Last week was actually a great week, but had bits of drama sprinkled in that took up alot of my time, energy, and brain power. The weather went to full-on roller coaster mode with warm humid days, cold days, and super windy thunderstorm with torrential downpour days. So I had to cover the seed I had just set in the garden and clean up anything that could blow away and that kept me busy. We had the air conditioning on at the beginning of the week because of the heat and humidity, and then we had to turn the heat on because it got back to almost freezing. Crazy spring so far.
I had a few odd animals injuries to tend to – first, I cut one of the goat’s hooves too short and made it bleed. I’ve never don’t that before so I felt so bad. (note – Perdy didn’t even notice because she was eating grain at the time and that’s all she really cares about in life) But there was alot of blood. Or it seemed like alot of blood. I have nothing to compare it too. However, I do excel in first-aid situations so I knew exactly what to do. The first step involved screaming at my hubby to “RUN AND GET THE CAYENNE PEPPER AND MY BOOK!” Cayenne pepper you ask? Yessir! Cayenne pepper is a great blood stop and will cleanse a wound at the same time. And my big herbal book has all the info I could ever need. well…almost all the info…unless you tend to have oddball things happen which did the next day. I’ll get to that in a minute. It took awhile to get the blood to stop flowing out of Perdy’s hoof because she kept kicking me in my efforts to help but I got her all fixed up with the pepper and an herbal salve and she was good to go.
A couple mornings later I went out for the morning feeding and discovered one of the rabbit cages open and Penny was gone. I had a sinking feeling and started looking for the remains that I would surely find. I finally located her underneath the cages – which are only about 6 inches off the ground so it was hard to see a black rabbit hiding there and I missed her the first time I looked. I caught her and discovered that she had a big patch of fur just missing from her face. No blood, no other injuries. Very strange. But she didn’t seem scared or traumatized like something had attacked her so I put some raw local honey on it (another good natural wound treatment) and put here back in her cage with some fresh dandelion and plantain greens and she munched them down. She will be fine.
We think Greg left the cage open when he gave them a late night hay snack and the cat jumped in to explore and Penny hopped out and caught her face on something. The cats love the rabbit cages but don’t really bother the rabbits.
To round out the week I found one of the ducks with her foot caught in some fence netting. She had spent the night with her leg twisted in a weird angle. Duck legs are pretty fragile so I wasn’t hopeful for a good outcome. We set her free and she limped off, with the male duck fussing over her. He’s a good little duck! I hope she will be fine once the stiffness goes away. There’s not much we can do for her and messing with her just stresses her out so we will let her heal on her own.
Hopefully that is all we have to deal with for while. We have been very fortunate to not have many problems so far and these were minor things that I could take care of and did not result in loss of life.
Learning some basic first aid and having my Big Book on hand have been the most important things I could do for our animals. We do have a vet nearby but I don’t want to have to call her for every little thing. What measures do you take? Do you like to learn about natural remedies so that you can ‘do it yourself’ ?