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Not How It Works

22 Mar

I think someone needs to tell Vanna that this is not how the round bale feeder is supposed to work.

I guess I can’t blame her.  Those big fat goats are not good at letting the little or wimpy ones in to eat.

I’m afraid this is not working well, but I’ve just got to get through until the grass in pasture turns green.  Come on spring!


The Last 48 Hours: Part III

16 Mar

Finally, morning was here!  I figured I’d have a break after Mary’s girls were born at 8 am on Tuesday.

Mary’s Doeling #1

I needed a break because I still had to deal with Daisy and her girl.  I decided to move them into the milk room.  Not only did that free up a bit more space, but it also meant they would be alone and in very close quarters.  I have to say, that feral brat was amazing once I managed to drag her across the barnyard and into the milk room.  Seriously, why can’t they just walk for me?  She was almost perfect while I helped her baby nurse.  By this time, her little girl had had several bottles, and it’s not easy to get a baby to switch back to the real thing, but by the end of they day, they were doing great!

I was also giving supplemental bottles to Reva’s boy and Hilda’s girl.  Originally, I think Reva had a touch of mastitis, but I was treating it and she is doing much better at feeding her kids now.  Hilda’s girl is just a bit off.  It’s like she has some sort of palsey.  I figure she’ll either make it, or she won’t, but I’ll do what I can to help her keep up with that big brother she has.

Reva’s kids and Hilda with her kids

By mid-morning, I’d figured out that Wanda was in labor.  It was just a matter of when she was going to have them.  I drug her (of course) into the greenhouse and put her in the pen I had planned for Daisy.


I kept checking her and everyone else.  Just before lunch, much to my surprise, Clover was down by a tree having her kids.  That’s good, but we still had a biting cold wind, so shortly after they arrived, I took them up to the garage.

Now this is where goat personalities come into issue.  They are more like humans than any other animal I’ve ever seen, and I don’t mean that as a compliment.  They have cliques.  They are bullies.  They are just downright nasty to each other sometimes.   Clover was going to kill Cutie.  I did some switching around, and put Cutie out in the buck room with anyone who did not have kids getting shut outside.  They were out of the wind because of the building, so I figured they could stand it for a while.

Meanwhile, Wanda was still doing nothing but staying in labor.  When the vet called me back to confirm Harley’s meds for her back injury, I did warn him that I had a goat in labor and not making progress.  Eventually, I did call back because if Gidget was a mean mom, Wanda was totally wacked out when I tried to check her.  It took the vet quite a while to figure out which part went to which kid and get her to finally give birth, but she has an adorable little boy and girl who both look a lot like their grandpa Marley.

I did warn the vet that Wanda’s daughter was in the barn in labor too.  I had noticed Ava was isolating herself and looking for some place to have her kid.  I had to get a little bit creative because I was really running out of room.  I still had to do something with Cutie because I needed my old and run-down goats to be able to come back in the buck pen, and I still wasn’t sure how Aurora would react to meeting kids.


I decided leave Ava in the barn and then just bring them in somewhere after they were dried off.  That way I had time to readjust my greenhouse.  I divided Gidget’s pen in half and put Cutie in there after I put a tarp on the door to stop the strong northeast wind.


Cutie Pie

I did think I might be able to put Wanda and Ava together, but not with them having their kids so close together.  They needed bonding time.  Lucky Wanda got to keep all of her pen.

I put panels in the front part to divide it for Ava to have a private spot and Harley and her girls could have the rest.  And somewhere in the afternoon, I noticed that Daisy’s little girl had a sore eye–it was entropian.  I called the vet and made an appointment to take her over Wednesday morning.


Somehow, while I was doing all these adjustments, some goat decided to knock a board off my rail fence and everyone ran out into the driveway.  That was a nightmare because the dog kept barking at them.  They found a basket of corn I had set out of the garage when I put Maisie and Mary in there.  They are just naughty.

Sky “I’m a good dog.  I barked and barked and barked to tell you they were out.”

Anyhow, after bribing them back into where they belonged by giving them their corn for the day and fixing the fence, Ava was totally distracted from having kids.  Then she got distracted when I gave everyone hay.  By then it was getting too late for her to have them outside, so I brought Ava to the greenhouse.  Once we were in the greenhouse, she got distracted by her mom’s hay.  Then she was distracted by Bob.  Finally, I said enough of this and checked her.  I could feel a foot right there, but she was not open at all, so I kept working to get her to open up and then I could feel teeth.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find another foot.  There is no way this one was coming out of a first time mom with a leg back.  I pushed the baby back and found the foot and got it pulled forward.  I finally started pulling, still working to get her opened up.  I wasn’t easy, but we got her little girl here!

