You think you have things buttoned up, but then the pig with the nose of a bulldozer decides he wants to go where you don’t want him. This is what happened at my farm on Sunday.
Late that evening our boar breaks down the gate and gets into the feed. Thankfully he could not dump it, so he didn’t get to eat it all. I got him out of the barn, fixed the gate in the dark and made sure the secondary door into the feed area was latched and so was the door into the goat house. That should keep that “thing” out of trouble if he got through the gate again.
How wrong I was.
Before feeding time the next morning I heard slamming sounds against the barn walls. I have listened to the normal sounds of my farm for so long that I immediately knew something was not right. There in the goat house was that stinking pig…..trying vainly to breed my buck goat who was slamming him up against the walls. Again this boar had broken down the gate. Then when he could not get to the food again he broke down the gate to the goat house.
My goats do not like him at all. He is dedicated to the opinion that he should breed everything on the farm, in season or not. Only the horse, which kicked him in the head, has immunity from his attentions. There he was in a closed space trying to satisfy his lust. And my goats were trying to get away from him.
I chased him out and away then checked on the goats. One was lying down and did not want to get up. Damn…… When I checked her I saw a gash across her back leg just below the hock. I could see tendons through the hole. Double damn……. Not just a cut, it was clear through the skin.
As anyone who deals with animals knows, it is hard to doctor them alone. And I was alone. The neighbors were not home so I called a friend that was 20 minutes away…..and still asleep. When he got there we took a good look at the leg. It was not broken, thank God. But the gash was not only across; it went from the hock all the way down the leg almost to the pastern.
Decision time. Do I call a vet or doctor her myself? I found the number for a mobile vet. But as anyone who knows me would guess, I doctored her myself.
First I made sure that the wound itself was clean. There was little blood, no visible torn tendons, and the edges were straight and clean. So taking a lesson from surgeons, I super glued the edges closed. Then to make sure that the wound would not get dirty, I took some sticky bandage material, folded it so it would not stick to the wound itself. Then I wrapped it, letting the sticky part hold the bandage closed and then to the hair above and below the bandage.
That has held fine for the last couple of days. Surprisingly, this time the doe has left the bandage alone. They are not known for allowing that kind of thing to remain long. But what would I do if it became infected?
I would start with warm water and Epsom salts. A good soak would loosen the scabs and allow draining. Then I would put my favorite herbal tincture into the wound. I have used herbal recipes from Dr. Richard Schulze for years before he started selling them online. For infections, I use a tincture with garlic, goldenseal, Echinacea, tea tree oil, and cayenne pepper. There are other things that he puts into his “Infection Formula” but sometimes I cannot get all the ingredients so the ones mentioned are always there. Or if I am not totally up on making it, I buy Dr. Schulze’s formula.
I have yet to have an infection get out of hand. So I am confident that the doe will be fine. She is limping and I do not blame her in the least. But she is up and scrambling for her food with the rest of them. I have yet to find where she cut herself. I can find no traces of hair on the fence or any nails sticking out of the wood, so I have no idea how she got cut so badly. But when we have animals, we have to expect that “accidents happen” and sometimes we cannot figure out how.
What have you done to take care of an accident? Please share.