Goats/Re: Migi

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Hi Donna,
Merry Christmas! Donna u know we've been having terrible weather although its not raining the past 2 weeks we've been having very very very windy condition here & although it dosen't get cold like you're having there it does get cold here at night its very hot & sunny during the day but gets very cold and windy at night & most of the time Migi dosen't want to go into his pen so i let him out in the windy & cold and he stays in one area until hes ready to come inside. Yesterday hes been eating his snack/food & hay all-day but this morning he ate very little snack/food & quite a bit of hay. but he looks very depress and stands in one area. I wonder if it has to do with the weather. Also i gave him MILK OF MAGNESIA last night b/c his poop was starting to get clumpy b/c i gave him some peanut butter wafer cookies. Also my grandnephew came over and he filled some balloons with water and popped them and i told him to pick up the broken pieces & u know i told him b/c Migi will find them. Sure enough yesterday he was chewing & chewing & i said what do u have in your mouth and i opened his mouth and swished my hand around his mouth without trying to get bite and a piece of green colored balloon dropped out of his mouth & i don't know if he had consume more than that piece. Geez its the holidays and the last thing i need is for him to be sick again. I took his temp this morning it was 101.2 but that was about 2 hours ago. He did eat his snack/food + more than 2 flakes of hay and some water but not chewing his cud i'm concerned b/c he only stands in one area looking depress. I wonder whats wrong. Thanks Donna!

Luv,
Me & Migi

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Hi there - the weather really can make goats depressed or less active - a few pieces of balloon usually would not bother a goat, but Migi has such a delicate digestive system that I think anything out of the ordinary can cause upset.  The 101.2 is fine.  Glad he is eating.  Might give him some probiotics - just one mix now and then give his system a chance to get back to normal.  Hope that works.  Let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

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Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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