I was there to help and learn alongside my goat mentors. I had only planned on being there a few hours but like all things in farming, another plan trumped my one. One big mama named Opal was in the middle of labor with triplets when I arrived and I stuck around all afternoon and into the night waiting on her third to join us in the world. It was edge-of-the-seat exciting since all the kids were presented wrong. The experienced farmer present needed to turn the kids around inside the doe while the rest of us were getting ready with electrolytes in buckets, clean bedding, notes, and the barn full of kids running around with the human children.
I have birthed a lot of lambs and a had three healthy kids born at the farm last year (in the middle of Fiddle Camp, which is most likely going to happen again this year!), but there is always more to learn. Every birth is different and seeing how the farmer turned the kids inside the mother and carefully pulled them correct was the kind of thing you can't learn in books. It's certainly Dairy Season now around these parts and your parts, too. So if you are thinking about goats see if you can tag along for a birth or two. Bonus: goat kids are the most adorable animals on earth...
It was wonderful and magical and part of why I think Spring is just around the corner! Are any of you expecting kids soon?