Challenges just hasn't stopped here in the last few weeks.
Yesterday morning I decided to move some of the does and kids. I thought I had the right kids with the right does...Nope, I had a bunch of screaming kids and mad does. I finally got them back where they were to begin with. Gave the doe who I've been treating for infection her shot and came inside to the computer to order more medications from Jeffers. I also found some temporary collars (ID bands) that are assorted colors you can write on. When they come in I will color code everyone. When I see a kid nursing and the doe is not shoving it away I will figure out who belongs with who.
After placing my order I went out to check on my doe who is due to kid any moment. She doesn't look like she has any intention of giving up those kids any time soon. I met up with Papa Bear and we walked around to the see the new pigs. It has become a habit to count them all each morning to make sure they are all there. Miss Piggy was nursing them. When she got up and all the little piggies started running around I saw one of my worst fears. One of the bigger piggies had been stepped on and had a gaping wound from his neck down and around to his shoulder.
Papa Bear got a loaf of bread to try to keep Miss Piggy occupied so I could get the baby out. I finally caught the pig and handed him across the fence to Papa Bear while dodging Miss Piggy who was highly upset. We got the little pig into the kitchen, threw an old towel on the table to "try" to lay him on so I could see how bad it was. As little as this piggie was, he was strong and did not stop squirming. I have a suture kit here but when I pulled the huge patch of skin back it was very nasty with dirt and pieces of hay. I was afraid I would not get all the trash out and cause a huge infection so I called my vet and left a voice mail.
By the time I had put on clean clothes I still had not had a call back from the vet so I decided to take him to the large animal clinic a little less than an hour from the house. I called and told them what had happened and was on my way. My niece told me not to worry about the Marine. She would stay late if need be.
The vet assessed him and said she could fix him but he would require anesthesia, cleaning the wound and inserting a drain to drain off any infection and then closing the wound. She said it would be approximately $200.00. She also told us most people would just put that young of a pig down. He is only 12 days old. I looked at Papa Bear, he looked at me and then he told the vet to fix him. She said to come back and pick him up between 4:30 and 5:00. When Papa Bear went back to pick him up the bill was $165.00 a little less than we expected. Gourmet Bacon for sure now!
Now I must go and wrestle a goat for more milk. Have a great day everyone!