Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well Crap


Actually, double crap. Today started out that way. I woke up late to get the cheese started for the class I was teaching today. I switched what I intended to teach and made due. Then, my son came in from milking for me and said the cow has a cut on a teat bad enough it will give us problems milking. Then, just as my students were arriving, hubster and son came to tell me Noma goat was in labor. 2 1/2 hours later, a prolapsed Noma is dead and we have twins delivered via c-section. The creamy colored kid was pulled out first, she's doing great. The second is a bit weak but is holding on. From the looks of it all, the kids are premature. This is not what I had planned for kidding season this year. Not a good start overall for the year even.

The cheese class went great tho!

16 comments:

  1. what is it that causes these sort of days to just happen...my day was sort of like this too. seems like when it rains it pours and i am not talking the wet stuff from the sky. i hope your new babies survive okay and i am sorry mama goat is dead... me, i dont have any livestock although i would dearly love to have some chickens, ducks or geese..but my day started three weeks ago with a broken toilet tank...and doggone it, the plumber called this morning to say he could not come today to fix it and can i wait another week or so...thank goodness i have a bucket to flush with.

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  2. Dang that stinks about the mama goat but at least you were able to save the babies. Everything will get better... Look at it this way, spring is around the corner so to speak :)

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  3. Hey Coley! Yes, it is! I'm already ready to get seeds started but I sure didn't want more goats in the house to raise. Didn't have much choice on this round tho.

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  4. Oh Anon, that is totally a bummer! As least it's still usable even if it's a bit of a pain. You'll love chickens and ducks as long as a hawk doesn't get them like happens around here. Life just seems rough sometimes.

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  5. Well, that is a crappy way to have your day go. The kids are cute and I hope they do well for you. I know they'll be very well taken care of, they are very lucky in that. Hope tomorrow is much better for you.

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  6. sorryabout the goat. ours are big babies too, almost better than the dogs,lol. good luck with the babies, we did two last year on a bottle. the kell folks

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  7. Kell folks, Thank you. I raised Lucky goat in the house last year, this should be interesting with 2 kids head butting me in the back of the legs!

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  8. I am sorry that happened to you. There is always risk and I hold my breath until the last kid appears healthy for the birthing season. Sometimes that can seem like forever. - Genevieve

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  9. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry about your mama goat. What is "prolapsed" and is that something that just happens in nature? I sure hope they both survive. I'll be saying a prayer for them - and you.

    Stacey
    SWPA

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  10. Oh, that is too bad about the mama goat. I just wonder how you taught a class and had babies coming. Who performed the C-section? I am so glad I don't have goats in the house! Three chickens in the cage in the corner by the door were enough to make me nuts. Hopefully, warm weather will make it better for all of us. How long do goats have to stay in with you?

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  11. Hi Stacey! thanks and prolapsed is when the momma pushes so hard she turns her insides out. The doe didn't have any dialation and she pushed until she had her uterus pushed out. We had no choice but to put her down and try to save the kids.

    Hey PP! I taught the class expecting to have kids when I finished and found her in the shape she was. It usually takes around an hour and a half for the doe to birth twins so i didn't expect to have any problems. My friend stomsrider from up the back road has a huge herd of boer goats and experience with what I had happening, he came over and helped me and showed me what to do. He saved my kids for me. I'll be feeding these til March at least in the house. Yay rah, LOL.

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  12. Aw, I am so sorry about the mama goat. We bottle-fed a bum lamb years ago in the middle of winter. I know that's hard. Wishing you all the best with those kids!

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  13. Wow, I hate to hear that. I guess thats just farmin.

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  14. How does a cow get a cut on a teat? You know, I knicked my areola with a knife this fall. That hurt.

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  15. Hey PP, they step on their own teats when they get up from laying down. Those clove hooves are rough on their teats.

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