A Not So Graceful Birth

8 Jun

It was pretty obvious that Joani was going to have her kids yesterday.  She had been talking and looking for a place to have them most of the evening.  Finally, the contractions were coming pretty strong.

Joani van de Yell

Joani van de Yell

She still couldn’t decide where to have them.  She was more interested in the little kids.  She thought about going back out to pasture.

Pregnant doe_8566ews

I finally got her into the barnyard and shut the gate.  Then I left her for a few minutes to see if she would settle down.  She pawed a food pan, laid down and gave a couple of hard pushes, and I saw the bag.  Then she got up.  The crazy circling the barnyard began.  Maisie took a step towards her.  Sugar looked at her.  She would not stop going all over and try pushing.  When she would start a contraction, she’d start walking.  I finally got her in the pen of the greenhouse, but I tried letting Vinnie out.  Big mistake.  Joani made a run for it.  I got a pen ready in the greenhouse and went after her again.  We finally did a little ring around the picnic table for a while until I slowly got on the bench and reached across the table.  I did say a little prayer she didn’t take off and drag me with her, and it must have paid off. I got her horn and finished crawling across the table.  Then I had to drag  her to the pen.  I put a collar on her and tied her and went in.  I felt a huge foot.  I mean huge.  And another foot and then a tail.  I pulled.  He came out without too much problem until we got to the shoulder and head.  Then he kind of locked up.  That is not a good way to get stuck because he can’t breathe on his own and the umbilical cord is getting smashed, so I pulled harder.  It’s amazing how far those kids can stretch out when you pull.  Finally, he came loose and hit the hay on the floor and Maisie did a face plant into the work bench in front of her.  I quickly cleared his mouth and let her clean him off.


I only waited a moment before I went back in.  I felt two smaller feet and a tail, so I quickly pulled that one.  Much easier!


Maisie was doing a really good job of taking care of her kids once they got here, but she was still mad at me.  She kept snorting at me.  Really????  She might have had them if she had actually tried pushing, but he is a big boy with a huge van de Yell head (which is why I don’t breed with Boeris anymore).

Joani Buck_8603ews

Joani Doe_8590ews

Oh well.  It might have been a bit melodramatic, but everyone is doing well.  I present to you:





Joani isn’t snorting at me today, and she’s relieved to be in a pen where the other does can’t look at her or pick on her.

Doe eating_8611ews

She also kind of likes the room service.

Doe eating hay_8610ews

I hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are at the top of my sidebar.


16 Responses to “A Not So Graceful Birth”

  1. S. J. Qualls June 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

    What a go-round she gave you! Glad her cuties are both fine.

    • Teresa June 9, 2016 at 7:31 am #

      Literally a go around in circles. I’m just glad we got them here and all are doing well.

  2. Jeanne June 9, 2016 at 1:50 am #

    What a workout – for both you and Joani! I had to feel extra sorry for her when she did her face plant. And what a difficult birth!

    • Teresa June 9, 2016 at 7:33 am #

      I felt bad about the face plant too. And she got her horns tangled in the collar and leash, so she couldn’t really move until I freed her. But her baby was out and fine! I didn’t have to even tie her to get the second one.

  3. Mrs M R Adamson Adamson June 9, 2016 at 1:53 am #

    What a palava but all was well in the end and the kids are adorable

    • Teresa June 9, 2016 at 7:33 am #

      Totally worth the craziness! They are adorable kids.

  4. vem030956 June 9, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    All I can say is your are Amazing! And those goats are so lucky to have you! Great job!

    • Teresa June 9, 2016 at 7:34 am #

      I’m just glad I finally caught her before it was too late to help him out.

  5. Dave From Philadelphia June 9, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Ditto everything above!

  6. Anonymous June 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog as we have a little farm with our little fainting goat farm.

    • Teresa June 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks! I’m glad to hear you enjoy my farming adventures. I’ve never had a fainting goat, but I know people that do and really enjoy them.

  7. Tuesday June 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    This is by far one of my favorite births!! Love the names. Therese to maybe a Wednesday??

    • Teresa June 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Who knows? All of them that are successful are my favorites. 😉

  8. Robyn June 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    I love your blog! Your adventures are so fun to read about, and I love the pictures you post. Please keep us up to date on your sweet goat stories!

    • Teresa June 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks, Robyn. I do post every day. It’s not always about the goats, but they do dominate the blog.

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