Monday was a sad, sad day on the farm. I haven't posted since, because I couldn't think of anything happy to say and I really hate sharing sad news. Monday morning we woke up to disaster in the barn yard. Early in the morning before we woke a coyote killed sweet Maggie, our black Nigerian Dwarf goat, and seriously injured Boxcar Betty. There was nothing we could do for poor Maggie, but Betty was rushed to the vet where she was given several shots to help fight infection, and reduce the swelling on her neck, jaw, and belly. Betty is very lucky to have survived. She still has a lot of healing to do, and we are giving her as much care as possible. She stands still for her shots. She's on a diet of small grains and chicken food right now, because they require little chewing. Her jaw doesn't seem to be broken, but is clearly very very sore.
Thankfully, Callio-Pea was unharmed in the events of the morning, though was noticeably distressed on Monday. We are keeping her away from Betty for a few days, while Betty heals up a bit. She tells us regularly that she misses her friends (Lollie the rabbit and the special-needs hens aren't very good company, it would seem), so this evening we will let Callio-Pea spend some time with Betty.
Life on the farm isn't always rosy.