Saturday, February 27, 2010
Saturday Morning Babies!!!!
All week Patty, my LaMancha doe, has been bagging up with a nice size udder. Now because I am so smart like that, I failed to write down on the calendar when she was bred; therefore I had to rely on her udder size and tail ligaments to clue me in. Yesterday she was bagging up pretty good, almost twice in size so I figured today she would have babies.
Yesterday was a snow day for me and once again, was slammed hard with serious snow fall so I am glad she waited for at least today. I got up early and was out in the barn by 6:15 am and sure enough the babies had dropped into the birth canal as she was hollowed out along the spinal area. Of course, because she is a grain pig she got her grain and was content to eat hay with everyone. I finished feeding everyone else and started cleaning out a stall, out fresh, thick straw down, and hung 2 heat lamps. By 7:30 Patty was starting to have contractions and settled herself into the stall with me.
By 7:45, mucus appeared along with 2 large hoofs. Now of course because Patty is a goof, she was content eating the fresh straw, staring at the birds in the loft, having an occasional contraction, and just driving me nuts as if this was no big deal. By 8:05 inside of presenting a nose for a nice easy delivery, I see another hoof. A smaller hoof. Probably twins I am thinking or a total fiasco of a single birth. Not good.
Why can't anything be easy?
So I wait a few more contractions and nothing so on the next contraction, I reach in to find a head. Found the head contacted to the first 2 hooves. I push the third hood back and with much effort pull a nice size baby out. Patty was very happy to start cleaning this boy up. I noticed the third hoof reappear so instead of waiting for Patty I reached in and pulled the baby out as I was afraid the sack had broke or something along that line. This baby came out nice and easy. A small doeling!! I cleaned her up real quickly with a towel and gave her to Patty to finish.
Above is the black boy trying to find his legs for the first time.
Above is the little girl, she is definitely more active and of course was the first to find the nipple. Boys always seen to be a tad slower at that:)
By 9:30 am Patty had them both all cleaned up and they had started nursing. The little boy is enjoying laying under the heat lamp and the doe is very curious. Patty is enjoying her special privilege stall and will be enjoying her extra grain rations in the weeks to come:)
So, a busy morning and keeping my fingers crossed that all stays well with them!
I love goat babies and its nice to have a bright spot going into March!!
And shall I be keeping both, or one or none?
Come back to see more baby pics and I will keep you posted;)