That’s what kidding and lambing season is all about. And in the midst of all this, I got sick last week with an upper respiratory, and then on Monday woke up with an atomic head cold to go along with it. I guess that’s what spending most of the weekend outside in the bitter wind did for me. Ah well, I have to say that I don’t get sick like this often, and it is frequently in March!
Aside from trying to get as much rest as possible, one of the biggest problems we have had on our hands, however, has been our yearling doe Betsy. She was shaping up like she was close to going into labor two or three times, but then didn’t, and that was two weeks ago. Then she began to show signs of pregnancy toxemia. And so for the last week we have been treating her for this, but her appetite didn’t come back, and she really was losing vigor and tone. Not having a due date on her I really felt like so many things could be going on, and was beginning to be scared for her. So yesterday I made the decision to take her to a vet that is not close by, but who has a large animal practice, and the capability of doing just about anything for small ruminants and horses right there.
We determined that she is close to having a natural labor, but the babies are so big and mal-positioned, that we ended up leaving her to be induced, and the vets very likely are going to have to do some kid pulling. When I saw the X-rays, I knew it was well beyond my skill level. I am hoping for a good outcome for Betsy in particular, she is my first priority. We are cautiously optimistic about the outcome for the kids as well. But that is definitely a bigger ‘if’ right now. We are waiting for word sometime after late afternoon today, or anytime into tomorrow.
And so here at home her mama Battie is mooning about the place looking in every nook and cranny for her baby. Sam found her wandering the paddock late last night peeking into every corner up there. I always feel bad when I have to separate family units. Hopefully Betsy will be home quite soon and in the pink again as well.