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April Fools

28 Mar

You might remember that I have been complaining incessantly about Zeus getting out and making all kinds of unauthorized kids.  Well, do you remember in the middle of all that I also told you about Astra who decided to sneak through the fence (see my post Water Through a Fence) and have a date with Xerxes?  At least I knew who bred her and when she was due.  She was due for April 1st, April Fools Day.

Astra

But, I guess she decided to really trick me because she gave birth early, on March 27th.

Astra shut in the garage after coming up from pasture ready to have a baby.

She worked hard, and I was trying to get a video for you, but when the bag appeared, the baby was tail first, so I had to put down the camera and help.  She had an adorable little girl.

Astra and her little doe

She wasn’t done with just a girl, though.

She really tricked me by having three babies.

The first little white one is a girl and the two big mottled ones are boys.  I helped her little girl get in there and nurse first because it’s probably the only time she won’t have brothers trying to push her out of the way.

Meet Astra’s April fools: Avril, Jester, and Joker.

Avril (French for April)

Jester (front) and Joker (back with more brown on the nose)

I’m guessing the last laugh will be on her trying to keep up with triplets.  I will try to get cute fluffy pictures soon, but we are back to rain.

Bambi is Moved

22 Mar

I am already getting ready for my next oopsie babies.  Bambi is due on March 26th.  At least I know when she’s due and who bred her–that was the first (of many) day Zeus got out.

Bambi

Bambi is a brat, and she can be rather difficult to do anything with.  It’s made worse because she doesn’t have horns for me to grab and drag her places.  But I got her moved with the moms!

How did I do that?

She can’t resist peanuts.  She would follow me anywhere for peanuts.

Thank goatness!  Now I’m going to have to come up with a name for oopsie baby number 5 (and maybe six and seven).  So far I have Uno, 2TC, Trace, and Quatro.  Any number 5 name suggestions?

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.