Today we reached two milestones. The first was that we finally have found a home for Betsy’s bottle babies. It was a bittersweet goodbye, but we know they are going to a good home with people who love their goaties, and we also know that it is the best thing for their mother, Betsy. They were on the bottle 3 times a day, but they also never gave her a moment’s peace and were on her udder constantly. I just don’t think I can get her back into any kind of good condition while those growing babies take just about everything she has to give. And so it is a good ending for this part of the spring story.
The second milestone has to do with our little 2+ pound Peanut girl. Yesterday as she was tap-tap-tapping her way around the living room, she began to nose up to things and try sucking. So we tried, and tried to get her on the bottle (to put an end to the tube feeding party that we have been having). She was sucking our fingers like crazy, but would not, under any circumstances, get on the bottle. We tried all our little tricks, but it was a no go. So by 11 PM, I was ready to scream, and my husband said he would help me. (He had also been sitting with the little one and trying to get her to take the bottle, he sometimes does better than I do with getting them started on the teat, usually). He put his hand gently over her eyes and held her head straight, gently, and she went right onto the nipple and has not really looked back. Phew! I couldn’t believe it! She had had a brief moment in the early afternoon when I got the bottle in there and she had sucked up about an ounce, but after that it seemed to be a no-go until this.
Anyway, we got up this morning and I tucked that little one into the chair beside me, got her little mouth open, and off she went, having herself a nice little meal. I am still feeding her goat’s milk with colostrum powder, as I know she didn’t get much from her mother, if anything, but I will taper the colostrum powder off in the next few days.
Big sigh of relief! We had to go to our annual pigeon club meeting today, and since she has figured out how to get out of her rubbermaid tote, we had to put her into our jacuzzi tub with lots of towels, and her tote, while we were gone (although Sam had her out of there most of the day, and she even spent some time napping with him!).
All in all, a good day. And the weather cooperated and almost felt like spring, as well!