Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Kids Are Alright

I was outside carrying buckets for the horses when the phone rang, three times in a row. It was Yesheva down at Common Sense Farm. She wanted to let me know their last doe of the season due to give birth, Iris, was in the throes. Did I want to come down and watch and/or help? She said if I rushed I could make it.

I dropped everything and headed the three miles down the road!

I spent an hour in their barn watching not one, not two, but triplets being brought into this fine world! It was a healthy and normal birth, all systems go. It was very much like the sheep, but a lot more vocal and a lot quicker! I got to towel them off, help get them on their feet, and feed them their first tastes of mama's milk. Iris was a trooper and all of her little ones (two does and a buckling) are healthy and already on the bottle. In a week the dairy will be up in full swing again. More photos to come!

14 Comments:

Blogger Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

What an amazing experience! I witnessed a horse being born when I was about 12...a friend lived on a ranch and her grandfather woke us really early to come watch. We ran down to the barn in our pj's before the sun was up...I'll never forget it.

February 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

What an experience! And how great to have friends who instantly think "Jenna would want to be here".

Have you seen the photos Kristin Nicholas (knit designer) has of sheep being born on her farm? They remind me of those old photo flip books. http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/2013/02/birthing.html

February 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Stephen Andrew said...

Wow! Is that steam rising off the baby?! Or kid, excuse me. I'm really enjoying the high quality photos from your new camera. I should have contributed towards it.

February 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger I'm Pam said...

Happy to have just found your blog, Jenna. I'm a wannabe Homesteader/Farmer. Just have eight dogs and a cat, so far (not even chickens yet!). But hoping that will change eventually (soon).
What a wonderful experience. I "mid-wived" our girls' four pups. It was amazing. I felt kinda like a gramma (anticipating the flesh-of-my-flesh variety of grandkids to arrive may have had something to do with it).
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to hanging around here! ...living vicariously, perhaps.

February 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger barnowl1702 said...

Absolutely beautiful photograph!!!

February 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

We are in the throws of kidding in Oklahoma. 17 does total only 2 more out of the bunch still crossing their legs and holding out. We have had 2 sets of 4, only lost one and most does have had triplets. We are averaging 2 doelings to 1 buckling. Great odds for a goat dairy. These are all registered Nubians. So we will be swimming in milk soon. We take the kids away from the does and bottle feed pasturized colostrum and milk to insure a CAE free herd.

February 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

On the bottle? The day they were born? Why so soon?

February 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger aart said...

When are the lambs and kids due at CAF?

February 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

There is nothing cuter than baby goats- I'm convinced.

February 18, 2013 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Rebecca, as long as the kids get colostrum they'll be fine on the bottle from the start. I don't let some of my kids nurse because one of my does has CAE (a type of arthritis virus that affects goats, and is passed via milk). In order to make sure the kids don't get it, I bottle feed them. Most dairy farms also take kids (or calves, lambs, whatever they're raising) away so they can use the milk.

February 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

yes that is steam, she was just in a VERY warm place!

February 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

as for what katiegirl said, same thing. They are feeding 50+ people at Common Sense Farm. So, the dairy goats are for human milk and the babies are either new members of the dairy herd or meat.

February 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

LOVE this photo. How are you liking the new camera? I can see a difference already!

February 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I love goats! Such amazing animals. What a wonderful experience and good practice!!!

February 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM  

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