Thursday, April 26, 2012
Right on schedule Buttons went into labor ( April 25 and for once I had it right on the calendar). I kept an eye on her for a couple of hours but when she started pushing but nothing was happening I knew something was wrong. I did a cervix sweep to see if that would help things but after 15 minutes still pushing but nothing. William did a check and found one of the baby goats crossways with the other two trying to get over top of the first one so they were all tangled up. William spent 2 hours untangling the BIG kids and making sure he had the right feet to the right body before helping it down the birth canal and out into the world. The one that was crossways had to be pushed back and turned around. Buttons was a sweetheart and actually listened to us and did what we ask. I know it sounds crazy but when we ask her not to push and try to relax she would stop pushing and just lay real still. When we told her we needed her to push she would brace her feet against the wall and push as hard as she could. After the babies were born I had to suction 2 of them because they had a little fluid in their lungs they were standing trying to nurse. Buttons looked at me and then turned and gave William a kiss. People may think goats aren't smart but I am here to tell you they are very smart, understand what you are saying, and appreciate any help given. Momma and babies are doing great. Buttons is sore after all she has been through so I am making sure she gets pain meds and antibiotics. A few days in their private stall and they will be rested and ready to join the herd. Buttons had 2 boys and 1 girl. No names yet but soon.... I hope.