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!