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I am DONE. Winky, my 3 month old doe died. It is time for me to face some HARSH realities. I am not able to do this anymore. Winky's death speaks to MY management. I thought I only needed help from my husband but, in reality he's getting help from me.He already has his hands full. We also raise toy poodles. I have 7 dogs. We are both up in age me 57yo with a heart condition and him 66yo with hypertension (high blood pressure). So I now see that we are not able and most of the work was falling on him and these are my goats.

SO, I've decided to disperse my whole herd. It's only 6 goats now. 4 does, 1 buck, and 1 wether. I've decided to do this for them. Obviously something is very wrong. I've lost 4 goats in less than 6 months. First JoJo died. Hannah lost a buckling because she was too young to get pregnant. Bonnie had two kids and the buck died within 24 hours. I bottle fed Winky for 10 weeks and now she's gone. Again this speaks to MY management. So it is time to seek a good home for them.

I hope that no one judges me to harshly.:imsorry: I really did try. I feel absolutely terrible.:upset: I want to :hide: I'm (embarrassed). I thought I could handle this but I'm not able anymore. I :inlove: my animals to much to see them suffer. This is the right thing to do.:nod:
 

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I am so sorry, sometimes it doesn't go well with any kind of livestock.

All of us experience things like this, some hold on and try again, then succeed.

It is tough losing them, I know how you feel. :(
 

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Awe..im sorry you lost Winky. Raising goats is not easy. Loss is so hard. With so much already going on..youbare making a decision beat for you and your husband and your goats. No harsh judgment here..i commend you for doing what is best for all.

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I’m so sorry for your struggles! It’s definitely frustrating when you feel like nothing is going right and you can’t figure out why. I just sold almost all of my herd due to severe worm issues. I just couldn’t get my goats to be as healthy as I wanted them so I sold over half and only have three left. It difficult but I think it’s very wise. :hug:
Maybe you can take a break for now and get just a few in the future. This a great place to gain lots of knowledge!
 

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Actually, I give you mad credit for stepping away. Far too often people refuse to see that they are not capable. Not a judgement against them just facts. I know I only have so many years left to b working with my goats before I am unable to. It speaks to you as a person for being willing to step back and move them to a new home.It's never an easy decision.
 

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Duchesse. No judgement from any one. If they do judge they dont belong here. You must do what is best for your herd and for you. I am sorry you had these losses and I am sorry things have been so difficult. Your herd will be fine. You know who you want to take them. Love from this side of the world.
 

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No I agree with the others, it takes a strong person to look past their love and want of animals and look at what is best for them instead. That is a SUPER tough call. Also sadly we don’t know when we are at our limit until we end up in shoes like yours or just about kill our selfs before we realize it’s just not going ok any more.
I am so very sorry you have had all this on your plate, and I’m also sorry you have had to make this tough call.
 

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:update: I found someone who is interested in buying my herd but now I'm having second thoughts (headsmash). I still have some time to think about it. I'm confused:shrug:. One minute I think it's the right thing to do and the next I remember how long it took to get them. How I carefully picked them. I have to(pray) on this. My sister said don't sell them. My husband says it's up to me. I think secretly he would be happy to see them go.

I just wish I knew what went wrong.:eek:mg: What did I do?:eek:ops2: Should I have given dewormer when she had those soft stools. I ascribe to the natural methods so pumpkins seeds was all she had been given in her morning grain. I didn't get the herbs or EO for deworming:bonk:. I also don't think we changed their bedding often enough. Also I don't think I kept things clean enough. Some folks clean up the poop. We didn't. We covered it with wood shavings and periodically used barn lime. Could that be it? I feel like a failure:(.
 

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This is something that only you can figure out :hugs: I have to tell you though I have KINDA been in your shoes. I’ve had gotten to the point I just couldn’t have as many head as I did. I didn’t have to sell every single on and I didn’t want to I just needed less and had to make some VERY hard choices. Every time I wrote a name down I would cross it off, I would add it again or replace with someone else. Finally I had to just look at it as what was best for them and me. Hanging onto the ones that were not pulling their weight like the others just had to go. A lot of them were pets but it wasn’t fair to any of us. I can tell you loading them in the trailer just about made me sick. I almost opened the gate and turned them back out. I didn’t, I went threw with it and it really wasn’t that long until it was like this giant weight had been lifted off my chest. I had more time to keep up on the others, no one was being even semi neglected, I could really keep a eye on everything and not have something sneak up.
I’m not trying to talk you into selling. Like I said only you know what is up and what you can and can’t handle, I’m just telling you that I know what your looking at and feeling. If you choose to go threw with it, it does get better :hugs:
 
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