It's been pretty busy around here lately! I think the second group of does are finally finished kidding! Here's how it went and some photos of this group of kids.
On February 2nd ... Pearl had a little buck and a little doe in the early morning. I wasn't out in the barn yet ... they were probably born 30 minutes before I went out to check on them. This was her first time kidding and she had spent her time with the first one born - the buck - and hadn't cleaned the little doe enough to breath. So, I lost her. If I'd only been 30 minutes earlier getting out to the barn ... I hate losing any of them!
Pearl and her little buck
Fawn's little buck was already born on Thursday morning the 11th when I got out to the barn. She wasn't due until the 13th. Sometimes they are early ... I'm sure glad I had already put her into a kidding pen with the heat lamp on.
Fawn and her little buck
He is SO cute! If I was going to keep a LaMancha buck, I'd keep Fawn's. She is Lilah's daughter and he is black with a white star, white LaMancha ears. He is adorable and has great genetics!
I thought I might talk myself into keeping him. ..... But instead of keeping him ... he went home with Tonia and her girls yesterday.
When I got out to the barn on Thursday morning, the 11th, Lucy's little does were also already born. She also wasn't due until the 13th. I'm glad I had already put her into a kidding pen with the heat lamp on too!
Lucy and her girls
Lucy's girls taking a nap
On February the 15th ... Maggie had 2 little does. They're beautiful! I'm keeping these 2. She's one of my heaviest milking does, giving me 16+ pounds of milk a day ... that's about 2 gallons a day!
Maggie and her girls
Maggie and her girls
NaNa had 2 bucks in the afternoon of the 15th. I was hoping to be able to keep a buck out of her. She is a great milker and one of my Purebred LaMancha does.
NaNa and her boys
I fell in love with the dark brown buckling! He is very dark brown with a black stripe down his back, black up his legs and a black tail. I can't wait to see him as he matures ... and see the babies he'll throw!!
I still had Bonnie, Sissy, and Lady waiting in kidding pens. I'm sure glad they waited until the next day to kid ... it was cold out there!
Here's Bonnie and her 2 little bucks that were born on the morning of the 16th. She was just starting pushing labor when I was giving hay, grain, and water to all of the does in the kidding pens.
Bonnie and boys
I'm sure glad I was out there for her delivery. As I watched her pushing ... I saw the first one coming. His head was coming without his front legs! When his head was pushed out and his face cleared... I had to go in to find his front legs. I couldn't help her deliver him by pulling on his head! She's a smaller Nubian and it was difficult for both of us for me to go in beside his neck to pull his leg out. But, I finally got one leg coming out and was able to pull him. The second little buck was born easily in normal presentation. I'm glad for that!
Here they are at 3 days old. I just love their spots! They get that from their sire - Latte'
Bonnie's first buck
Bonnie's second buck
Sissy decided that the evening of the 17th would be a good time to have her kids. The black one is a buck and the cream one is a doe. The black one will be going home with Tonia on Saturday.
Sissy and her kids
Sissy's kids snuggled up!
It looked like Lady would be delivering her kids on the 17th also. She had been very uncomfortable all afternoon and by evening she had a little gel hanging from her. She didn't eat any of her evening grain so I knew it would be very soon.
After milking and evening chores ... I sat with her until after midnight. She finally got comfortable enough to go to sleep ... so I went into the house to the warmth of my own bed! It was COLD out there!
I went out at 5:30 the next morning - the 18th. She had a long stream of clear gel hanging from her and a small water bubble. I knew this was labor and delivery should be very soon. I sat with her until around 7:00 but she didn't show any signs of pushing. I had given her a 3cc shot of Oxytosin to help her contractions and labor ... but still no pushing.
I decided to come inside to warm up and get a quick shower. I had made my mind up that if she had not made any progress with delivery when I got back out to the barn that I would go in to pull the babies.
Sure enough when I got back out to the barn, she still had not progressed any farther with labor. So, I put OB lube on my hands and up my arm ... gently entered her to "see" what I could find.
I felt the bend of a back leg ... it took me several seconds to figure that one out ... then I felt along the kid's body and felt ribs and the back bone toward the top. The kid was blocking the birth canal by being totally SIDEWAYS !!
I pushed the front of the kid deeper into Lady's body so I could get hold of her back legs. From the position she was originally in ... I knew that it would be easier to deliver her with the back legs than trying to align the head with the front legs. I got her pulled and her face cleared. She was very weak but started breathing. I laid her down with her head downhill to help drain any remaining fluid from her lungs and nose. Then went back in for the second baby....
I felt the nose and one front leg of the second baby. I could pull it that way ... so I pulled the little buck ... got his face cleared ... got him breathing ... laid him beside his sister to finish draining. He was also very weak.
I went back in to make sure she didn't have any more in there. I found a very large water bubble and felt around on it to be sure if it was placenta or a baby. Finally I felt something that felt like a head. I had to break the water sack to get hold of the baby. She had her front feet forward ... but her head was laid backwards pointing to her tail! This position is SO hard to deliver!
I tried to get her nose pointing forward and keep it forward while I pulled her legs to get her out ... but it kept slipping backwards. Finally, I pulled her legs out so I could keep hold of them with one hand and then went in with the other hand to get her nose coming forward. As I held her nose forward, I pulled her legs to get her head into the birth canal. I pulled my hand out and kept pulling on her legs to get her out. Finally she popped out! She was extremely weak and floppy. I was able to get her face and mouth cleared and she started breathing.
Lady and her 3 kids
After drying all 3 babies, I laid them under the heat lamp to stay warm. The kids were too weak to nurse ... so I milked some of Lady's colostrum and used a syringe with a tube on it to tube feed them. I gave each kid 3 ounces of colostrum and let them rest.
The delivery was very stressful for Lady. She almost went into shock. I gave her 30cc of CalMagCo paste with the drench syringe ... that helped a little. I also gave her 50cc of the Magic mixture to help her with the carbohydrates.
The Magic mixture is (1 part molasses, 1 part corn oil, and 2 parts corn syrup). I keep some of this mixed up all the time. When one of the goats needs a boost or is in stress, I give them some. It seems like "magic" how it helps them so quickly!
The photos above are only a couple of hours after their birth. The first two kids born were already up walking around. The third one is up today and all 3 are nursing well.
We have a couple of weeks before any more of the does are due. I'm glad! That will give us a little time to rest up for the next group!