Brackets (Dwarf Nigerian Goat)

  • Brackets

Information

  • Breed: Dwarf Nigerian Goat
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 8 months, 26 days old
  • Died: Dec. 28, 2011
  • Dam: Bubbles
  • Sire: Emmett
  • ID: b63e8fdeb8
  • Offspring: 0
  • Breeder: Timberwyck Farm
  • Owner: 
  • Polled: No
  • Hair color: Tri-colored
  • Castrated: No
  • Birth defects: Crooked front legs
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Brackets was born with crooked legs. We did physical therapy with him, as well as running him to a neighbors farm for a selenium injection, as we'd heard that New England soil has nearly no selenium in it.

While he improved from where he was, he still tends to revert back to the crooked-ness if you don't stay on top of the physical therapy. Given that, I'm still not sure what's wrong with him. A wonderful young farmer at Painted Pepper Farm up in Gouldsboro advised us that it could either be selenium or a cramped uterus. Either way, she suggested culling him if the problem didn't correct itself soon.

Now he gets around fine. He's a little funny to watch and some days are worse than others, but Bubbles is a great mother, and would likely be very distressed if he went away. Of course, as a gimpy boy, Brackets was headed to Guilford no matter what happened. Oh well, so goes life on a farm.

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Notes

Dec. 30, 2011

Brackets, small though he was, went north with Dennis and the other Katahdins a few days ago. We’re tanning his hide and had all the meat ground.

General

Nov. 20, 2011

Castrated Brackets along with Vern and Frank. He didn’t really fight all that hard and, aside from being sore and low-key for a few days seems fine.

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