up to normal, but flies laid eggs in the wound, and they are worried about the flesh dying. I'll know more tomorrow.

    Rosie, who is a giant goat, is absolutely fine physically. She is very shaken up, and visibly nervous.

    The goats liked to graze in the front meadow. Most of the dogs were probably asleep on the porch. Sophie stayed with Lil Bit constantly.

    Both Sophie and Raymond show signs of fighting, so I'm sure they drove the dogs away. Luckily, they weren't harmed beyond loss of hair and some soreness.

    I'm glad I left all four dogs out with goats. I though about leaving them in, but I dont want to think about what could have happened if the dogs weren't there.

    There are pit/lab/boxer mixes next door that run loose. They are my primary suspects, but there are so many packs of dogs out here, it could have been any pack.

    tomorrow we bring home my dad's rifle. I naively thought that since We had a fence, we didn't need a gun. Stupid me.

    Thanks for reading. Pray for Jack, he needs it.
     
  9. Awww how awful.
    I'm so very sorry for your loss and I hope Jack recovers.
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  10. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your loss, hope the guy pulls thru.
     

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