Yesterday morning, I suspected that Jeepers was going to have her babies very soon. She was being so quiet, and I could tell she was having sporadic contractions. When Danny arrived home from work, he helped me give her a pre-birth “haircut.” We timed it right! The baby monitor was on when we heard her first bleats. She seemed to have a little bit of trouble birthing her first, but she was upset about us moving her to the birthing pen and being there. She isn’t the tamest goat. But she is a great mother. She cleaned them up right away and watched us carefully. We penned them all up the milk house last night, and everyone was warm and toasty this morning.
Who doesn’t love to see baby animals with young children? 🙂
I posted before about my failed tie-on goat coats, but never posted a picture. As you can see, the coat ties in the front of the chest and behind the front legs, under the belly. I was afraid to knot them on in case they somehow managed to un-knot the belly knot but not the chest knot. I didn’t want baby goats tripping all over the place. Goats undoing knots sounds crazy to you? Well, goats are crazy and way too smart for their own good. With the coats out of the picture (since they lasted under an hour, thanks to Bonney), we needed to come up with a way to keep our goats warm. Danny suggested a heat lamp, but I was timid. I’ve read too much about burned goats because of heat lamps. But he insisted it would work, so he hooked one up.The lamp worked great! Danny attached it to the feeder side of my milk stand. Tuesday night, Tank miraculously escaped his crate and desperately “needed” to go out. Danny let him out, and started thinking about the heat lamp. And it’s precarious perch. And the hay on the floor. And realized that we had a fire waiting to happen. So out he trudged to the milk house to secure the lamp in place with wire. (See the wire through the loop on the top of the heat lamp? If the lamp falls, which it DID, the wire catches it and it hangs instead of falling to the floor.) Did I mention he did this at three in the morning? Sweet husband. 🙂
Now we have a very warm place for Bonney and still-unnamed baby to sleep at night. We actually have been penning them in the milk house just in case. I really hate that we didn’t pen everyone up before our doeling died, but you live and learn. A sad mistake. Anyway, Bella is really enjoying playing with the remaining doeling. I just hope she doesn’t start thinking she needs to live with her. The milk house is awfully toasty now.
When we did our daily Bonney check-up on Friday, we knew babies would be appearing soon. Poor Bonney looked like she swallowed a barrel. Bonney was checked almost hourly throughout Saturday. We even went so far as to put a baby monitor up last night- just in case.
This afternoon, on an after-lunch check, we arrived just in time to see little hooves emerging. Bonney gave birth to a beautiful Nigerian dwarf-eared brown and white baby with brown spots. Shortly after, she delivered a dark brown Continue reading Bonney’s New Babies