All four of the Canada geese living in the Back Forty were flying by, but I could only get two of them in the shot.
Then last night, we had some major events begin that I really wanted to share today, so you get a tale of two births. After chores I did a few things, and then I went back out to check my three goats due to give birth on May 12th.
I saw Bonnie get chased by Pam, and when she stopped, her tail was straight up at attention. That tail going up is a sign of labor. I told my mom it was time to lock her in. I already had the pen fixed, so I led her in. I could just walk up to her, but she was nervous. It wasn’t hard to catch her though. I tell you, she planted her feet and we have a couple of furrows that I could plant more corn in. She wasn’t happy, so I got her some hay and her twin sister, Blaze, and figured I’d see if that helped.
Both girls immediately began eating. They aren’t very high up in the food chain, and they were very happy to have all that hay to themselves. Bonnie was happily munching away when she just let out a yell. It hurt, but it didn’t stop her trying to eat. By now, the kid was showing feet.
I saw a foot and a nose, so I put the camera down and helped get both feet out. Well, within minutes of being shut in the kid arrived. Don’t think poorly of Bonnie, but she really was clueless that she had given birth. She’s a first time mom. Once I got her to quit eating hay long enough to look, she immediately started cleaning up her kid.
I must say, this kid has a very big mouth!
It took some explaining for Bonnie to understand the whole nursing thing. New moms tend to get freaked out when those kids try to nurse, so it’s a good thing those kids seem to know what they are doing.
She’s got the hang of it, and Bonnie is a great mom! This little beauty seems to have inherited her maa’s moon spots.
After these two got settled in, we went back out to the barnyard. Helen was standing and her tail was up. I knew I had to work in the morning, and my mom had just told me she had to work also. I decided to try and lock her in. I say try because Helen is a brat. I bribed her with corn. No deal. I bribed her mom to come into the building and almost got Helen, but she just wouldn’t do it.
Finally, I gave up. By this time I was ready to give Bonnie a bit of grain after all of her hard work. When I got my pitcher of corn to carry across the barnyard, I was immediately attacked by about thirty goats in the barnyard. That means I could get close and grab Helen’s horn. I had Helen in one hand and a pitcher of corn in the other. Unfortunately, my arm had gotten hooked under Minnie’s horns. I hollered at my mom and she took the corn, so I could free myself drag Helen into the same building as Bonnie (but a different pen).
By this time it was getting late, so I checked her at 10 and then 11. I went to bed but set my alarm to get up, and I checked her at 12 and 2 and 3 and 5 and 6 and 6:15. Then I had to leave for work. Frantically, I got in touch with my son, so he came out and checked her. By that time, she had some fluids showing, and it wasn’t long before she had her babies. It was about twelve hours after she first started showing contractions.
She has a beautiful little girl.
There is also a handsome little guy.
Unfortunately, Helen is not really an experienced mom, and her little girl was not very assertive. My son left after the babies arrived, and my mom came out on her lunch to make sure they had nursed. Only the boy had nursed, and Miss Bratty Helen wouldn’t let my mom help her girl to nurse.
The poor little girl had nothing to eat for 6 1/2 hours after birth when I got home. I immediately warmed up some colostrum from the freezer, and her skinny little body filled out a bit. I had to tie Helen to help the girl nurse.
After all those hours of only taking care of the boy, Helen is really confused now. I’m sure I’ll have to keep tying her and helping her little girl. Hopefully, she’ll accept her and the baby will get on to nursing now that she’s got some in her.
Her boy is one round little guy! He’s got the nursing down.
Two births~two totally different stories.
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