New life

First baby

Is always so precious and wonderful.  We finally have had our first babies of the season!  Eleganza, our beautiful Guernsey girl, went into labor this afternoon.  I wasn’t there for the very beginning, but when I went out around 2 PM, I knew that she had not just begun her labor.  She is a real trooper, and last year had two 8.5 lb bucklings without any help from us.  This time seemed to be a bit different.

Goats and sheep usually deliver their babies in an intact sac filled with amniotic fluid.  You can usually see the head resting on the two front legs, as they come to meet us as though they are diving into a pool.  This one was no exception, nothing wrong about his presentation, but there was something wrong with her ability to get him delivered.  This poor little/big fellow was coming out and going back in, which is not unusual, but our girl Eleganza was not making any progress.  I don’t tend to interfere with a birth if it looks normal, but after almost an hour, as she began to lose steam, I waited for my chance and helped the little bugger along as she was having a contraction.  He is a very big boy, over 9 lbs, and I am glad I did help him out as he had been so stressed that he was passing a lot of meconium poops into his amniotic sac.  And so we have our first baby of the season!

Baby #2

And then his brother made an appearance an hour later, just as I like to see it, so that the first could have all his mother’s attention for a bit before having to take care of the second baby.  Our little guy was up and nursing before I knew it, and the second large buckling was born with no help from me, thank goodness.  The darker red buck is actually the second born, and the smaller of the two, although he looks bigger because of the camera angles.

I love it when we have babies in the daytime!  And no, we still have no spring peepers!

11 thoughts on “New life”

  1. Soon for the peepers! I can feel it. And you are right about those babies: How precious they are! Glad all went well for mother and kids.

  2. Well that answers a few questions for me! At the farm I help at there seems to be a problem when twins are born. They are usually born quite rapidly – one after the other – and the mom seems to ignore the second. But I can see if she’d had a little more time she would have managed looking after the one before the second. And when there are triplets – the third ALWAYS has a risky start. Glad your two are doing well! The peepers must be hiding from the wind. 😉

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. What a handsome baby. You and Eleganza did a great job. 🙂🐐

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  4. Wonderful! Congratulations! We heard the peepers for the first time this spring last night, I am sure your’s will awaken soon. 🙂 Are either of them polled?

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