LEARNING CURVE


Summer growth

The muggy weather has finally left – thankfully! For a few days, the humidity and heat were pretty brutal.  We are back to our regular schedule of summer-like weather.  Boy, it sure is nice to be rid of the humidity.   We can actually sit in the shade and not break a sweat.

Posting on the journal has been decreased, one cause being an ongoing animal emergency. Moonshadow’s not out of the woods just yet .  She’s requiring hourly care and we don’t know for sure if she’s going to pull through but we are hopeful.  She’s been affected by a horrid condition known as fly strike. Since the buns are well cared for and are on a natural diet, we attribute this “strike” to the humid weather that brought a type of fly we’ve never seen before.   Her recovering condition from a hairball probably made her a weak target (see July 20 post); however, she’s always been more prone to illness since we rescued her and Sierra from the pet store. After taking Moonshadow home from the pet store a few years ago, we discovered that she had a deadly case of pasteurella (which Jordanne successfully treated naturally).  It’s amazing how fast a fly strike can be and it’s pretty gross and I won’t go into gory details (let’s just say after treating her, one needs a slug — or more! — of brandy).   Hopefully, we caught it in time.

Holistic animal husbandry requires a lot of patience and, if you are treating the animal yourself, an iron stomach.   We’ve experienced and learned a lot from raising animals and the knowledge that we’ve gained from  it is certainly valuable to pass on to future generations.  Right now, we are going through another of life’s learning curves.
Not much into writing these days, pretty drain physically and emotionally.

On a more happy subject: The peaches are coming into the kitchen by rubbermaids full. This can only mean time for some serious canning (and homemade ice cream).   Justin harvested over 75 lbs of tomatoes yesterday and our customers are thrilled to pieces.  

The eggplant is ready and a few Mexicola avocados are looking pretty ripe  (can’t wait to make some fresh guacamole with the tomatoes – yum!)  It’s all about good, wholesome food this time of year.

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  1. Nicol says:

    Sorry to hear about Moonshadow. It’s so difficult to see pets suffering.

    I do love peaches though and am certainly jealous. I planted apple trees this year but no peaches. I am waiting patiently for my tomatoes to ripen. Some haven’t even fruited yet. Tomatoes don’t go out until June or so here.

  2. stella says:

    omg. i clicked on the link to read up about it. that is horrible! so, it says to check your bunny’s bottom every day, but it doesn’t say how to treat it. how do you treat something like that? especially naturally?

    i hope moonshadow recovers quickly! poor little thing.

  3. Wildside says:

    Very sorry to hear about your little bun bun’s bad turn… Hang in there!

  4. Liz says:

    I hope she recovers quickly! Kudos for you for taking care of her so well.

  5. Anais says:

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments.

    The fly strike must have happened between Thurs and Sat of last week because we saw the problem on Sunday. From what we’ve read normally bunnies will go into shock 72 hours after the strike. She’s lasting… now it’s Thursday.

    Luckily when bunnies feel any pain they will go into shock this being due to their being prey animals (not feeling any pain when suffering death)

    There could be an underlying problem that caused the fly strike (flies sense animals in destress) Bunnies don’t have a very long life and she’s getting on in age and could be susceptible to tumors.

    However, they say unhealthy bunnies have fleas and for their being raised outside we’ve never had any fleas on our bunnies at all. So we are a bit puzzled.

    We are keeping a close watch on her — hourly.
    We’ve been giving her Rescue Remedy and treating her skin area with bee pollen, honey, apple cider vinegar and ointment. We wash her daily in a apple cider and honey water. Feeding her dandelions, mints, basil, thyme, chamomile and blackberry leaves. Also on the area where the flies laid eggs we treated with garlic oil.

  6. Mairi says:

    I feel for you & yes you have to have a cast iron stomach! I have seen fly stike in puppies down in TX where it literally ate them to death. Very pitiful too; we were too late, even though we spent hours picking off maggots. Another nasty one, which I don’t remember the name of off hand, but which I had once on a rabbit, is caused by a big fly laying an egg on the back of their neck, right where they can’t possibly reach & dislodge it. The egg hatches and the maggot burrows into the skin, and grows huge! That one we suscessfully treated by pouring alcohol into the hole to kill the maggot, then digging it out with tweezers. then twice a day with peroxide to clean out the crude. The bunny wasn’t happy with all this, but she did live to a ripe old age afterwards. I hope Moonshadow does too. Mairi

  7. kiwi says:

    The possibility of flystrike is an ever present worry for us in NZ with our sheep. It is the cruelest thing. Always being vigilant for the first symptoms and immediate treatment seem the only way. Last year one of our lambs got flystrike at the base of one horn. We spotted it quickly and got all the maggots out…they’re not keen on iodine poured over them!
    Wishing Moonshadow well.