Since my last post introducing kids, we’ve had six more girls give birth. We’ve continued our pattern of making things difficult. Sallie was obviously in labor, standing and isolating herself, but she never got around to pushing. I checked her out, and I couldn’t hardly reach a finger in, but I finally felt a bag. Her cervix was open, and she should have been pushing. Since I couldn’t reach in there even, I called the vet. She came and worked really hard to get out a big buck.
Sallie’s second kid, had her legs folded back, but once they were unfolded, she about fell out.
That’s how Sallie usually gives birth. I don’t know why she wouldn’t push.
Next up was Joe. I checked her at 2 am and told her I’d be back in an hour. Well, about thirty minutes later, I heard her yelling, so I rushed out and got her into the barn. Her first baby came out without problems.
Her second one however came face first. That doesn’t work. I reached in and both front legs were straight back. It took some work, but I got them forward and pulled her doe.
Chachi and Joani
Everyone was okay, and I didn’t even have to call the vet!
The next day around noon, Cinnamon came rushing up from pasture and was about to give birth on the run. I shut her in, but when I checked, there were two kids wanting to come at the same time. I got the first one out without any problems.
The second one had a leg bent back. I just don’t know what is up with all these legs!
She and her twin does are all doing well. One of the girls has entropion eyes, and we’re still working to get those taken care of. Poor baby.
The next afternoon, I walked out to check everyone and found Penny on her side with a head and hoof stuck out. You guessed it, legs were bent back.
Once I got the first one out, the second was easy.
This morning, after about every hour checks throughout the night, I decided I better check to see why Stormy wasn’t making progress. Well, I found bags and head and lots of legs, and I couldn’t tell what went with who, so I called the vet. This really is getting old, but at least I did three on my own in between!
It was quite a bit of work, but the vet managed to pull her doe and buck. It was a rough time, and they are all three still resting this afternoon.
Then for some reason, I realized I had checked Maggie all night the night before, and I kept checking both Maggie and Stormy all night. I don’t have a due date for Maggie because I hadn’t ever seen her in heat or get bred. I decided I’d better check. Her cervix was completely open and a bag was right there, but she wasn’t pushing. I don’t know why, and I don’t know how long she had been in labor. Yep. I called the vet.
When they don’t push, it makes it hard to pull them because they aren’t stretched and ready to give birth, so it took some work, but he did get both of her little does out.
Luckily everyone is doing well. We have six more to kid. I really would like to try at least one more having them on her own!
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