Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tick Me Down

The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur for me. Along with raising baby kittens and doing farm chores and planting crops, I have been fighting fatigue and illness. I was bitten by a tick and it got me very sick. My lymph nodes in my throat swelled  and cause a lot of pain. I had a fever, chills and muscle aches. Then I could not breath nor swallow so off to the ER. I was giving Ibuprofen and an antibiotic, but that did nothing. So I went to see my Dr and got a stronger antibiotic. The nodes went down on their own. I am still not back to normal. All thanks to a tick bite.
Turns out Lyme Disease is just one of many things ticks can do to you. You can die from lack of white blood cells with the same symptoms as the flu.They call that the Heartland Virus. So if you get bit and have a fever and chills, go see your Ozark Doctor. A doctor that has experience with recognizing tick symptoms and how to treat them. I am glad our pets all have tick meds on them. Wish I had that as well.
Life on the farm is never dull.

New Ducks

These are Rowen (Mallard colored) and two Silver Appleyard ducks

Our local farm store had a mixed lot of ducklings and I chose these Appleyards along with the Rowen.

They are about the same age and have their own flock. We hope they lay lots of eggs like our older ducks. Ducks seem to be more predator proof than our chickens during the day. At night all the poultry is put up into the coop.

Two Sunday Surprises

We came home after a long Sunday in Mt. View. I sat down and checked the phone messages. The Animal Shelter called asking if I could take in a pair of newborn kittens whose mother cat had died. I called the rescuer and we met at the local feed store that evening. 

These were not newborn but 6 week old starved kittens. They were very bony, full of ticks and females. I promptly de-ticked them and gave them DE with soft food and water. After the meal they climbed up into my lap for petting.They used the litter pan and were very active. 

The next day I contacted the shelter to find a foster or adopter for these girls. I also found a ride to Houston, MO for them so I did not have to waste the gas. They will be put up for adoption once they get some fat on them. Now I can get back to feeding my 5 bottle babies who are now 3 weeks old and just starting to try solid food.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Blueberry Hill

We were invited to go blueberry picking this week. We got on the road at 6:30am to get to Dora, Mo.

The fog was in the valleys

Everything is lush and green from all the showers.

After  many miles and a hour of driving, back unmarked roads we see a tiny sign to the blueberry farm. It was full of acres of berries. We got 6 gallons and are still trying to find room for it all. But they are the best we have ever had. We came home and mulched our small patch of blueberries. We hope one day ours will be as prolific the ones from this farm.

What I see everyday

These tiny little faces of orphaned kittens. I am feeding five of them 4-5 times a day. They get  powdered kitten formula. Never give them milk, it causes diarrhea and they can die of dehydration.These guys had the squirts last week. I added a pinch of tapioca flour in their formula. Their stools firmed up and life got better for them.

This is the runt of the litter. She is filling out now and catching up. She is on a heated towel. Newborn kittens cannot keep warm and need heat. After feeding they need to be induced into eliminating their waste. That gets put in a litter pan in their carrier. They learn how to find the litter pan and use it.

The rest of the gang look similar to this tabby.They all fight the bottle. Eventually I get the bottle in their mouths. When they are eating solid food and using a litter pan they will be put up for adoption at the local animal shelter.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fostering Kittens in June

I got a call from the animals shelter asking if I could bottle feed and foster 5 kittens.  The mother cat was killed from a snake bite.There are not many volunteers are available to bottle feed kittens in our rural area. So we drove out and picked them up from the shelter. They were hungry and cold but feisty. We got the bottles and the KMR Kitten formula mix and got busy. Our shelter pays for all expenses raising these kittens to adoptable age and they find new homes for them.

This one is a tiny runt that was rough shape. But it is eating and keeping up with its litter mates. Fostering means lots feedings, cleaning up messes, towels to wash, heating pads and kitten wrangling. But the rewards are raising them to become healthy adoptable companions, playmates and rodent control.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

End of the Week

My German Shepherds had this gift waiting for me last week. This one was a huge armadillo they mauled outside my garden. It later became a light snack for Zilla by the weekend. Sometimes I feel like this after a busy day on the farm.