Saffron is our very sweet girl that came from Ardelia Farm a year and a half ago. She was the one that had issues kidding last year and had a stillborn preemie. Two vets told me that there must be something wrong with her plumbing and that she would most likely not be able to carry babies to full term in the future. But the post-mortem on the preemie baby indicated that she died of an infection, not that she just couldn’t be full term for some physical reason.
So we gave Saffron another chance. I think when we brought her home over a year ago she had a lot of stress, and things just didn’t work out for her (she aborted the fetus she had been carrying, having gotten bred at Ardelia, and then got re-bred here). And I think that I am glad we gave her another chance, because she just had two beautiful doelings this afternoon!
I wasn’t home today, and I got a text from Sam saying that he had fed everyone this afternoon, a little before 3. He couldn’t find Saffron, and when he went into the recesses of the other greenhouse, there she stood with two clean and nearly dry babies, delivering her placenta. Easy-peasy, I guess! He said she never made a sound, and he was just in the next greenhouse, which is only 6 feet or so away.
She is a fantastic mama, and stands forever to encourage her babies to nurse. I think the larger of the two is in a milk coma this evening as I couldn’t get her interested in getting back on the teat when I went out to check them a little while ago. They both feel fine, and have warm mouths. (I get obsessive and look for the first dark meconium poops and then later the yellow poops that show milk consumption, but some of the moms get rid of the evidence, and I couldn’t find any signs of the baby’s fecal matter, so I just have to trust that things are going to plan). It’s my turn to do the late bottle feed tonight, so I will double check on them again.
10 babies on the ground so far, 8 of them are does. I hope there are a lot of people out there who want Guernsey goats this year! I certainly can’t handle all the added mouths to feed, at least not for long! These girls are just doing too good a job :*)