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CloversMum Posted - Mar 21 2016 : 7:47:26 PM
This is my second thread of what happened at our farm today ... first it was Clover and the Big, Bad Tire and now this.

CoralBelle was born on March 3 and her twin is LilyBelle, two purebed Oberhasli doelings.

Just two days ago, I transitioned all seven goat kids from bottle feeding to a bucket feeder.

So at noon my crazy goat friend and I headed down to the barn to feed the goat babies with the new feeder. As we headed into their pen, two little kids escaped. I caught one and lifted her back into the pen. Reached for the other one and as I was setting her down into the pen, she jumped and got her foot stuck in the fence. She landed with a cry and immediately I knew something bad happened. Her right rear foot was dangling. My friend was sitting with the goats already with the feeder and just lifted her up. Little CoralBelle grabbed a nipple on the feeder and started eating! Good grief, nothing gets in her way for eating. I, however, just crumbled. This was just after Clover's crisis ... my heart was breaking. Took a few deep breaths, called WSU again, and then carried my goat kid up to the car.

Coralbelle was calm and quiet, unless you touched her leg. She was alert and snuggled into my friend's arms in the car.

WSU asked me if I wanted a punch card ... smile. :) They took radiographs of her leg. Definitely broken; however, it broke in the middle of the bone, no joint or growth plate was involved. They needed to give her gas and then then gave traction while placing a cast on her leg.

We held her as she woke up and then she actually stood up!
On our way home:

Got home and put her in a box in our mudroom with her twin for company. She never missed a feeding!

The cast is not to get wet but she is encouraged to walk on it and use her leg. We take her back in two weeks to get recasted since she will grow. Hopefully, she'll need a cast for only 4-5 weeks.

They expect her to make a full recovery. Me?? After Clover and CoralBelle, I'm thinking a full recovery might take a bit. My heart just hurts and the tears came easily today.
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Sydney2015 Posted - Mar 23 2016 : 09:27:20 AM
I like that one, Cindy!

Charlene, the same thing happened to my 4-H Coordinator, he's all about the goats! I don't know much, but he did say she got out of her pen and got stuck in the fence!
farmlife Posted - Mar 23 2016 : 07:49:35 AM
It is right up my alley, Cindy. In the spring I usually put a lined flannel over my hoodie. Then I truly have some style. I'm picturing you in you cotton dress, farm boots, and packing a pistol. Whew, look out world! (and snakes, wild pigs, etc.)
txbikergirl Posted - Mar 23 2016 : 06:59:26 AM
here you go keeley, right up your alley...

i am not quite a hoodie person, but anything fleece and flannel is my thing all winter. hence why i was drawn to charlene's flannel shirt/jacket, i truly thought it was a lovely thing! and of course i am all about cotton dresses the rest of the year - them and some farm boots and life is good.
CloversMum Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 8:55:30 PM
I'd purchase one from you, Keelsey! I'm always checking to see what is on my clogs! :) I do wear my barn boots around the farm usually.

Little CoralBelle is doing well (I agree that her cast is pretty darn cute, Cindy!... we took her down to the barn this afternoon to play where her cast would keep dry. She even climbed up to the top of a wood chip pile we have in the barn.

farmlife Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 7:40:09 PM
Okay fellow farm fashionistas. My go to for anything farm is a hoodie. I love the front pouch pocket (handy for eggs and other treasures) and I'm not picky about what they look like. My favorite one is probably 20 years old. Tonight when I went out to milk I grabbed a hand me down hoodie from my oldest (Hand me downs from my 13 year old, who knew?) and replaced the sweater I wore to school. When my 11 year old son saw what I was wearing he said, "Basketball is your life?" since that is what the hoodie has printed on it. I had to laugh out loud. When I put it on I was thinking, "Score, brand new hoodie. Good thing that kid grows so fast so I have more farm clothes!" His brother saw it differently. :) I think I should design farm hoodies. They could say, "Farming is my life." or "Honk if you milked your cow today." or "Do I have manure on my clogs?" I would make that one for you, Charlene.

Coralbelle is looking healthy and happy despite her cast.
txbikergirl Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 5:10:18 PM
i know it isn't funny, but it just makes me smile and laugh out loud the cuteness of that little cast !
CloversMum Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 10:42:13 AM
CloversMum Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 10:25:16 AM
Cindy, you are a hoot! Commenting like a style review!! Let me explain the behind the scenes ... grabbed my clogs as those can be put on while holding a goat kid with a broken leg ... plaid jacket was my grandpa's and I wear it ALOT ... its big and covers many flaws :). Also notice the stripped socks with the plaid ... a fashion faux pas, but perhaps not in the farmer wear category. And, finally notice that the head and hair are cropped out ... today was the day that not a styling device had touched my head and neither had any touch of makeup! Yes, I am still the farm gal that likes to milk wearing pearls! :) My hair was pulled back into a clip and sticking out in the most bizarre fashion. No wonder the WSU vets and staff were so very kind ... they could tell it had been one of those days.

My animals don't care how I look and I love that. Now today? Hair is done and I'm feeling slightly more put together so I'm guaranteed not to see anyone or have to go anywhere! Murphy's law.

Little Coralbelle is clunking around with her cast ... she can't walk too much in her little box in the mudroom but I'll take her down to the barn to walk around. It is too wet and muddy and snowy to take her outside ... her cast is to stay dry.
NellieBelle Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 08:37:12 AM
Well Charlene, let's say you weathered the storm, and things will calm down now. A day like that is enough for a long while. No repeats. Hoping for smooth sailing for all farm animals and their owners. Like Ron would say, All's well that ends well, (but man what a ride).
txbikergirl Posted - Mar 22 2016 : 06:08:35 AM
first off, you look quite dashing in the berry flannel and sharp jeans and clogs - the farmgirl fashionista can take on the world charlene! and the color of the goat contrasts lovely, looks quite sharp in fact. so rest assured you got it all handled and are doing great, and between human kids and farm animals you are bound to have a day where one or both of them all just drive you bonkers. since the health of all looks good in the end, at least a little tired and bonkers is the only thing making you a little worse for the wear.

good luck. i think an epsom salt bath with the milk and brownies would be divine.
CloversMum Posted - Mar 21 2016 : 8:45:40 PM
Breathing deeply and chocolate brownies were made tonight ... Jersey milk and chocolate help. Although we can't use any of Clover's milk for a few days. Thank goodness for Flossie's milk!

Yes, counting my blessings. I loved the sweet care from the vets. They even signed CoralBelle's cast. Those little things help.
farmlife Posted - Mar 21 2016 : 8:11:00 PM
It has to be so frustrating. Take comfort in knowing that you are an awesome mom to your animals and that freak things to happen. Lots of deep breaths and blessings counted. :)