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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quick Farm Update: Bottle Feeding and Gang Infiltration

Amazingly, the sheet I put up to separate the Bloods from the Crips has worked very well at holding back the two feathered gangs.  Earlier this week though, I caught the Crips silently infiltrating the Bloods headquarters.  They were on the wall, watchful as spies:

The 3 lighter colored chicks love to attack the black chicks
I plugged up their secret passage so now they're having to come up with a new plan.  In the meantime, the Bloods tail feather areas are all healing nicely.

Last year, Pippi's kid died at 2 weeks old of some sort of arthritic condition.  We knew that Pippi's mother had that sort of issue and had to be put down for it.  Pippi's previous owner thought that perhaps Pippi was passing the condition through her milk.  So we decided that with Pippi's twins, we didn't want to take any chances.  We have bottle fed them from day 1 and need to continue to do so until they reach about 3 months of age.  (We keep bandaids on Pippi's teats so the twins don't try to nurse.)  They seem to be thriving.

We all love bottle feeding Fred and George.  (Though I admit I'll be glad when I don't have to do the night time feedings anymore.)  The little goats love us and are extra friendly, always hoping we have a bottle in our hands for them.  The way to a goat's heart is through their stomach.

I need to get a picture of Tabby bottle feeding.  She quickly learned to feed both goats at once.  :)

On another note, Hunter has recently developed an interest in chickens.  Before he never really liked them after they grew out of chick stage.  He thought they were "boring" because they didn't have motors or use electricity.  He's now having fun holding them and says he "loves" them.


  1. awe..... baby goats are so cute! And so are little boys!

  2. Did Uncle Henry have goats? Sounded like he had lots of animals. My only animals growing up were the "regular" pets: dogs, cats, fish, gerbils.

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  4. Lisa, I loved this post! You are a gifted writer and I laughed all the way through it. Hunter sounds like a cute little man with a big personality. Thanks for the morning smiles and chuckles!

    Jana | Nurturing the Heart