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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.

Tony’s Surgery

28 Dec

The vet came yesterday to geld Tony.  I had moved him from the Love Shack to the garage the night before because he had to be off food and water.  He was ready for the surgery when they arrived.

Tony Llama

It was quite the process, but it didn’t really take long for the surgery at all.  The recovery is another story.  It took him forever to wake up.

sleeping after surgery

Then he was still really groggy.

He finally stood up.  He even got a drink and ate a little bit.  He was doing well.

By evening he was struggling to maintain his body temperature and had a wobbly neck.

I can tell you I was really worried.  I heated the garage up a bit more (Thanks for the help, Dad.) and hoped for the best.

In the morning he thankfully looked much better.

He’s still not out of the woods.  I have him on another round of the ulcer meds, and hopefully that will help him recover and then flourish.  Poor baby.

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.