Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why I don't get anything done

Instead of working in the greenhouse yesterday I spent the day up to my elbows in baby goats. Angel had her babies yesterday about 11. The first one got stuck with it's feet back and it's head part way out. I had to push her back in, hook the front feet and then pull her. Long painful process. She lived through it but couldn't stand. The second baby was breech with her butt coming first. Same process rearranging her. By the time we got the second one out Angel was exhausted. She couldn't stand, and her milk wasn't coming. I got her settled and we started on the kids. We have some powdered colostrum on hand for emergencies. We got some in them, got them dry and warm (it was 36 degrees and 98% humidity out yesterday. Cold for a new born.)

Both babies made it through the night, and the second one is up and doing fine. Angel is up and seems fine too. Her milk is starting to come, and baby #2 is nursing. Baby #1 still can't stand, but she is much stronger.

The two new babies (and a couple of others who were cold) came in for a warm-up and a visit in the evening. Angels girls slept in the dog crate in the family room.


Robbyn said...

So glad they made exhausting and rewarding for you all :)

jack-of-all-thumbs said...

You guys are role models for those of us that talk about self-sufficiency. All of your 'kids' are lucky beyond words.

Nice work with all four of them.

Whirliegig said...

Glad to hear everyone is doing well. I can't agree more with both Robbyn and jack.


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