Monday, March 18, 2013

Another Doeling on St. Patrick's Day

Gladys and Patti, moments after birth - 3/17/13
We had a nice St. Patrick's Day yesterday.  We were in and out, checking on the kids that were born last week, making sure they were ok, as we had them outside most of the afternoon.  We had been checking on Gladys, our other pregnant doe, and noticed by early afternoon that the ligaments around her lower back had softened. 

When we put the kids away for the night, we went back to check on Gladys.  We found her in the goat shelter, lying down and straining.  We all scrambled, thinking she would have to give birth there; but somehow, we managed to get her to stand up and walk most of the way to the birthing stall.  Birth was imminent, and she gave up walking two thirds of the way there.  We were concerned about the weather and that it might start raining, so we had to improvise with and old sheet, making a sling to carry her the rest of the way.  She was pushing by this point!  We got her settled in just in time to see the beginning of the bubble showing.  Soon thereafter, I saw the nose and hoofs - what a relief it is for me to see that the baby is coming in the right direction!  All I had to do was clean her face when her head came through.  About a minute later, with the next push, I gently helped pull her out, dried her up a bit, made sure her nose was clear, then place her by mama's face. 

We gave Gladys some Nutri Drench - a vitamin drink with glucose which is advertised to be absorbed into the bloodstream within a few minutes.  Both she and Legacy did seem to liven up a bit after having it.  We want to make sure they bond with their kidlings during those first minutes, and that they will be able to stand as soon as possible for them to nurse.

Mission accomplished!

Patti will be a welcome addition to our herd.  The two that were born last week will be moving to other homes.  Ruby will be going to Whiteacre Farm up in Gainesville, where Legacy came from, as that was part of the arrangement we made with them. 

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