Tag Archives: Mary

Spots

22 Mar

Mary has twins this year.  One looks like a lot of my white goats with the light spots.  That comes from my long-ago buck Grover.  Several of my adults still have those markings.

Did you notice his sister?  She has those characteristic markings of her mom and Bonnie and Blaze and Gidget.  Those amazing silver spots will probably fade into tan to look like her mom’s spots.

Bubbles

They are all descended from Kizzy.  She’s the only one that got these amazing spots from Grover instead of the normal big tan patches on white.  I think Zeus might be a good buck for thowing spots.  After all, he is another one descended from Kizzy.  This is one of his kids below.

She belongs to Annie.

Her brother you can barely see below, but he got his mom’s black and white.

But he’s worth looking at from every angle because he also got spots from Zeus.

I don’t know if the silver spots will fade or stay silver.

He’s certainly quite the interesting kid.  I’m thinking I might have to keep Zeus for another year and see if these two can give me a girl with these colors and spots.

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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.

While We Wait

10 Mar

While we wait for kids to arrive, the girls are mostly just haning out in the buildings.

Reva

Of course, rain and crazy wind makes them want to stay inside.

Astra Victoria, Joani, Gidget and Hera, Maisie

Athena and Dolly on the bench; Victoria and Joani lying; Astra’s back

I keep checking them.  I sometimes worry that more of them will get stuck under the workbenches, but that doesn’t happen very often.

Ava

They also wander around eating leftovers.

Annie and Mary

Astra has decided that it is not easy to walk on my paths that were filled with water yesterday and froze overnight.  I have to agree with her.

Astra

The ones in the garage are just lounging.

Haley (lying down), Cinnamon, Blaze, Bonnie, and Wanda

Actually, they’re just waiting on room service.

Bonnie

Wanda thinks we need better basking opportunities in the garage.

Wanda

They could all use a “wide load” sign.

Haley

I still keep wondering what the heck I did breeding Margarita.

Margarita

I guess I know–I keep thinking of her as a yearling, but she’s not.  She’s the same age as Caroline who is about twice as big.

Caroline (and Sidney in back)

If we make it through this, I will not be breeding her again.  I can’t take the worry.