She was also quite attentive and began washing her immediately.  I was really happy when I checked a little later and saw that her doe was even nursing without help!

That was nine girls having 18 kids in about a day-and-a-half.  But we’re not done with the craziness.  To be continued…



The Last 48 Hours: Part 1

14 Mar

The last 48 hours have been pretty overwhelming.  It all started with Cinnamon’s kidding at 1:30 on Monday.  It will take me a whole week to tell you about those two days, so I’ll tell you how it started. (I apologize for the large number of crappy cell phone pictures, but that’s all I had time for.)


And, if you know Cinnamon, you know she’s a drama queen, so the action actually started at 10:00 the night before.  That’s when she decided I should sit with her and hold her hoof.  Since I had no idea when she was going to finally get down to having her baby I put a pen in the back of the buck room, and I got to check her every couple of hours all night.  Twice she had been jumping on the panel I was using to make the pen and nearly had it knocked down.  I let her out in the morning and moved her into the Ranger stall in the garage where I had already penned Clover, Cutie, Pistol and then added Vixen and Vinnie because the winter has nearly killed them.  I put those girls and Aurora back into the buck pen and outside area.  I’m telling you, I feel like all I’ve done is pen goats and move goats around.

Cinnamon and Athena

Like I said, she finally had her baby at about 1:30 pm.  Of course, that was typical Cinnamon as well.  She got the baby almost here and decided she just couldn’t continue, so I tugged on her little hooves, and out she came.  I present to you Athena!

By the time Cinnamon finished, I saw that Gidget was in labor and looking for a place to have her kids.  I put her in the greenhouse and waited.


Finally, I ended up calling the vet because Gidget is one mean mom.  She will stomp her hoof, snort and smack me with her horns.  That makes it hard to fight her and help her have kids at the same time, so the vet got the privilege of bringing her babies into the world.  The one in back is a buck, and the one in front is a doe.  I’m horribly behind on naming kids.

By then, I figured out that Daisy was going to do something.  This is where things got a little weird.  While I was feeding everyone, someone hit Harley hard, and she went down.  She couldn’t get up.  It took her a bit, and she was still struggling with her back end.  That’s the kind of injury Pistol had that we’re just really lucky she didn’t end up paralyzed.  I put Harley in the greenhouse so she didn’t get hit again and could rest and be on some good anti-inflammatory medicine.  Because the winter was so hard on my kids, I also caught Harley’s two girls and put them in there with her too.   So all of a sudden, I was starting to run out of space for my girls, and we were really too cold to let Daisy have her baby outside that late in the afternoon.

Twyla, Harley, Toffee hidden behind her mom, and Ava standing

Daisy has a crazy feral streak in her even though most times I can pet her.  However, I dragged her (yes, bucking and fighting) to the greenhouse.  I was going to put her in a pen in front of Gidget, but Daisy decided to jump on the workbench.  No problem.  She could have the whole rest of the greenhouse.  Harley was in pain and wasn’t going to bother her and Daisy was busy trying to have her kid.


I left her alone to calm down and adjust to her surroundings.  I figured she would be fine.  When I went back to check on her, she was in the process of trying to give birth on the work bench full of goat berries (with Toffee below).  Really?  That is not a good plan.

I made her get down.  By that time, since I had caught her, I decided the baby was coming out before she went back up there and I had to chase her around again to catch her.  I pulled out her beautiful baby girl, and I put her in front of Daisy, and she looked quite unimpressed, but I left them alone hoping her mother instinct would kick in.  She just kept looking at her.  She’d sniff her.  That’s it.  By this time it was dark and getting cold, and the baby had to be dried off.  That means, I did it. I left her to see if the baby would nurse from her, but Daisy was having none of that.

Luckily, I had colostrum frozen from last year, so I got some in her and figured she was good for the night.  By this time, I’d also decided that there was a good chance Cutie was going to have her baby sometime during the night.  Luckily, I had already put a pen in the Ranger stall for Cinnamon, so I could shut Cutie in the other part of the Ranger stall and the rest of them with Aurora in the buck room.


And that is how these two crazy days began.  To be continued…