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Finally Finished

22 Jun

We are finally finished kidding for 2019!  Vinnie had her twins yesterday, on the first day of summer.

Vinnie and kids

For some reason, I ended up naming all of her kids with V names.  It started with Victoria, and it ends with these last two.  The lack of copper was really hard on her with the pregnancy this time, and these will be her last babies.  I present to you Vinnie and her buck, Vulcan.

This is her doe, Venus.

Venus

She didn’t have babies last year when we were doing Mythology names, so I thought I’d use them this year.

Vulcan

You know what the end of kidding means…I get to sleep all night long!

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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.

Mess in the Milk Room

11 Mar

It’s been a rough winter.  That means it’s hard on the animals.  Hilda had her Sam babies, a buck and a doe, yesterday at about 5:30.  That’s too late for them to get really dry before it’s cold.  We’re still about five degrees below our historic average, and that’s a big deal at this time of year with having babies.

Hilda and babies (That’s the abscess scab on her cheek–she won’t let me take it off.)

Her kids were getting chilled, and they were kind of weak.  They were not going to make it out in the building, even with a heat lamp.

So I brought them to the milk room.  I’ve given her little girl a bottle or two just to help her get some strength, and they are both doing okay now.

We’ll see how good of a job I did with my outdoor washable paint.  I’m sure it will clean up just fine.  But the babies are doing well; that’s the important thing.  But I really hope they are stronger and out in the building by the time this post publishes this evening.