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Done Kidding…For a Few Days

16 Mar

Annie was due on March 10th.  She was having contractions throughout the evening and overnight of the 13th into the 14th.  I finally did a check late in the morning, and her cervix wasn’t open yet, so I was patient.  The entire time, she just kept munching and eating on the leftover hay in the garage.  I told her she had to give birth before I fed her anymore.  Wanda was upset with that, but I really needed Annie to focus on giving birth.

Annie with Wanda in the background

I finally checked again, and her cervix was open and I could feel a kid right there.  She just needed to push, so I finished chores and came back.  She would paw the ground and then lie down and clamp her legs together and declare that nothing was coming through there and I couldn’t make her.

Just try to make her.

So I called the vet.  I held Annie, and Dr. Aimee finished opening up her cervix and worked pretty hard to get this one big girl here.

I really did tell Annie that I told her so…

But it’s all good.

The baby arrived, and I gave all three girls in the garage more to eat.

Athena and her daughter

As a bonus, Mary actually had her oopsie babies on Sunday before I returned to work.

Mary

She decided to return to the trend of having twins–a buck and a doe.

Trace (doe) and Quatro (buck)

Seems like a good choice.  Now I should be done for about two weeks.

More Kids!

13 Mar

You might have figured out from my previous post that more girls have had their babies.  Here they are in order.  Tuesday night right before bed, Cutie had her twins.

She has a buck and a doe.

Cutie’s buck (with sister in the back)

Cutie’s doe

Then Zinnia had her babies at 2:00 am on March 11th.

Zinnia washing her doe with her buck to the left

She also has a buck and a doe.

Then next morning Wanda had hers.  She is the one I’ve been worried about with her back injury.  She wouldn’t push, and I was afraid to wrestle with her to get them out, so I called the vet to help me.

Wanda and her new twins (sorry for the bad cell phone picture)

She also has a little buck and a little doe.

Wanda’s buck

Wanda and her doe

And then there’s Athena.  I thought she was going to kid Thursday night, so I wanted to shut her in the garage where it’s warmer and I don’t have to worry about wind.

Full udder with the hair away from her teats

I got her in there. Of course, I bribed her with food and then drug her through the building.  It wasn’t long before Wanda and Annie were picking on her and she escaped while I was bringing a panel in to build a pen.  Sooo… I had to catch her again and shut her in.

Athena

When I did my 1:15ish check, she had kids.  She was cleaning the second one off, and the first was getting chilled, so I took him into the soap room to warm up with heat and some colostrum from the freezer.

Athena with the doe she claimed

When I returned him to his maa, she hit him and then knocked me on my butt.  So I now have a bottle kid.  I sent him home with my mom because I worry about Sky. He’ll get spoiled by her.

Athena’s rejected buck

She is being a doting mom to her little girl.

We seem to be on a roll of the buck/doe combination. That just leaves one more for spring break kids!

Come on, Annie!  Farmer Teresa wants to sleep all night!

The First Day of Spring Break

8 Mar

With our nice weather, I’ve decided I can let my girls having kids stay outside.  I don’t have to shut them all in small pens to wait for delivery.

Ava

I did however decided I wanted to separate them from the rest of the herd.  That means, I had to build a temporary fence across the barnyard, from the corner of the Love Shack pen to the corner of the greenhouse pen.  I did this about three years ago (the last time we had nice weather over spring break), and it worked well, so my first day of spring break was spent getting this set up.

Ava, Pistol, and Antigone

I had just put the panels out, when the goats came up from pasture.  Those wethers are so helpful.

Myson with his butt planted where I needed to drive my posts.

Finally, I got the fence up with everyone on the Back Forty side.

Moose would like to lodge a complaint.

I moved most of the girls over.  The only two left for me to catch are Zinnia and Mary.  And they are the last two due, so I’ll try to catch them in the next couple of days, and it will be fine.

Zinnia

Mary

It didn’t take long for them to figure out to go out to pasture.

Annie (Cutie and Reva on the front pasture)

Gidget and Victoria headed out to eat.

It won’t be long before 2TC has company.

2TC with Wanda and Blaze

I did have to shut Maggie and Harley in the Love Shack because they just are not up to running around.

Maggie fighting with Cinnamon (and Caroline who you can’t see)

Cookie I did let out. We’ll see how she does.  There’s room in the Love Shack if I need to put her in with Maggie and Harley.

Cookie

Of course, Marge and Chiffon are wherever they want to be.  Silly bratty girls.  I’m not sure why the are in the Love Shack eating hay, but they have to go through there to get from one side to the other.

Chiffon and Marge in the Love Shack pen; Uncle Casey eating through the fence; Mama Cookie, and Cutie in front of the pen

I think I’m ready for kidding to begin!