I was out in the barn on Sunday morning checking for any goats in labor and looking in on the Myrtle and Liz'z babies. I was making sure the babies had full bellies. And, getting a little snuggle time with the new babies.
Snuggling with one of Liz's little girls while her little buck nurses
I took the kid coats off of Liz's kids
After the kids had their fill of momma's colostrum, I milked some to freeze for possible emergency need of colostrum. Her udder needed the relief since the kids couldn't drink as much as she was producing!
Colostrum ready for the freezer
Valery is Liz's twin sister. She was due on the same day as Liz and I put her in the kidding pen beside Liz.
Valery and Liz are twin sisters and best friends
While I was working with Liz and playing with her kids, I noticed that Valery was in labor. She started pushing getting ready to deliver her kids.
Valery is in labor
I came into Valery's pen to comfort her while she was in labor. She got up to change positions and laid back down on my lap. That's where she is in the photo below. I moved out from under her. I was there to help but, I didn't need her delivering kids in my lap! It was pretty chilly out in the barn and I didn't want to get soaked with the birth fluids.
Valery in my lap
Then she started pushing really hard with the contractions and groaning loudly. I noticed her vulva wasn't any bulging with the hard pushes. She wasn't making any progress with her labor.
Valery pushing really hard
As hard as she was pushing, there should have been something showing by now. So, I got ready to assist her with delivering the kids. I got the kidding kit within easy reach and a couple of towels ready to dry the kids with. I cleaned my hands and arms. Then put the OB lube on my hand and on her vulva.
When I reached inside to find why she wasn't getting anything out with her pushes ... The birth sac was already ruptured and I felt the spine at the top of the baby and the hip joints toward me. It took a few seconds to realize that it was the butt of the first kid trying to enter the birth canal.
I reached farther in to get hold of his back legs so I could help deliver him. He came out easily. I reached in to see if there were more kids in there. I found the second baby in normal nose and feet forward presentation. I let Valery push him on out.
Since she wasn't as wide as Liz was, I didn't go back inside her to check for any more kids. It looked like she was finished delivering. I gave her a shot of Oxytocin to help her pass the placenta, her BoSe, CalMagCo, and wormer.
Valery cleaning her 2 little bucks
They're almost dried off and ready to find momma's milk
One of Valery's boys needed some help finding the nipple.
Here's Valery's 2 boys in the front and Liz's 3 kids just on the other side of the fencing
Valery and Liz's kids
When Valery passed her placenta, she also passed a small underdeveloped stillborn buckling. She had him cleaned up when I found him. The only reason I can think of for her to have an underdeveloped stillborn baby is selenium deficiency. I live in an extremely selenium deficient area. I give BoSe shots to supplement selenium, but it looks like I'm going to have to give the shots more often. I hope I don't have any more of this problem with the rest of the kids born!
Tonight (Monday night)...while I was doing the evening feeding chores ... I heard a loud cry from one of the does in the kidding pens. I came running into the kidding area to find which doe was delivering. It was Lilah. The does having their dinner in the milk parlor would just have to wait there while I helped Lilah with her kids.
By the time I got to Lila's kidding pen, she had the first little doe half pushed out. She was so close to the wall that she couldn't push her the rest of the way out. It was a little hard to get her pulled on out ... she so close to the wall. But, I got her out and laid her up by Lila's head to lick and clean off. Then Lilah decided to get up to finish cleaning her.
Lilah and her first little girl
I waited for a little bit to see if she would deliver the rest of her kids quickly, but she was too busy licking the first one to think about any more for just yet. So, I went and let the does that were in the milk parlor out to come home to their big pen. When I got back to Lilah she was laying down to deliver again. I made sure she wasn't so close to the wall this time though!
She easily delivered her second doeling. Wow! She is really spotted!
Lila's second doeling
The third baby started coming in just a couple of minutes. This time it was a spotted buckling. He was interested in the warm molasses water that I gave Lilah to drink.
Here she is with all 3 of her babies
The 2 girls nursed and was ready to nap for a while, but the little boy was too frustrated to nurse. He kept yelling, so I milked some of Lilah's colostrum and gave it to him in a bottle. He got his belly full and was ready to nap with his sisters.
Bottle feeding the little boy
I'm still a little concerned that the does with earlier due dates are still waiting to kid and taking up space in the kidding pens. I built 3 more kidding pens this afternoon in the protected areas of the big goat stalls in the barn just in case the next group of does due to kid are early while we're waiting on the first group of does to deliver their kids. I'm thinking about bringing Liz's kids and Myrtle's kids into the kid nursery in the basement of the house tomorrow to free up their kidding pens. That means we'll start bottle feeding babies and milking mommas. WooHoo!