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!

I think Gerda is telling me enough pictures. She needs her rest.


Lamb said...

CUTE goat babies! I laughed when I read your account...sounds like you had a little too much "help"! Glad Gerda delivered easily and the wee goats are fine.

goatpod2 said...

Congrats on the goat kids!


TexWisGirl said...

well, that's something the grandkids will never forget witnessing. glad all went well for their first birth experience!

Anonymous said...

What sweet, sweet pictures. Have a nice weekend, Peggy.

Carolyn Renee said...

Congratulations on the cuter than cute kids!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how cute, Peggy.... Gerda just popped those little ones out, didn't she????? They are so precious. Congrats, Grandma!!!!

amelia said...

No napping with a 2 and 4 yr old around! Not unless they're napping!

You did it again Peggy, you and Gerda together. Your goats must totally rely on you to help them, save them and love them!!

On another note, we have about a thousand red wing blackbirds, grackles and starling who have invaded us. Do you have any (non violent!) ideas on getting rid of them?

Terry and Linda said...

Ahhh how cute! And the human ones are darling also!

You are the best Peggy!


Leigh said...

Congratulations! So, so cute. I'm glad all went well.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Goats are almost as cute as children. You care for them so well I am always impressed.

Yesterday was your birthday. I think. I meant to send you a note but I was distracted with an election to for the leader of my political party. So Happy Birthday. I trust you had a lovely day.

Guide to Raising Goats said...

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Lib said...

Hi Peggy,
Loved catching up with whats going on with you .
Hope you have a great week.