Hey Everyone, maybe you can help. Tuesday I made the crazy decision to 'rescue' a doe from a local auction. I wasn't going to buy anything, but I felt so bad for her <and no I won't be buying just because I feel sorry for them!>. The meat buyer said she is worth saving, and he let me bid on her. There were plenty of others getting in on it too. Her name is Molly, she's a boer/nubian cross, she's estimated to be between 3-4 years, and I was told she has had 2 sets of twins. The farm she came from is downsizing their herds. She looks awful IMO, at least her coat does. She has some bumps on her neck, and I didn't notice them in the pen at the auction so I am wondering if it's where the other 2 girls have been ruffing her up? When you pet on her her hair comes out easily, and her hair is thin. I looked for any signs of skin irritation, but didn't see anything noticeable, no matts, no bugs, etc. I'm not real sure what to look for when it comes to things like lice, but I just didn't see anything other than just hair loss, and those large bumps on her neck. My other main concern is her foot. Her front left looks club footed, and she is walking very sore right now. Probably thanks to the fact when I was trying to unload her she got away and we went on a 30 minute chase before getting her into the pen...UGH. Her foot doesn't look great, I know she has wear from the way she walks on it, and it really does not look like her ankle is normal - again looks like a club foot to me<I used to take care of horses who were club footed so I know they wear the hoof down differently on a club foot. But her foot looks really short. I've gotten close enough to look and don't see anything significant, but tomorrow if she is still walking sore we're going to catch her and I want to inspect her foot. I'd love to save this girl and breed her. But I don't want her to be in pain, and we don't want any big vet bills - I was told her shots are up to date, but I do plan on worming her. I also wonder if she was being grain fed? She LOVES the grain and we buy the medicated grain I believe it has wormer and vitamins in it? We're going to actually switch feeds gradually to a better feed when what we have starts to get low. She's very VERY scared of people, and our 2 does <hooligans LOL> haven't accepted her, though they will let her come close to them they push her around. I feel awful, but at least she has a second chance at life! If it doesn't work out my husband will put her in the freezer!!! AH! Anyway, she isn't a pet, so I am okay if she never comes to us on her own and is cuddly, but if she is going to stay here she'll have to be used for breeding. We plan on buying 1-2 nice full blooded does, and we're looking at young bucks the next 2 days. We're hoping if we get a buck he'll bond with her? Here are some pics of Molly I took late this evening. I'd love for her to work out. I don't care if she isn't perfect right now, I just want to make sure I can get her healthy and happy. Call me crazy <my husband does LOL>, but it felt good getting her out of that place. BTW, the red on her is where they sprayed her at the auction... And anything 'dark' on her hair is just dirt. Super hard to get pics of the foot. Tomorrow I'll be taking a closer look at her foot.