Kidding is officially finished

Pippi and babies with the older kids watching intently
Pippi and babies with the older kids watching intently

Phew! It was quite the long stretch. We finally had our last kids today. Yesterday afternoon at choretime, Pippi walked away from the feeder right after she had her fill of grain and went to stand alone in the greenhouse. Not soon after that SnowPea followed her and grabbed the larger side of the greenhouse, so Pippi had to take the smaller side. (I have the two after-kidding jugs set up in the middle of the greenhouse as it is drier than the side edges right now). So the whole space is divided up into thirds.

Elf and babies dozing on the side
Elf and babies dozing on the side

All of this space-grabbing by Pippi and SnowPea meant that Zelda and Elf would probably not be allowed into the shelter, and I knew a drenching rain was on the way. (Well, Pippi allowed Zelda and all the babies onto her side, but SnowPea was vigilant and would absolutely not hear of Elf sharing her space). After about my third check on them at 8 PM or so I was extremely unhappy about the situation so I locked SnowPea into the jug area, thinking that she would hang out there the night and then I would let her out. Surprise! Come 11:30 she was in labor. She didn’t look very far along, so I went back inside to have a cup of rose hips tea and give her some time to warm up. I got my kit together and at 12:20 went out there to find a white doe and a beige buck on the ground, looking for dinner. And as I got them their Bo-Se shots (selenium), dipped their navels, and made sure they were nursing, I looked over to find Pippi being her usual dramatic self, this time really in labor!

Pippi's babies fed, dry and resting
Pippi’s babies fed, dry and resting

And so it goes. Another year’s breeding has come to an end, with a new beginning for 8 gorgeous babies! Pippi had a beautiful black and white buck and a stunning charcoal grey doe. In spite of the damp weather, all seem to be doing quite well. We made sure to get our disbudding appointment for Saturday morning, so everything seems to be in order. We think. At least I can check on everyone at a decent hour tonight and then get a full night’s sleep :*)

Pippi's boy is a very curious fellow!
Pippi’s boy is a very curious fellow!
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