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More Kids

15 Mar

I left off in the kidding with the easy one.  Margarita, the one I had been so worried about, was the next to go into labor.  Wednesday evening, I waited patiently and watched and encouraged her to push, and I even told her I’d give her a peanut when it was all over.  She did awesome!  She got the baby pushed down, and then I saw a nose.

That’s not good.  They need to come feet first and then the nose.  Otherwise, they get stuck at the shoulders.  It’s not fun, but I pusehd the baby back in.  I actually was having a hard time doing that, so I called the vet emergency number, and it was while I was on the phone with the poor woman, with Margarita screaming, with me panting my phone number when she asked that he slipped back enough for me to get my hand under and find a hoof.  I managed to pull him out.

Poor baby was very small, and he was weak and exhausted after that traumatic birth.  He is doing well.

After that, Gidget went right into labor, and she did an awesome job at having her two bucks!

Thankfully, nobody did anything overnight, but I had been watching Mary closely because she had fluids all over her tail.  In the morning, she still wasn’t doing anything, and then she started the yelling like she had lost her kid.  I was worried that she had kids poorly positioned and not able to move them down, so I called the vets, and he came later in the morning and checked her. She was just opening, so we continued moving goats around from one pen to another and letting those with kids out into the barnyard, and it was finally about 1:30 in the afternoon when her two boys arrived.

In the evening, Sidney had her two boys.  It was a bit chaotic for the poor girl because Astra kept talking to her kids, and she kept looking around even though I was trying to give her her baby.  Ava was next door talking because she was also in labor.  Aurora was supervising everything.

Then I got her second boy out, and we decided to  move her into a section of Wanda and Ava’s pen because the wind was so horrible, and she was struggling to settle in with the babies.  The move helped, and they are all doing well.

Then Ava had a girl and a boy.  (I like those one sentence reports on them kidding.)

My dear sister came to let me sleep all night while she did checks, and we knew Haley was going to kid sometime, so it wasn’t a real shock when my phone rang and my sister told me that Haley’s baby was trying to come nose first.  She had gotten it pushed back and found one leg, but the other leg wasn’t coming.  After I went out and checked and tried pulling, I decided it must have been legs from two different kids.  Finding a third hoof confirmed this, but no matter what, I just could not get the other leg. I gave up and called the vet.  That, of course, was the kids’ cue that they were ready to come out.  I swear, admitting defeat and calling the vet is like the magic button to get the kids to finally arrive.  I never did find the second foot, but we managed to pull it with the head and one foot out.  The second one was no problem.  Of course, she had two boys!

I went back to bed, and it wasn’t too long before I heard a goat scream.  I figured it was Joani trying to kill Hera who had snuck into her pen, so I went running down the stairs and out to the greenhouse to find that Victoria had given birth to one big girl.  Okay, this was more than one sentence, but it was just the way I like it to go!

Nobody else did anything overnight, but my sister checked them frequently and I took over the checks at about 6am.  Finally, when I went out for the 8am check, Clover was kidding.  The first one wasn’t too bad. Of course, Aurora was my supervisor.  The second one, however, was once again nose first.  I am pretty sure we should quit trying the nose first method.  It doesn’t work.

Everyone is doing well though.  As of this writing, it’s a race to see if Caroline or Cinnamon will be next.

It’s a close race.

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Everyday Things

11 Mar

While we’re waiting, along with checking goats numerous times around the clock, I still have all my everyday things to do.  Part of that is wondering if I should try to move more goats into the garage with rain in the forecast for Tuesday through Thursday.

Cutie

The warmer weather means my back door in the chicken room is thawed, and I could put Athena and Hera over there with everyone else if I need to.

Gidget and Hera

I’m a bit worried about the back cattle lean-to though because all the rain and melting snow runs through it.  It is likely to become a muddy mess.  They do have a fair amount of space that will stay clean, but I might have to figure out something else.  I’m just not sure what.

Myson, Casey, LilyAnn and in back Maybeline, Buster, Vinnie, and Stormy

Then there’s the maintenance of my panels that I have separating everyone.  This one was completely undone.

I have to keep my panels in place or I’d have everyone mixed together.  I don’t want that.  It’s a lot harder to check and keep my pregnant girls where I want them to kid when they are all mixed together.  Besides, some big wether keeps thinking he wants his mommy, but his mom needs to focus on the new babies coming.

Moose

I also got new salt/mineral blocks put out.  They melt so quickly in this wet, snowy weather.

Stormy (and a LilyAnn butt)

I am still feeding full hay.  Over the weekend, I ran out of hay on the bottom. I had to start throwing it from above.  At least, I’m not worried about running out.

Astra

There’s still a lot up above.

No babies yet, but if I get busy and can’t get blog posts up you can follow along on the farm FB page for almost real time updates.

Where Will They All Go?

26 Feb

I am going a bit nuts trying to figure out where to put twenty goats to kid all at once over spring break.  If it were supposed to be a beautiful normal spring, it wouldn’t be a problem.  They could kid outside.  That’s not the case though.  It looks like it’s going to be cold.

screen shot from accuweather.com

So I’m trying to figure out who to put with whom.  I think I can have Bonnie, Blaze and Gidget together without any problems.

Bonnie

Blaze

Gidget

I’m not so sure I can add Bonne and Blaze’s half-sister Mary to the mix though. She sometimes gets along, and sometimes she doesn’t.

Mary

Then there’s Margarita.  She’s little, and I’m pretty sure she will have to be by herself.

Margarita

Sidney, Cutie, and Astra are in the same situation. And I can’t even put two of them together because they would suddenly get pushy with the other one.

Astra

I’m pretty sure Wanda and Ava, mother and daughter, will be okay together.

Wanda

I’m not sure that will work with Annie and Caroline though.

Annie

Sometimes, moms don’t won’t their last baby with them trying to still act like their baby when they have new kids coming.

Annie’s baby Caroline

Victoria and Clover are three-quarters sisters and get along, but I’m not sure they can be together for kidding.

Victoria

Then there’s the handful of pushy ones that I’m sure have to be by themselves: Joani, Hilda, Haley, Cinnamon, Reva, and Maisie.

Maisie

Oh my.  I need another building the size of my garage.