Thursday, March 22, 2012
New Baby Goats
We had Gerda settled in a nice clean stall waiting to have her babies. Tinker one of our guardian dogs decided it would be better to let her out. Tinker pulled the latch to open the gate into the stall. Not only did she pull the latch open, she pulled it all the way out of the hooks and hid it. Gerda got out of the nice clean stall and wondered around the goat yard. I went out to water and saw her out but thought I would let her stretch her legs a bit and put her up after I finished watering. I no more than had that thought when Gerda plopped down on the ground gave a little cry and had her first baby right there on the ground. I ran to the birthing cabinet ( in the stall where Gerda should be) grabbed a few things I would need and ran to help clean and dry the baby. Tinker stood over me making sure I wasn't doing anything wrong and waiting to be the first to sniff the new babies. Meanwhile there is a 4 and a 2 year old standing at the gate to the goat yard screaming for grandma. They are afraid of the big dogs. I ran and grabbed them and sat them on the top of the spools the goats climb and play on. They sat and looked down on all the action. Asking lots of questions while watching the second baby goat be born. I also had spoiled Lil Vicki climbing on my back wanting attention. It was a mess. Thank goodness Gerda had her part under control and all I had to do was help guide the second baby out, clean the airway, and dry it off. Got Gerda and babies moved back to stall with babies nursing. Cleaned up the mess in the goat yard, took the kids back out of the pen and settled down watching Elmo while I gave Gerda warm molasses water, grain, and hay. I finally got a shower while 2 little ones stood at the door yelling at grandma to pour them some juice. I don't know about Gerda, her babies or the grands but I sure am ready for a nap!