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;)


Kara said...


Susan said...

Awwwwwwwwwww, I needed that with more snow coming down. They are so darn precious, tell Patty she done good :)

Shula said...

Congratulations, they are both adorable.

Rayna said...

Congrats! And wow, you'd think boys'd be faster ;-) lol!

Christy said...

Congratulations! How cute.

Michelle said...

Congrats! What a lovely birthing experience for all, with you there to help and Patty so relaxed. Wonderful!

Garrett808 said...

i LOVE baby goats. I miss my pygmies when I see your kids. I only wish they weren't such money pits! I got rid of all of mine b.c. of it.

if i were rich i'd buy some la mancha's and nubians. I love both!

tera said...

I agree with Susan: Awwwwwwwwww!

kristi said...

Thank you everyone who stopped by and left a comment about the babies! They are doing very well so far and of course the little doe has quite a pistol attitude:)

Penny said...

Such sweet babies and such a good mama! Will you be milking the mama?