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    Hoping it was just a bellyache and he'll spring back. Hes been getting the same amount of feed for months but I think Ill cut it in half tonight. Fingers crossed.
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    Ive got bad news guys. Ive been up all night with Mr. Butters. I'm contacting a friend today to see if her husband will come lay him to rest. I get choked up thinking about it. I trust that he can do it with one shot. Mr. Butters came in last night for his dinner, just like every day/night. I left him with his grain and his nice hay, and went home to eat dinner. He was eating fine when I left. I gave him ample time to eat his hay. When I went back to turn him back out, he was down. He hadn't finished his grain which isn't like him....and he'd eaten about half of his hay. I listened to his belly, there were plenty of gut sounds. I got him up and listened again, still sounded good. He was slow to get up, almost as if he didn't have the strength. I turned him back out where he immediately went into the barn and got himself cast against the wall. I had a time getting him uncast and back up. He again seemed weak. Didn't seem to be in pain, no pointing or nipping at his sides, no sweating. He waited for me to get out of his way, moved to a better area, and went down again. I let him lay there and watched him..no thrashing, just down. Got him back up but it took a while, he just didn't have the energy. Walked him and he seemed unsteady the first few strides and just overall meek. That went on most of the night. This morning he was down in the barn but popped right up when he saw me, even came to the gate to be fed, but still seems weak. I don't have a good feeling. Ive asked my cowgirls mom to keep her away from the barn for a few days. I'm working today and tomorrow. This morning was an improvement from last night, but if he doesn't improve then I'm going to have to....well, you know.
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    So, although still thin, Mr. Butters doesn't look as ribby. He still has a long way to go. Today I Iearned that no matter how long you leave him with a flake of hay, he will still leave about 1/3 of stalk. He does really like this compressed hay though...they all do. Gave Sonic and Whitewash a flake and they thought they were in heaven.
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    The white stuff is falling here too.
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    Thank you! I would love to think hes full. Im going to pull his blanket off tomorrow and see if I notice any weight gain. He did leave a small amount of stalk tonight. Not a lot, but more than Id like. Ill give it to Sonic so it won't go to waste. I definitely think the compressed bales are better quality than any regular square around here. Easier to manage too. Ill see how long this one lasts.
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    So I opened the compressed bale a little while ago. I learned today that I shouldve opened it yesterday so it could get air and expand, you learn something every day. Anyway, right off the bat this hay is pretty..nice and green, leafy and soft. I counted 14 flakes, albeit compressed flakes. I could see those doubling as the bale expands in the next day or so. Still not totally convinced that the bale is cost effective...but we'll see as the bale expands. I will say that it's much more manageable than a regular square and maybe part of the high price is the cost of convenience. The true test is underway right now as I have given Mr. Butters a flake for the night. We'll see how much he doesnt eat.
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    Im starting to feel that way too about the cubes!
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    There is very little to no grass right now.
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    Yes, that's what I thought! But now that Ive bought a compressed bale last night, I'm reading up on it today and kicking myself for buying it before researching it. I recently saw a printout about the compressed bale that basically said that once you open the bale and let it "air out", you get 22 flakes....which would/should last longer than the typical square bales. Now that I'm reading up on it on another forum people are saying that they cant get a bale to last more than 5 days tops. At $18 a bale, that's not going to work for me. AND theyre also saying its best to soak it! Doesn't that defeat my purpose? Not to mention that I have no idea how I would manage that time wise on my work days. My work days are 7am to 7pm. I have an hour commute. My cowgirl lately has been unreliable with soaking my beet pulp and alfalfa pellets. I let her be a kid for the holidays and then she was sick last week. Honestly I'm getting a vibe from her mom that her mom doesn't like her doing so much for me. Sooo, I now have the beet pulp and alfalfa in my car in their separate buckets along with a separate gallon of water. When I leave from work I empty half the gallon of water into each bucket and it soaks on my commute home. Its perfect by the time I get home and then ready to feed. I have no idea how Id soak hay unless I put it in a big tote container in my car and add water on my lunch break. Crazy right? Of course my days off are much different. Advice anyone? Take the compressed bale back and stick with regular bales? Go cubes instead of hay? Uuuuuugh, I'm loosing my mind. Yes I'm curious to see if Mr. Butters likes the compressed bale better but if its not going to last any longer than my regular bales then I'm just going to have to deal with him wasting some.
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    Heidi I'm going to pick up a compressed bale from Tractor Supply this evening and see if he likes that better. If not, I'm not sure what else to do but let him eat what he wants and leave the rest. The rest isn't going to waste though, I throw it over the fence for the minis or other 2 horses to eat. Do you think soaking the hay would help? Does it loose nutrients when soaked? I'm back on the fence again about buying a house. Id like to buy a little home for myself. My own space where I can do what I want to it etc.
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    Hes already getting soaked alfalfa pellets.
