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Our first kidding season! Crazy, long, never-been-so-tired-in-my-life few months.
More work than I ever could have imagined.
Was it worth it?
If you haven’t yet go back and read part one. Then come back and keep reading.
I was now tying up the mom for her kids to nurse...
I had to stay right there...
When she was misbehaving, I had to get down and hold her hind legs still!
Starting off at three times a day. Later in the week going down to twice a day.
Each time taking about an hour.
At the same time...
I have chicks hatching from my broody hens (first year)...
Guineas coming in the mail (first year too)...
And trying to finish up my school!
When it rains it pours!
Saturday I started milking a little bit of the milk for our own use. (It was missed so much while they were dry.)
I wasn’t sure how much to take, so I took less than half. Equaling about a quart.
Doing the same in the evening, I speculate she’s producing over a gallon total.
On May 12th data-custom-mark="true"I was cleaning some cilantro seeds and went outside to toss the chaff in the garden.
I looked over and saw Milky laying on the ground tossing her head and kicking.
Running back into the house I grabbed my phone/camera ;-), telling my sister the news as I ran back out.
I could see the kid’s feet and nose. (He was in the right position!)
Milky got up and started walking around. When she did so, the kid went back in. She did this a few times. She would get him a little bit out, but he would slide back in when she became restless and walked around.
I wasn’t sure what to do.
I didn’t want to jump in too soon, but I didn’t want to wait too long either. My mom was out there at the time and thought I should help pull him out. So I did. But she kept trying to run away from me as I was helping her. (Which didn’t help.)
Her second kid came out with no help. She came fast!
The whole birthing procedure lasted about an hour and a half.
She had a buck and a doe!
Now for a healthy mama to newborn goats relationship! She has had kids before and knows what to do...
Well...maybe I got my hopes up too fast.
I was hoping she would be nice to her kids, but it turns out she likes one and not the other. She lets the doe nurse, but not the buckling. So I had to tied her up too. (Just for it's sustenance! In the wild there can't be many if any goats like the ones I am dealing with.)
At this point in time you could have quoted me I said it so much...
“I've been so tired lately it's not even funny.”
Nothing was going the way I thought it was supposed to. :-)
May 18th I went out and found Blacky (the last to kid) had adopted Milky’s buckling. The one Milky had rejected.
I separated him because he was nursing off Blacky’s colostrum...and we can't have that.
I also noticed Blacky in general was acting a little funny, and I guessed she would kid before the day was out...
But being pretty new to this whole kidding business, I didn’t place too much weight on it.
I went into the house for a few minutes...
Coming back out to start chores, I found a seconds-ago born kid being licked off!
In the end Blacky had one kid.
She was an amazing mother to her!
She let her kid nurse! And was so sweet to her.
I was thrilled! :-)
Everything went great with her.
Hence, it therefore remains the shortest and sweetest of the stories. :-)
By now, I have to make a list of what I had to do when. There is so much spinning around in my brain and going through my head, I need to get it all straight on paper.
Yeller also got mastitis during the whole deal. Which complicated everything even more...
But I’ll save that for another post. ;-)
She got it bad. I came up with some crazy herbal remedies for her. And they helped fast!
The end of our first kidding season!
It was a few crazy, long, never-been-so-tired-in-my-life, few months...
But I learned a lot!
And when all is said and done...
I still love homesteading.
Every bit of it. :-)
Soli Deo Gloria! (Glory Be to God Alone!)
Soli Deo Gloria! (Glory Be to God Alone!)
Hey there! I'm Julia. I live in Arizona on 2.5 acres, with HOT summers☀️, lots of cacti🌵 and amazing sunsets🌅! A sinner saved by grace, I'm also a homeschool graduate🎓. The oldest of six, I live with my family at home🏡. Serving the King, Jesus Christ, above all is my number one goal. Read more -->
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