Violet likes to take us by surprise. Well, actually they all seem to. One sunny Saturday we came back from visiting another farm and discovered that Violet had given birth in our outside pen! She was all finished and had cleaned up the mess. We were concerned at first that the little doeling would be too cold. But she was dry and warm and already romping around her pen. I am always amazed that goats can go from the warm insides of their mama to the cold harsh world outside, as long as they are out of the wind. Some people bring the newborns inside their house for fear they will be too cold outside, but once they are inside in the nice warm house you don’t dare take them out again for fear of shocking their systems, and then of course, mama can’t feed her baby. We named Violet’s kid Jewel and she is another floppy eared beauty.
Last year when Violet gave birth she was also outside. We brought her into the barn and she was having so much trouble we had to give her a hand with delivery. She gave birth to two kids last year.
Onyx recently gave birth to a little doeling! She is delightfully tall in the leg (taller than Bella’s girl born several weeks earlier!) and loves to romp. At first she was a little skittish, but now she comes up to the fence and wants to have her ears scratched. We’ve named her Iris and we think she is beautiful!
Born on Sunday, these little does are doing great! Their father is pure Nubian and their mother is 1/2 Nubian, 1/2 meat goat. She is the white adult goat. She is doing a great job with her babies and we’re really happy with them. At just a few days old they are frisky and romping about the pen. Their Mama and Grandma are very tolerant and love having the new babies share a space with them. Onyx (the black goat) is due in the next week or two. We’re hoping all goes well with her.
The first year we had Annie we thought she might have arrived already pregnant because her belly was so big! As the summer went on and she didn’t give birth we realized that she was not going to give birth. In the meantime we were able to get used to caring for goats.
In the winter of 2011 we allowed Annie to breed with Danny, our only buck (unfortunately he is a meat goat, not a dairy goat). Annie carried the babies and in the spring she gave birth to 3 babies. When we came out to the barn she had two healthy newborns already nursing and one that had died. We dried off her new kids and named the surviving boy Arthur and the girl Violet. Violet did very well, but Arthur was a little gimpy. Annie also seemed very hot and lathargic. We worried that she didn’t pass her placenta. We took her to the vet. The vet said they hadn’t been getting enough of the mineral silenium and gave them all a quick shot of that mineral. We took them home and they all recovered nicely.
In 2012 Annie was bred with Clyde, our Nubian buck. She gave birth late spring and when we arrived her two babies were already doing well, we named the boy Frodo and the girl Flora. We dried them off and they are thriving. Frodo is currently for sale (since he is related to most of our does). We will see if Flora has any kids this year or not.
This year Annie gave birth on Wednesday in the wee hours. Unfortunately since we don’t sleep in the barn, we didn’t even know she was in labor. When we went to check on her the next morning we found the kid stuck half way in/half way out. In normal deliveries the nose and two front legs all come out together. Unfortunately only one of it’s legs was coming out and the other leg was back inside. In this position Annie could not push it out on her own. She is such a dedicated mother that she had already reached around and cleared it’s face so it could breathe. We love Annie, we simply could not have asked her to try harder. Unfortunately we did not get out in time to save that kid and the poor thing died before we got there. We were able to pull it the rest of the way out. We had a hard time believing that Annie would only have one kid and manipulated her stomach and reached inside to try to help pull out any other kids that were lingering. But it seems that Annie only had one kid this time. We are monitoring her for signs of distress: not eating, high or low temperature; but so far she is eating well and her temperature is normal. We brought Flora back into the barn to be with her mother as Annie wanted a kid to cuddle with. Flora loves her mother and Annie is happier having one of her babies with her.