It’s been a busy few days! All of our girls have now delivered their babies, just in time to avoid the rain that is coming in this afternoon. (Actually, I think it is already drizzling).
Yesterday I came and went over and over again up to the paddock, and around 1:30 I decided to take the lawn chair to just outside the girl’s greenhouse, and relax for a few minutes. The sun was warm, and there was a breeze, but not a bad one. I closed my eyes, and then realized I was hearing two things: Eleganza, who was in the greenhouse penned with her babies, was calling to Twig, her 2 year old daughter, who was outside in labor, grunting. Oh my! That goes to show that you are never finished with being a mom! It was so sweet. Twig grunted and growled, and Eleganza called.
Twig was doing really well, and didn’t even get up to get that first baby out, a little doe. What a cutie she is, very spunky at a minute or so old! I didn’t have to guess her sex, as after only a moment, she squatted to pee! That is something I have never seen before. Twig is showing herself to be as good a mother as Eleganza; she had that baby cleaned up and on her feet in record time. As the afternoon wore on, however, I realized her next baby in line was having issues. He had his head tilted up and back, and one leg was all the way forward and out, while the other was all the way back. I don’t think I have had to help any goat births in about 10 years, and here we had two situations in two days that needed a little push. You just never know!
As soon as I got the little guy’s head down and out the back door, she didn’t have any problem getting him out. He’s another beautiful red buck, with a little white blaze on the top of his head. They are both very active babies and are doing well.
And so it goes! 4 babies down. I’ll tell you about Saffron a little later!