Trojan Carrots, with a surprise ending.

This is neither a recipe nor a condom post. It is actually a post about drug smuggling. Yes, we are drug smugglers now.

Jack, our mammoth donkey has a foot abscess and has been prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication. It is an apple and molasses flavored white powder. It can be sprinkled on his oats and he gobbles it down. Jack is NOT the problem.

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She is.

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They have separate buckets for their oats, but she bullies him, eats his oats, then hers. She has eaten her oats and is now heading for Jack’s.

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He is too much of a gentleman to kick her ass. I can say that because they are donkeys.

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So we had to stop putting his medication in the oats because she was getting an overdose of his medication and he was still in pain. I decided that I needed to find another route for delivering the medication to Jack alone. We tried feeding him a hand-full of oats with medication on them but she would rear her head and knock the oats out of my hand.

I had to outsmart a little 350 pound donkey. I came up with a diabolical plan.

They both love carrots and we give them each two carrot halves, twice a day. Perfect. Jack’s medication is prescribed for twice a day. The carrots would serve as a trojan horse for delivering the drug.

I started by cutting a section of the carrot down to the core. Then I slid the knife along the groove tilting it up. When I got to the bottom, the cut piece popped right off.

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I filled the groove with half a scoop of powder.

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Then I replaced the “lids.”  After a minute or so enough of the powder dissolves to help keep it together.

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I put the carrots in the bucket with the oats and headed down to the pasture.

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One.

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Two.

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Final Score:   Jack 2 – Diana 0.  Me laughing all the way home, proud of how smart I am until I stepped in fresh turkey poop with flip-flops on. They call them flip-flops for a reason. Why is every miracle followed so closely by mayhem?

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  1. Oh, this made me smile. I’ve been wanting a mini-donkey FOREVER. Your non-mini-donkeys are wonderful! I’m a new follower!

  2. Excellent! I had to force feed my hens some nasty de-worming medication (mixed w/food) which I think forever turned one hen against pine nuts. Messy, & I don’t think they got all of it, ’cause some was on ME, etc. NOW I have a different medicine for same purpose, and it’s a tube of paste that, miracle of all miracles, you just put a pea sized blob of it in their beaks, and that’s IT.

    It’s amazing how much better I feel when I know they are getting what they need for THEM to feel better. So, NICE WORK! =)

    • Thanks! I have too many chickens to pick each one up and medicate individually. If we have to do that, I give the meds then Michael tosses them into the coop, or out of it depending on time of day to be sure we got everyone. I prefer meds that can be put in food or water. I am glad you found a solution to your problem. You give your chickens pine nuts? Hmmmmmmm. I hope mine don’t find out!

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