In the photos below ... you'll see that I have Alpine, Nubian, and LaMancha does and one Toggenburg. Some people ask me about the LaMancha's ears. One lady asked me why I trimmed their ears? And a little boy asked his dad "Why does she cut their ears off?" If you're not familiar with LaMancha's their tiny ears may look funny, but I find them adorable!
Myrtle delivered 3 kids on the 21st. (see the earlier post for the whole story) Here are a couple of new photos of her kids. They play, dance and jump all over their pen and all over her!
Myrtle's Kids Playing
Then they crash out for an extended nap!
Myrtle's kids napping
Early on Friday morning the 22nd I checked all the does at 5:30 and all was fine so I came back in to get a little more sleep. Then Mom went out to check them around 7:00 and rushed back to the house ... she finally got my attention when I stepped out of the shower to let me know that a doe was in labor in the LaMancha pen! I got out there as soon as I could get dressed and sure enough ... Opal had just delivered a little buck. The LaMancha girls are not due until next Tuesday the 27th at the very earliest ... the buck wasn't even in the pen to have due dates earlier than that!
Opal's little boy
All the does gave me a break on Saturday ... it was a good thing too! I only had 6 kidding pens ready and many more does ready to deliver! I still had 6 kidding pens to get finished!! So, by the end of Saturday I was finished with the kidding pens. They all had fresh bedding, feed and water buckets ... as well as the heat lamps in place.
About the time I had all of this finished ... it looked like Emily was in early labor. (See the post on Pregnancy Toximia and Ketosis for the whole story about Emily) She was stretching her back legs and groaning every once in a while. So I sat with her for a while. Then I got the sleeping bag out and laid down beside her. False alarm !! She eventually got comfortable and went to sleep around 3AM so I came inside to get warm and some sleep!
I sure wish I had gotten more sleep because Sunday was the day they decided was Delivery Day!
I got up around 6:45 to go check on them and found Tina ... who is not due until the 27th ... had just delivered a kid in the middle large doe pen. I got them moved into a kidding pen ... dried off the little doe and went on to check Valery who had also just kidded.
Valery had also just had two beautiful kids when I got out to the barn ... one buck and one doe. They were almost dry when I got there. I gave them their BoSe and dipped their navel cords in iodine. I always make sure each kid has nursed and gotten their colostrum before giving them the BoSe. I gave Valery a shot of Oxitosin to make sure she passed all of her placenta without retaining any of it. I also gave her a BoSe shot and an oral dose of CalMagCo. (see the earlier post on Getting the Kidding Kit ready for more details on these)
Tina looked like she still had a kid inside of her. I went back to her pen to give her a shot of Oxitosin to help with her contractions. She did start pushing again and this time had trouble with the kid. I didn't see the front feet and nose coming, but only the top of the head and one front foot. This was a new one for me. I knew I would have to assist her since she was having a very hard time pushing out the top of the head. I slipped my hand in beside the head... trying to get the nose to come first. But couldn't get it repositioned. So, I helped spread her skin when she pushed. We eventually did get the little buck delivered, but I never did get him to breath.
I gave the little doe her BoSe and dipped her navel cord in iodine after she had her tummy full of momma's colostrum. I also gave Tina a BoSe shot and an oral dose of CalMagCo. And then they both took a nap!
By this time Heather was in pushing labor over in one of the kidding pens. She had one buck and one doe ... an easy delivery. Whew! After the delivery with Tina I was glad Heather delivered so easily!
Heather and kids
Before I had time to dip the navel cords in iodine of Heather's kids .... Hazel was in pushing labor! I would have to come back to finish with Heather's kids.
I grabbed a clean towel and ran over to Hazel's kidding pen just in time to catch the little doe that was just slipping to the ground ... she delivered standing up. I cleared her face and nose of the mucus and fluid. As I was drying her off the second kid was born quickly and easily ... a little buck. I got them dried off .... they nursed and got their BoSe and cord dipped. I gave Hazel 2cc Oxitosin, BoSe and CalMagCo.
Hazel and Kids
Hazel's kids napping
After I had Hazel's kids taken care of ... I intended to go back to Heather's pen and finish taking care of her kids ... but Chloie had other plans for me!
Chloie started pushing so I stayed with her until she delivered her little doe.
Chloie and kid
After getting Chloie and her little doe taken care of .... I was finally able to get over to Heather and finish taking care of her and her kids! All of this before noon! Whew!
Everything settled down enough for me to finally get the morning feeding and chores done.
Dawnnell from Ms Cowboy came over for a visit and to see the kids for a while in the afternoon. It was a good visit and a good break from kidding!
When I came out to the barn for evening chores and to check on everyone ... Sweet Pea was in early labor. She is a first freshener and I wanted to be sure she delivered alright ... so I kept an eye on her while I did all the evening feeding and chores. By the time I was finished, she was pushing. It was hard for her to have her first doe kid ... but with me helping by pulling on the baby's two front legs ... she finally delivered just fine. Here's a photo of us all resting just after delivery.
Sweet Pea, me and baby doe resting
By the time I got them taken care of ... it was about midnight. I was ready for a shower and some sleep!
Then this morning (Monday the 25th) when I got out to the barn, Holly was starting pushing labor, this is her 3rd freshening and had an easy time delivering two beautiful big does!
Holly and kids
They finally gave me enough of a break to post their photos! I hope you all enjoy them!