Julep & the Super-hero Quilt
She looks so regal sitting there. I hate to tell her this is
going to Cole who is our California grandson.
My next project will be for Cole's sister Kaitlyn.
I'm working on a Hello Kitty quilt top for her.
She may be queen of the quilt but I'm king
of the warm blankets from the dryer.
He is such a sweetie and so attached to me.
Deer Alert ... Deer Alert!
Snacking along the way.
Our 'resident' deer.
I could tell this deer was walking funny in the woods the
other day. She tends to stay around our house which drives
the westies crazy. Now I know why - look closely at
her hoofs ... they are long and starting to curl up.
Deer can sometimes grow hooves that are much longer than normal.
Long hooves in deer is not common, and it’s not something
most hunters will see in the field. This condition is referred
to as foundering and the term comes from
the word “floundering” because under extreme
conditions the animal appears to be floundering
around as it walks. From reviewing the literature,
there appears to be three main reasons for long
hoof growth in deer, but all are related to diet.
A deer that exhibits foundering is taking in way
too many carbohydrates. Either this is a problem directly
related to the forage that the animal is eating
or it has to do with the way the deer is processing its food.
More often than not, it has to do with what the deer is eating.
A diet high in corn or protein pellets contributes to foundering.
Corn, of course, is primarily carbohydrates.
Hoof tissue is very similar to antler tissue.
If you are feeding protein to grow larger bodied
deer and larger antlers then you are also feeding to
grow deer with longer hooves. Foundering is almost always
the result of a deer consuming too many carbohydrates
in the diet too fast. The result is a buildup of acid in the rumen,
which kills the bacteria that digest carbohydrates.
This action then results in an increasing pH in the blood
that can hurt or possibly even kill the deer from acidosis.
White-tailed deer than have foundered long hooves
will often walk on the backs of their hooves because
the acid buildup agitates the growth plate in their hooves.
As a result of the deer attempting to ease the pain,
the hooves grow longer than normal because the
hooves do not have proper contact with the ground.
Without proper contact, the hooves do not wear down.
This problem can be exacerbated on ”soft” soils because
hoof wear is already decreased in these areas.
... and we learn something new each day ...
Wishing you a happy holiday season.