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Title: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on June 02, 2018, 08:23:52 PM
My son just called me here at work. He and his girlfriend where feeding the bottle kids and found the newest doeling, 3 weeks old, with a broken rear leg. He said the bone was snapped in half. They are going to splint it best they can until I can get home after work. I got a few supplies here at work, so hopefully I can get her leg set straight so the bone will set correctly. I have her, her brother and her mother being put back in their small stall to limit her movement for now.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on June 02, 2018, 09:01:52 PM
Oh that's so sad.  Sure hate to hear this.  Bone infection is your worst enemy right now...get her on some high powered bacterial antibiotics Deb.  Rockytopsis and Dixiecup both lost goats to broken legs that had mended but the bone infection killed them.  Keep us updated on how she is doing.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on June 03, 2018, 03:47:35 PM
Bad break, entire lower leg bone is snapped in half, just above the fetlock joint. My son got it wrapped, splinted and stabilized for me but I had to remove it as it was too tight and had cut off the circulation. I was given some stuff from work and got it rewrapped. This morning her foot is warm and she is walking a bit, enough to eat. I have mom and the 2 kids in their maternity pen, so it's small and she doesn't have to do a lot of walking.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on June 05, 2018, 05:22:03 AM
how's she doing now?  I do hope this baby makes it. 


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on June 05, 2018, 11:26:18 AM
She's hopping around the tiny stall and getting around enough to eat. Hoof is warm, so the circulation is still there.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Julie H on June 05, 2018, 01:53:13 PM
Poor baby  :'(  It sounds like she is doing ok.  I hope she helps well and has no complications.   Any idea what might have happened??


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on June 06, 2018, 06:15:08 AM
This sounds pretty good for the terrible break that she has.  Hopefully she continues to do well.  I'm praying for the little girl.  Have you named her? 


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on June 09, 2018, 03:43:51 PM
Her name is Hersey, she's the same color as Hersey chocolate.

She must have climbed up and gotten her foot stuck and then either tried to jump down or was butted off by another goat.

She was doing well up until last night. Sometime during the wee hours of the morning (I finished final after work chores at 0200), Hersey lost her splint (I think her mother probably stepped on it and the leg slipped out). When I found her this morning, the leg was swollen and the break had rebroken. I rebandaged her leg and am hoping for the best.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on June 10, 2018, 06:30:59 AM
Awww...that poor baby.  Deb do you have her on banamine?  That must be awful painful.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Julie H on June 10, 2018, 02:02:22 PM
Oh NO !!  Poor girl  :'(


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on June 10, 2018, 04:59:45 PM
Early on she was on Banamine, but I won't give it to them more than 3 days in a row. It causes stomach issues.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on June 11, 2018, 05:28:42 AM
banamine is hard on those babies for sure...but the pain is even harder.  I tried that Arnica Montana that Lori (Sweetgoats) used...it works after about 2 days of giving it, but you have to give so much of it too many times throughout the day.  I couldn't afford that for very long.  Ice packs were cheaper...lol.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on June 16, 2018, 10:53:00 AM
I have been letting mom and kids out of that tiny pen for a few hours during the day. They have free run of the barns midway. Nike, the buckling, was escaping anyway and giving his mother fits, so I let them wander and get some exercise After before work chores until my son shows up to water and feed the bottle kids in the evening. Hersey seems to be holding her own as long as she doesn't get the splint off again.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Julie H on June 16, 2018, 12:51:50 PM
Glad to hear she is holding her own.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on June 18, 2018, 05:25:33 AM
Well that's good to hear.  Sounds promising.  I'll bet they were getting stir crazy.  Babies tend to do that.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on July 07, 2018, 06:05:27 PM
So, Hershey had managed to get her splint off twice, both times re-breaking the healing bone. The 3rd time I had to resplint it,  it finally stayed on. (I used vet wrap). Now, a little over a month later she was bouncing and hopping so I took it off. The break has healed but there is a good sized calcium deposit at the break site and her hoof now tips out a little. No show career for her, sigh, and probably no buyers either. But, at least she is healthy and not lame.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Julie H on July 08, 2018, 01:32:12 PM
I am glad she healed ( despite her interference!)  Maybe a home as a pet would be in her future??


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on July 08, 2018, 03:55:05 PM
I'd be afraid to send her to a pet home. Up here, people are taking goats as pets but lying and reselling them to meat buyers.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Julie H on July 09, 2018, 01:02:54 PM
oops...


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Julie H on July 09, 2018, 01:03:08 PM
 :o

That is an awful thing to do.  Are prices that good up there?  We have kind of fallen here lately.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on July 09, 2018, 05:05:35 PM
No, prices are not great up here, but some of the bigger dealers ship down to Pennsylvania where the prices are very good. These people will take anything, even super producing, well bred does, they don't care. There are flippers up here that will deal down an owner, especially newer ones, so they get really nice animals or pets for cheap or free and then turn around and sell them for meat to a dealer. Some of the flippers have been caught by local owners and their names plastered on local sites, but some people don't have access to them or never think to check.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: imalilbirdie on July 10, 2018, 05:42:55 AM
oh lord, I hate those kind of people.  Livestock traders is what they are called down south.  I bet you remember what happened with me and an ex-member of the forum who did that to me with 3 bucks she bought from me, under contract that when she was finished with them that they return to me.  Oh yeah, I did every thing I could to bankrupt her and I finally got it done...with the help of another forum member who lived further south.  She will never be able to buy, sell or trade another goat.  Totally black balled her so bad that we ran her out of the state.

Deb, maybe we should have had the vet set her little leg and put a cast on it?  I'm wondering if he could still do that?  I've seen it done before.  Shame she has this deformity.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on July 10, 2018, 04:05:26 PM
There is no decent goat vet in my area. I am not going to put her through a break and more time in a cast. She really isn't deformed, most bones will build up a calcium deposit around a break, and there is no guarantee that the hoof wouldn't be twisted because she managed to get the cast/splint off.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: Pat on July 11, 2018, 09:34:06 PM
Oh, how I wish you were closer...I'd bring that little girl home and spoil her rotten.  You could probably smell her from your place if the wind was right!)  She'd never be bred (we decided we weren't going to do that with any of our doelings), she'd be spoiled and a little too fat (vet fussed at us, and so all of our boys and girls have slimmed down a bit.)  They're all a lot too big and heavy to be lap goats any more, but they're still cuddle-bunnies (and, in the case of Beans, butt rubbers.)

Glad she's doing so well.  You're  a marvelous goat-mom.  Do you think she can handle a breeding/pregnancy with the leg?  If she can, and if she's got the bloodlines you want, the break shouldn't be a problem....ancient history.


Title: Re: Broken leg
Post by: dragonlair on July 14, 2018, 05:15:26 PM
Oh, it's healed quite well and she is jumping and bouncing all around the place. I'm sure by the time she would be bred (She's only 12 weeks or so now) her leg will be fine. I just don't want her going for slaughter.