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    Saturday my brother and I went to Wv to visit an aunt. Her husband passed away a couple months ago and we werent able to attend the funeral. We showed up unannounced with flowers for the gravesite, and flowers for her. We spent a couple hours with her and she was soo tickled, it really made her day. We both haven't been over in years and forgot just how backwoods it is over there, but how just incredibly beautiful it is too. While we were there I learned that my grandma rented the house they lived in. All these years I thought it was HER house, I never wouldve guessed she rented it. That house is so full of memories but sits empty these days. Sad really. Mr. Butters is driving me nuts over the hay. Hes only after the leafy bits. He wont eat much of the stalky part. This morning I tossed him 3 flakes and came back 2.5 hours later and he was ready to be turned back out, and had left at least a whole flake of stalk. I gave what was left over to Sonic who cleans it right up. Its driving me nuts and Im almost wondering if its even worth feeding to Mr. Butters. I think the next bale I buy will be one of those compressed bales from Tractor Supply. I found a chart on how to feed it. Maybe it will be better than these bales and he'll actually eat it...I hope.
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    I think I will talk to Zarinna this weekend about haying Butters. It would help a lot if she could hay him after school when she gets the feed ready just on the days I work. She likes to know when my days off are anyway because we usually do something fun. I think Ill hang a calendar in the feed room with my work schedule on it so she'll know what days to hay him. Oh, and the free 52 Tbs have resurfaced on Facebook...again! Ugh!
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    Truer words have never been spoken! Fed Sonic and Butters their grain and ate my dinner in my car while waiting for them to finish. Turned Sonic back out and gave Butters his hay that I had separated stalk from leafy..leafy went into a fed tub for him. He was pleased. Went home to put away dishes and sweep floors and let Benny run around for an hour and a half. Then back to the farm to turn Butters back out. Then home to bed where Benny chewed on her bone all night after hitting me in the face with it. Lord, I love my animals though.
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    Mercy. I was up til 11pm feeding Mr. Butters. I might talk to my cowgirl and see if she will feed him his hay when she gets home from school. That would help me out a ton on my work days.
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    Used to be a couple that would come here but havent seen them in yeeears.
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    Yes! I almost wonder if I should just squeeze all the leafy parts into a bucket for him and leave the stems to his choosing. Spoiled ol man lol
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    He is getting Rice Bran Oil
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    I LOVE those circus pics! Its crazy to think that there is no more circus, or that there are kids who will never know/see a circus. I went to Sanibel years ago on a work trip. It was beautiful. So many shells! I would love to go back one day but I doubt Ill get the opportunity again. Mr. Butters isnt wild about this alfalfa hay. He wont eat the "stalk" part but would rather push it around and eat the loose peices. I dont know how to explain it very well. Im giving Sonic some as well and he eats it all right up. Tonight I tossed what Mr. Butters had left over the fence where a couple of the minis were more than happy to clean it up.
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    little cow I laughed reading your post but Im happy Rosie and Nancy are ok I got 3 (all I could haul in my car lol) bales of alfalfa at the feed store up the road. Mr. Butters isnt too impressed but he ate a flake this morning.
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    It was in the 60s here today but no sun. Made some tail bags this morning for the minis and my cowgirl and I spent a few hours brushing out manes and tails and putting the tail bags on the minis. Making a bunch more so I can swap out when they need to be washed. Anyone familiar with/feed the compressed hay bales from Tractor Supply? Wondering what the equivalent to a compressed flake is vs. a regular flake from a regular square bale.
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    The paddock I would normally use is currently housing someones 4H cows, otherwise it would be perfect. I do have 2 gates/panels that Im playing with in my mind/brainstorming. I have a space outside away from the others I could block off that isnt calf deep muddy..yet. But I dont want him to have to stand in the pouring rain to eat his hay. If I make a stall in the barn I have no doubt the others are going to harass him over/through the gates/panels. I wouldn't leave him "stalled" overnight but would rather give him an hour or two to eat his hay and then turn him back out. It will be easier on my days off. My work days are gonna be a hassle. Ill figure it out. Gotta find some hay, even if I have to buy the compressed overpriced hay at Tractor Supply.
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    Update on Mr. Butters....his taped weight is 750. His heart and lungs sound good. He had his teeth floated. He had a broken tooth, the vet removed a fragment that could be causing him some pain/issues. He does have missing teeth and I reminded the vet that he has pulled 2 in the past 2 floats, so we know about those. We discussed grain and decided to switch to Triple Crown Senior, keep the alfalfa and add Rice Bran Oil. Vet suggested getting some square bales of alfalfa or timothy hay and feeding it to him only. I agree, but have no idea how I can do that. Im gonna have to brainstorm for a while on that. I did ask if there is a disposal service in the area (for when that time comes) and there is not, unless I haul him all the way to the state lab.
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    I had a good Xmas with my brother and his family yesterday. He and his wife suprised the heck outta me with a season pass to the theater group I frequent, AND tickets to the murder mystery dinner the theater group is having in Feb..its not included in the season pass. Im so excited and cant wait for the season to start! My brother also included a letter from Ancestry.com...confirming that he and I are indeed full siblings. Mystery and heartache solved.
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    Yes, he has been dewormed regularly. I have his teeth done around this time every year. The vet has had to pull a tooth for the past 2 years. Fingers crossed thats what it is and he'll spring right back. Hes been so good for the kids, but the kids are aware hes not in good shape right now.