Tangled Up Triplets

19 Mar

Sometimes, all of my diligence of checking goats frequently pays off.  Of course, Haley didn’t do anything the several times I checked her in the night; although, I could tell she was working on it.  This morning in pasture, she was talking a lot.  When she came back to the barnyard by herself, I shut her in the chicken coop.  It wasn’t long before she was having strong contractions and fluids leaking.  But that was it.

Haley Blackboer

Haley Blackboer

Sometimes, it just takes longer, but sometimes, they quit pushing when babies aren’t positioned correctly.  I checked.  I could feel one foot.  That was it.

Haley Kids_3755ws

I waited a few minutes to see if my checking had helped move things along.  This time, I couldn’t find a foot, but I did feel one unidentifiable body part.  How I wish they came with braille labels.  Usually, when I can’t even figure out what part it is, that means I need help.  I called the vet’s after hours answering service and waited for the return call.

Haley kids_3769ws

In the meantime, Haley kept moving and checking her back end out and finally a gush of fluid came out.  That means a bag broke.  I decided to check again.  This time, there was enough room for me to feel a tail.  That is not good.  They are not going to be born tail first.  I pushed the kid back forward and followed up the body to find the first back hoof.  I gently tried bending it and then extending the hoof back.  There is not much room in there to start with, and I’m always afraid I’ll break one of those little legs when I’m trying to do this.  I got it.  Then I found the second one and got it positioned to the back.  Then it was an easy pull.  I quickly cleaned off the baby’s face and vigorously rubbed it’s side while I had the head tilted down.  Sometimes, pushing them back in like that causes their little lungs to fill back up with fluid.  He started breathing.



About that time, the phone rang.  I told the vet I got the baby finally, and she asked if I still needed her. I told her I thought we’d be okay.  She said to call back if I needed to.  Then I went immediately to see how Haley was doing with the second kid.  This time, I felt a nose!  That’s good.  However, I also felt three feet.  She was still trying to have two kids at the same time.  I tried to figure out which feet I needed, and I was starting to regret telling the vet I didn’t need her.  Finally, I felt my way up one leg to the head and tried to sort out which other leg I needed.  Trust me.  If you have legs from two different kids, you are not going to be able to pull one.  Luckily, I had the right legs, and baby boy number two was here.



Since I already knew there was a third and the bag was already broke, I went right back in for him.  I found two legs, but there was no head.  A quick feel left me confident this one was back feet first also.  A quick pull, and buckling number three was here!

Three (standing) and One

Three (standing) and One

It was a little dramatic, but Haley and all three bucklings are doing well!  I’ll try for some better pictures tomorrow, but they really need that heat lamp today.

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42 Responses to “Tangled Up Triplets”

  1. Margaret March 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Wow! My heart was in my mouth then! Well done and I am very glad all three kids are fine.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      They are all doing quite well! Although Three likes to sleep with his eyes open, which freaks me out.

  2. hedgewitch March 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Goodness! You are quite the goat midwife, Teresa. Cool thinking and great job getting everything to er..come out all right. ;_) Congrats on the new babies.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      It’s all part of the job! Thanks.

  3. brokenbarn March 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    I am sure Haley is very thankful for all your checking and help!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      She was soooo good. She just let me do what I needed to get them out.

  4. Gemma Wiseman March 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    O my goodness you are so skilled and so brave. I don’t think I could handle all that. The new babies look fantastic.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      I’ve had a lot of practice through the years. They are adorable! All so different looking.

  5. S. J. Qualls March 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    Happy to hear everything came out right at the end. 3 boys, wow!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      Yep! I love my happy endings!

  6. Marie March 19, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    Congratulations on your new additions. Great Job under your watchful eye.. Job well done. They are so cute.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:31 am #

      Thanks, Marie. It comes with the job. Most times it isn’t this dramatic though.

  7. Alica March 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Dr. Teresa! 🙂 Congratulations on a job well done!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:31 am #

      I’m sure you’ve done your share of cow midwifery!

  8. treadway March 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    So glad all went well! I just had to tell you I got on here to show my granddaughter your pics of Duchess and Duke…you know the one of Duchess…anyway, she fell in love and we spent a good half hour or more looking at your goats and reading their names. She had a blast.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:32 am #

      We should have quite a few new ones to look at in the coming week! I’m glad you enjoy your visits here.

  9. Judith @ Lavender Cottage March 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    It’s a good thing you know what to do in these emergency situations and have the patience to figure out what body parts are where, and need to be.
    Congratulations Grandma on triplets!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:32 am #

      I’ve learned a lot (more than I want) in the years since I first got my goats. They do keep you on your toes.

  10. inspiredbyjune March 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    So thankful it all worked out, Theresa! Such adorable babies – good job!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:33 am #

      Thanks. It amazes me how they can all three be so different.

  11. Anney Horlacher March 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

    Wow! You are amazing Teresa!! I am so happy everyone is ok. I would not have known what to do. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I read your blog everyday. Beautiful babies.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:33 am #

      Lots of experience through the years. Although this one was rather challenging. I’m glad you enjoy your visits.

  12. Mama Zen March 19, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

    Good pull! Glad all is well!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:33 am #

      Me too! It’s always a relief when they babies are safely here.

  13. Eileen Wise March 20, 2016 at 5:04 am #

    OH wow, that sounded scary. I am so glad thing swent ok for Haley and her three babies. They are so darn cute! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.
    Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:35 am #

      Thanks for hosting, Eileen. I love Saturday’s Critters. It is a relief to have them here.

  14. Pondside March 20, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    That had all the excitement of an old-fashioned cliff hanger. I’m so glad that all three arrived safely.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 8:35 am #

      Me too. It’s always a bit scary when it’s time for kidding.

  15. Karen Seek March 20, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Glad all was well — they are so cute– will be fun to see when they are all romping around!!!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      It doesn’t take long for them to be up and bouncing all over. They are fun!

  16. Crystal March 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Whew you make cows sound easy, at least there’s usually just one. Never had much to do with goats, a little bit with sheep and that was pretty fun but I don’t ever remember triplets, almost all twins though and I do recall a few tangled up. Always nice to have the vet handy if you need

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      I can truly say that cows are much, much easier than goats.

  17. DeniseinVA March 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Phew! Applauding you for saving the day. Must have been incredibly stressful but such sweet kids and adorable photos of them. Glad it was such a happy outcome. I agree, you were very brave but I guess you have got to do what you have to do. Applauding again a little more loudly!!!

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Truly, it’s all in a day’s work for a livestock farmer.

  18. Rajesh March 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    They are cute.

    • Teresa March 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      She does give me beautiful babies.

  19. Jeanne March 21, 2016 at 2:30 am #

    Wow! You’re amazing, Teresa! I wouldn’t be able to do what you did. Congratulations on a job well done! They all look very good. I’m looking forward to seeing them in a few days, and seeing them grow. How many more do you expect this week?

    • Teresa March 21, 2016 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks. It’s all part of the job. I have somewhere between 7 and 9 more to kid. Sadly, I still can’t decide on a couple of them.

  20. Abrianna March 21, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    So glad it worked out well.

    • Teresa March 21, 2016 at 11:31 am #

      Me too. It’s always a worry and a blessing when we are kidding.

  21. pattisj March 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    That was a scary moment for me, but you handled it in style! Lots of boys, so far.

    • Teresa March 23, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Not a lot of choice when you get started in those situations. LOL You just keep working at it.

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