Dandelion’s New Kids

Dandelion's doe kid, Black-Eyed Susan

Meet Black-Eyed Susan

TWINS!!

Dandelion’s due date is tomorrow, so I was checking on her today after the Farm Crawl meeting we had at Deborah’s.  I didn’t want to have the same thing happen to her kids, as happened to Petunia’s last month.  Specifically, they were born over night and when I went out to do chores, they were all dead from hypothermia.  It’s truly been a horrible winter, and I have a blog post planned on that subject.  But, TODAY we rejoice!!

When I went in the barn, I saw one kid standing there, a little wet.  I went inside and changed into barn clothes, grabbed two towels and a hair dryer.  Then I announced, “BABY GOAT!” to the children.  Grabbed the camera and went outside.  It turns out that there were 2 kids, and I’m pretty certain they are both does.  I say “pretty certain” because I didn’t look super carefully because they were very cold.  We toweled them off and then started warming and drying them with the hair dryer.  One is black, and one is brown.  Both have various white markings on them.  The black one was standing up and doing pretty well.  The brown one was just lying down and shivering pretty badly.  But, after about 15 minutes of blow drying, she perked up and was trying to nurse on my coat sleeve, so I helped her get to her mother and she nursed well, for a first-timer.  I tried to get the black one to eat, but she wasn’t much interested, so I put them both under the heat lamps.  About 20 minutes later, Dandelion woke up the black kid and she seemed to be rooting around a little, but I pretty much had to force her to nurse.  She did get some good sucks in and then wanted to roam a little bit.  I left them out there under the heat to rest.  I’ll go out there again soon and then again before bedtime to keep making sure they are nursing.  If things are going well by tomorrow night, then I’ll trust they are ok and quit checking so often.  I took a bunch of pictures, so here they are!

Andrew holds the black kid

Andrew holds the black kid

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Hannah holding the brown kid

 

How to warm a goat kid!

How to warm a goat kid!

Under the heat lamps

Under the heat lamps