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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Growin' tails, and a big blowout


The rains of the northwest allow us to lull in plants and greenery well into the winter, if not all year. The constant moisture is also perfect for growing cat tails.
We never pick them, or prune them, and we are never sure where they will pop up in the front garden bed.

The rains gave us over 3" last nite. A 'real soaker', as they say. Perhaps the biggest news in the barnyard this week was...

...stop reading if you are a wimp...

the ever anticipated explosion of Mr. T's jaw line abscess occurred. This abscess was from a seed grain lodged in his jaw line, and it began forming over a year ago. When the hair starts falling off of an abscess area, it's time to lance it, so that if it is a contagious sore it won't infect other stock. As I did my usual barn feedings there stood Mr. T at the gate for dinner time, ready for food for his 350# body, and also ready to kick back in a dry stall bed. I noticed the hair was less on the abscess. This abscess was bigger than a golf ball, and hard to miss. I took a rag and gave it a gentle squeeze, just to test it.

Well...'Thar she blows!!!!!!!!'

Man, I won't go into more details than that, but I'm sure Mr. T was relieved. My usual remedy for all gapes, holes, abrasions was applied - iodine. He was not that impressed with the iodine flavor mixed with a fine vintage hay, but he'll be fine.

23 comments:

Cathy said...

At such times I don't envy your life at Apifera. Well, not as much.

I'm glad Mr. T is feeling better.

vamsi parimi said...

Even though I have dreams of owning a farm in future, I want to see the people living on it. I came across one now.

I have many questions about several aspects. I hope you would allow me to live on your farm as a visitor over a weekend.

PS: I guess I will be able to earn my day's bread working on your farm.

Parimi

Mare said...

Fascinating! I am a zit picker and pore pincher from way back. I would have been right there with you to assist...

Apifera Farm said...

Mare- you are crackin' me up. I admit, I really like getting the big juicy ones...it's gross I know, but, why are we like that, I don't know.

Apifera Farm said...

Oh Miss C., you could just come and groom cats.

Apifera Farm said...

Vamsi - I'm afraid we aren't set up to take on interns or workers. But maybe some day.

Mare said...

yes...it IS gross. But something drives us...maybe we were surgeons without tools in our past lives....

Fifee said...

Hi
a strange question perhaps but I really like your blog formatting and am just wondering how you made a 3 column template on blogspot. I'm getting desperate and can't edit html. Any suggestions would be great thanks. Happy for you not to publish this but to just email me back direct if you can help. I love your blog and have linked to your blog but I am a private blog so you won't be able to find me unfortunately. It's just for friends and family. Many thanks. Fifee

Balou said...

LOL @ Mare and Katherine - I'm with you guys. Are you also in the "likes to peel shedding sunburned skin" club? We raised 5 pigs one year. If you want to hear gross, I'll tell you the story of the pig with the prolapsed rectum.

Michelle said...

Those cat tails do quite well in drier environments too! I've got four varieties that crop up regularly in my garden.

Apifera Farm said...

Hey Balou- Yes! let the gross stories begin. Must be animal related, and medical related. I've never had to deal with the prolapsed vagina in a ewe- praying I don't, but sooner or later...

Michelle- oh, I've heard of the drier cat tails too! I saw one once while in Colorado!

coloredsock said...

i'd say you are all goofballs and kinda gross, but then again, i used to sit on my brother's butt and pop the zits on his back and shoulders while we watched tv. i peeled his skin too when it was all sunburned. well, K, at least now i know who to call when i'm in need! hee.

Apifera Farm said...

Jenny Henny Girl! I was just thinking of you, literally, and your message popped up. You crack me up. Aren't blogs great for getting all our dirty laundry out? I think females like to 'preen'. Martyn hates it when I'm lying in bed, he's still sleeping, and he opens his eyes to my eyeballing one of his in grown whiskar hairs. He just won't play the game with me!

And it's fun to peel the sking off the elbows of the equines! It doesn't hurt and must be done to prevent build up...

Now, I could get into sheath cleaning stories...

Apifera Farm said...

Someone left a comment about how I did 3 columns. I get so many questions on this. I'd learn the hard way, bit by bit- but here is the article that helped me

http://beautifulbeta.blogspot.com/2006/10/adding-second-sidebar-to-your-blog-part.html

Christyna said...

Haha, I love how the general consensus was that everyone enjoys popping zits.

The demented part of me wishes you had posted pictures of it!

blackfeatherfarm said...

HHHHmmmm, your cattails look different from mine, wonder what I'm doing wrong.... super cute photo !

GardeningJo said...

I discovered your blog this evening through Blogger's 'Blogs of Note' and it's simply fantastic! I'm adding you to my blog roll list!

Kelly said...

Love your cattails. And Iodine works well. It goes in the ears of my kitties. They are so big that I have to wrap them in a blanket, put them between my knees, grap their heads, and go for it. It is done with much hissing, spitting, and demonic growling, but it gets done. It usually takes a day or two for them to get over it.

BTW, I really like your site.

Stacey said...

great title to go with your picture!

FishermansDaughter said...

Since we're swapping "ew" animal stories...Years ago I had a horse come down with strangles. The result was a man sized fist abscess located on the underside of the horse's jaw. Unspeakably foul and surprisingly gratifying to drain it required a month of irrigation 3x's per day. What I found to work worlds better than even the most dilute iodine rinse is warm saline. (1 Tblspn of organic sea salt in a few cups of h2o) Apparently, saline more closely matches the body's own fluids - doesn't scald or irritate the way iodine does - and is just as effective at keeping infection at bey. It sure worked a charm on my horse. Best wishes for a speedy Mr. T recovery!

Apifera Farm said...

Hi again everyone, and welcome new commentors! Geeze, your story about the horse abscess - I know strangles can be horrible. I know the iodine is really abrasive, I always to 3 applications - heavy squirt- and then stop. But the saline is good option. I was also told that the problem with iodine [and probably saline too] is it really doesn't promote healing, just keeps new infection from starting. His lump is way down, but I think I need to lance and redrain.

EEEEEwwwwwwwwwww!

Jan said...

I just found you today through Red Door Studio blog, following links. I live in the Oregon coast range too, between Portland and Astoria. I raise llamas, goats and other pets. Personally I'm not fond of popping pus filled anythings but to each her own;-) I have bookmarked you and will be back. I don't have a blog or website. Nice to meet you.

Jan

gourdwizard said...

Very nice site!

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