Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today's New Baby Boy

I should know better.  I slept in this morning, took a shower, started laundry, ate breakfast, just relaxed a little knowing Sassy was content with her new babies.  I decided to check on her before I fed the boys however when I went out.  When I went into the barn I heard a baby crying out....NOT SASSY'S! I flung open the gate and of course there is chaos because everyone thinks I am there to feed. And standing in the middle of the chaos is a black baby goat.  Where is the mother? Well Daisy is running around looking for food.  My heart caught in my throat as panic set in.  I scooped him up and looked in all the stalls and outside for another one.  He was it. I got him the stall I had cleaned out yesterday, got the heat lamp plugged in, and put fresh straw down.  He was still damp but some one had cleaned him up, I honestly hope it was Daisy because she wants nothing to do with him as of right now.

He is a very solid, healthy little LaMancha baby boy, very eager to nurse and be with his mom.....

.....but Daisy won't let him nurse unless I tie her up so he can nurse.  She will let him nurse then but otherwise when he tries to come up to her, she runs or pushes him away.  She is more concerned about him eating her food than anything less.  I was worried this would happen because she is only a year and half old and she has always been very much about "her".  I have never had this situation with goats or sheep so I am concerned as to when the bonding might happen or if it won't.  I don't want to jump the gun and start bottle feeding but I know there is no way he will make it from 6:30 in th morning till 4:00 when I get home from school. 

He is really sweet and wants to be with someone.  I just don't want her to hurt him by pushing him out of the way if he wants to nurse esp. when I am at school.  Oh, I am just so mad at Daisy!  This is frustrating esp since Sassy is the best mom in the world and Daisy is just concerned about herself and eating. 
Any advice is greatly welcomed!

Sassy and her babies are doing will today, they were even trying to do the hop but were a little wobbly.....too fun to watch;)  I am so exhausted and the weather channel keeps talking about this possible storm potential for Wednesday.......I should just take the whole week off and be done with it!

12 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh dear. Suzanne of blog "Chickens in the Road" just had this happen and the doe eventually turned into a good mother, but Suzanne was able to go out several times a day and hold the doe and make her feed her baby (now she'll nurse all three babies in the goat house - hers and the other doe's twins!). But it's not like you'll be able to feed him more often with a bottle than you would by holding Daisy for him to nurse, so maybe you could survive a few days of severe sleep deprivation by getting up several times in the night to let him nurse before the extended absence during the day?

Susan said...

At least it's Sat. so you still have Sun. for Mom to realize she's a Mom. Don't stress, I'm sure nature will take over. This is a test, this is only a test. It's easier with dogs, when Mirage was confused after a C section, I just smeared peanut butter on their little bottoms. Once she cleaned that up, instinct took over. Mmmmm, maybe some peanut butter? LOL

kristi said...

Michelle,
I considered trying to put him with Sassy & her babies as a possiblity or I will take him to school with me as a bottle baby for at least this week if need be. I have a small crate that I can keep him in....it will be a new "kid" in my classrm;)

kristi said...

Susan,
Dixie is very concerned about the new baby and goes with me to the barn every 2-3 hrs to check on him. I am hoping Daisy has some brain fart tonight and realizes that she is the mom!

Nancy K. said...

THIS is why I hate lambing!
And I've never had a ewe reject a lamb but just the knowledge that it could happen is enough to make me sick....

The gutless shepherdess.

Periwinkle Farm said...

o no i hope she takes him in soon : ( That would make me really mad and fustrated. I am crossing my fingers for you

Kara said...

It took my Corrie cross three weeks of holding her for her to take her ewe lamb back. Since it is a bucking...how about any local 4 h kids that might want to raise a bottle baby? What about those nipple buckets that you could fill with milk replacer before work?

Shula said...

I had a ewe reject a lamb the year before last (we gave her last year off and hope she's forgotten about it), we tried isolating them together but she would butt the baby into the wall! In the end we bottle fed her, I even got permission to take her to college the first week. Ironically her twin sister bonded with her although the mom never did. We did put a jacket on her to keep her warm and put her with the other babies although she had a place to go by herself. Good luck with him, he's a cutie.

Tracey said...

Will Sassy adopt him Kristi?
He sure is handsome!!

Barb said...

How is our boy today??? Mom any better, more accepting?

Tammy said...

I've always been afraid that would happen too, but so far the only bottle baby in 10 years was the little merino/dorset boy with crooked legs. Can you take the week off?? Weather is suppose to be lousy here so I imagine you'll get it too. That way you could spend the week making Daisy feed her boy and perhaps she would take him. Otherwise, sounds like a little bottle baby for you!
Good luck!
Tammy

Laura said...

Are you SURE it's Daisy's kid? I had a similar situation with lambs one time - 4 lambs, 3 ewes that had obviously lambed. All the lambs were white. I punted,and put them with whomever was least perturbed by them.

Keep her locked up, tied in a corner with feed and water available. That should give the little guy a chance.

Good luck!