And here we go! Battie did not show up for her afternoon suppertime, and at the time, we didn’t notice until everything was over. I was feeding the bottle lambs, and Sam was doling out the grain. When we looked in the other greenhouse, there lay Battie, facing the corner, not doing much. This was about 2:30 PM.
We watched her for awhile, and then we went back to the house. I got into the bathtub and soaked for awhile, but when I was getting dressed, I noticed Sam jogging up the driveway. Not a good sign! He had heard Battie bellowing up in the greenhouse, and guessed what was going on. He got there just as her buckling hit the ground. He got her moved into a jug, and that’s when her little red doeling came dropping in. (We actually thought the doeling wasn’t a viable baby. She was flat as a pancake, wasn’t moving, and wasn’t breathing). We got her nose cleared off and there she was, right as rain. Little spitfire!
I wasn’t really expecting Battie to be due for another two weeks. When I put Reddog in with my group on October 12, I knew that he had been all over Battie, but he also seriously bred her for a full day almost 3 weeks later. So I had the second date on my calendar. Just goes to show you, you never can tell!
On another note, we took Betsy’s babies away from her this morning. Every time she got up, both of them were at her and never let her have a minute of non-nursing. I put them in the jug right next to her, so they can stick their heads through the panel and chat, but no milkies. I don’t think I have ever been given the stink eye from a goat the way Betsy gave me one this morning, but I think in the long run it’s going to be better. She stared at them morosely for a few hours, and by early this afternoon, she was frantically eating hay. And when all the hullaballoo started with Battie, she couldn’t contain herself, standing with her front hooves on the panel, watching and trying to see what was happening. That’s more like most goats I know! Noseybodies, one and all. When I went out to bottle feed her babies at 7 PM, she was still ravenously attacking her hay, and the babies were just happily cuddled up in a corner of their pen. I actually had to wake them up. So I think things are progressing well. I just have my fingers crossed that Betsy keeps moving forward with her nutrition.
What a day! I think a glass of wine is in order! Someone else is doing the 11 PM bottle feeding tonight. That’s a huge gift :*)