I love a good parade!

That’s one of the things I like best about New Year’s Day: the parades!  Of course, I particularly like to see the horses.  While it isn’t going to be horribly cold today, it’s going to be a lot colder than it has been so Wally and I will probably spend a good amount of time in the house.  Tomorrow is going to stupid cold.  Lovely.  I’ll be drinking a lot of hot tea to stay warm.  I started soaking Gwen’s grains again.  We’ll see how she eats tonight.  When the weather got warmer, I stopped giving the horses their morning grain, but I’m going to feed them soaked grains the next couple of mornings.

I’m afraid I may have given the rabbits something from the garden that didn’t agree with them or perhaps I just gave them too much.  This morning I noticed two of the does were acting like the other one did when she first got sick.  I treated them homeopathically and have them out in the rabbit barn to move around.  They do not seem to be as sick as the other doe was so hopefully they’ll be okay.  I don’t think it was anything in particular that I gave them to eat, I think it may have been too much or the little bit of frost that we’ve had may have made the greens either somewhat toxic or difficult to digest.  I did give them quite large portions so they may have just eaten too much.  I’ll be more careful in the future.  Hopefully they’ll be okay.  We opened the barn up this morning, but when we went out just a little while ago to give the rabbits their homeopathic remedy, we shut it back up.  The wind is up making it feel a lot colder.  We tucked towels under the nest boxes last night to help insulate them from the coming cold.

The baby bunnies I am feeding continue to do well.  One has a little bit of diarrhea, but the others seem fine.  Some of them get so excited about eating now, they bite my fingers looking for their milk.  Yesterday, I added a tiny bit of raw honey to the milk and that has really turned them on.  I was told to use KMR (kitten milk replacer) to feed them, but the thought of feeding them powdered milk formulated for kittens (carnivores) did not make any sense and the ingredients were enough to turn me away from it: Whey Protein Concentrate, Casein, Dried Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Butter Fat, Corn Syrup Solids, Egg Yolk, Monocalcium Phosphate Lactose, L-arginine, Lechithin, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate, Taurine, Potassium Phosphate Dibasic, Magnesium Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Silico Aluminate, Niacin Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Pantothnate Manganese Sulfate Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyroxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, and Mono and Diglycerides.

Before I brought him home, Boris the Boar goat was being fed Sav-A-Kid milk replacer.  Those ingredients are just as ridiculous (to me at least): dried whey protein concentrate, dried whey product, dried whey, dried skimmed milk, animal fat (preserved with BHA, BHT, citric acid and ethoxyquin), lecithin, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, L-lysine, DL-methionine; sodium silico aluminate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt sulfate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, magnesium sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, folic acid, ascorbic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, pyroxidine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, artificial flavors.  Note the “animal fat (preserved with BHA, BHT, citric acid and ethoxyquin).”  Cool, huh?

Why would animal fat be in the ingredients of a milk replacer to feed to an herbivore and not in the replacer being fed to a carnivore?

No news on any of the jobs I applied for last week or on the proposal that I sent out to the local farm owner.  Oh well.  I’ll just keep plugging away.  Eventually, something will come up.

I’m going to finish this post up and get on to something else, like writing my organic garden page.  I can’t believe that’s been blank all this time.  Bad me!

Until later …