We have oopsie babies! Dolly, Penny, and Bonnie have all had their kids.
Dolly’s first doe
Dolly’s second doe
Bonnie’s doe (standing) and buck
That only leaves Maisie that was due for February 1. You can keep up with the number count in my side bar.
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We finished kidding for 2016 today. When the goats came up from pasture, I went to check them and found Litha in the barn in labor. I didn’t find Reva anywhere. After trying to decide who needed my attention more, I called my mom to come hang out with Litha and I went to find Reva. Luckily, I could spot her down in the pasture from the barnyard, so I knew right where to go. When I got close, I saw her and her twin boys.
Reva van de Yell
I had my son come out and help me get her back to the barnyard. We put the kids in a pet taxi in the back of the Ranger, and we had Reva stand in front with us. It was a bit crowded, but we got to the barnyard.
She and the boys are doing well.
Litha wasn’t much longer before she had her twins.
Litha May Street
They’re doing well too.
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It was pretty obvious that Joani was going to have her kids yesterday. She had been talking and looking for a place to have them most of the evening. Finally, the contractions were coming pretty strong.
Joani van de Yell
She still couldn’t decide where to have them. She was more interested in the little kids. She thought about going back out to pasture.
I finally got her into the barnyard and shut the gate. Then I left her for a few minutes to see if she would settle down. She pawed a food pan, laid down and gave a couple of hard pushes, and I saw the bag. Then she got up. The crazy circling the barnyard began. Maisie took a step towards her. Sugar looked at her. She would not stop going all over and try pushing. When she would start a contraction, she’d start walking. I finally got her in the pen of the greenhouse, but I tried letting Vinnie out. Big mistake. Joani made a run for it. I got a pen ready in the greenhouse and went after her again. We finally did a little ring around the picnic table for a while until I slowly got on the bench and reached across the table. I did say a little prayer she didn’t take off and drag me with her, and it must have paid off. I got her horn and finished crawling across the table. Then I had to drag her to the pen. I put a collar on her and tied her and went in. I felt a huge foot. I mean huge. And another foot and then a tail. I pulled. He came out without too much problem until we got to the shoulder and head. Then he kind of locked up. That is not a good way to get stuck because he can’t breathe on his own and the umbilical cord is getting smashed, so I pulled harder. It’s amazing how far those kids can stretch out when you pull. Finally, he came loose and hit the hay on the floor and Maisie did a face plant into the work bench in front of her. I quickly cleared his mouth and let her clean him off.
I only waited a moment before I went back in. I felt two smaller feet and a tail, so I quickly pulled that one. Much easier!
Maisie was doing a really good job of taking care of her kids once they got here, but she was still mad at me. She kept snorting at me. Really???? She might have had them if she had actually tried pushing, but he is a big boy with a huge van de Yell head (which is why I don’t breed with Boeris anymore).
Oh well. It might have been a bit melodramatic, but everyone is doing well. I present to you:
Joani isn’t snorting at me today, and she’s relieved to be in a pen where the other does can’t look at her or pick on her.
She also kind of likes the room service.
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