Since 4 pm this afternoon we have lost 5 of our 12 baby goats... Including Kara's little Elliebrat I previously posted about.... We lost Maryann's 2 boys and 2 of Hope's girls.... I was in shock to find 2 dead and 10 seriously sick babies.. We had been out just a few hours before and had babies that were just fine bouncing around like normal..
So after going over all the symptoms and stuff I have come to the conclusion that its probably an E.coli infections.. My Maran rooster and his hens decided to start roosting over the babies.. And babies being babies I think they probably nibbled on chicken poo in the process.
I have treated for it and I am giving electrolytes every little bit some are already responding to it. Others are slowly but surely. In my 9 years of raising goats I have never lost this many this quick.. It makes you sick to your stomach.. Chickens have always been around my goats too.. Even though they didn't roost in the barn.. The Marans will be forced to roost else where when I tear out the divider....
I am proud of my girls. They buckled down despite the heartbreak and got things done.. They are tough girlies..
Say a little prayer for us tonight if you don't mind..
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1Peter 5:7