2019 Kidding

Peanut's Kids

DOB: Tuesday, April 30

Peanut had a smooth delivery. Everything seemed to be going just perfect. Something I always pay attention to is how the mama is cleaning up her kids and I noticed Peanut was spending a lot of her energy and time on the buckling instead of the doeling. I milked colostrum out of Peanut and syringe-fed it to the doeling, as she seemed too weak to stand. After 20 minutes, I noticed this doeling looked like she couldn’t stay awake and seemed to be getting weaker. A simple way to know if their temperature is ok, is sticking a finger in the mouth, her mouth was cold so I took her temp and it was too low for my thermometer to read. She was dying. Peanut knew it and didn’t want much to do with her.

If a baby goat is dropping in temp or is weak, this is my protocol

  • Bring her inside the house, snuggled her in electric blanket next to the fire place.

  • I use a hair blow dryer to help warm her up, creating a tent like shape out of the blankets.

  • BoSe injection (selenium) for a boost of strength.

  • Milk the dam’s colostrum, if you are able, and feed baby.

  • Rub cayenne pepper inside her gums.

It took about 45 minutes but I did get her temperature up to 98.5. And slowly… finally… reached 101.3. I brought her back out to Peanut and she accepted her back. All seemed to be going well.

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We noticed the following day she looked like she was nursing but was becoming too weak to suck normal and Peanut was starting to avoid her again. I tube-fed the doeling a little under an ounce of colostrum. Within a couple hours, she approached her dam and Peanut took her back again.

Now, she is out of the woods! I am so proud of myself actually. I have researched and felt so prepared to help her which wasn’t the case last year.

This poor buckling hasn’t gotten nearly as much of my attention, but that’s ok, because his mama is obsessed with him. She’s so in love. The buckling was double the weight as the doeling at birth, he looks and acts like our 3-week old kids already. Very strong, healthy and correct posture. We love this little guy.

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Dolly's Kids

DOB: Wednesday, April 10

Dolly delivered buck doe twins, we have come to love both kids. The buckling had trouble learning to nurse so he became a bottle baby. The doeling took on to nursing and is raised by Dolly. We have been milking Dolly morning and night to keep her milk supply up so that we can feed it to the buckling.

The labor and delivery was pretty uneventful (which is good!). However, Dolly was definitely exhausted by the end. We have a blog post with our kidding list - as a lot of lists I have seen online don’t take the dam into consideration. Supplementing her with CMPK and Probiotics helped energize her so she not only could take care of her kids, but also so that she is healthy. Making sure she has a boost during and after labor also helps improve her milk supply for milking.

Both kids are super friendly. They say bottle babies are more friendly. However, even though one is dam-raised and the other bottle fed, they are both equally friendly with us. This doeling will crawl up in my lap on a warm sunny day and take a nap. Out of the eight babies we’ve had this year, I go out to the barn to visit her to get my fill of baby goat love.

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Caribou, the Bottle Babe

Along with homesteading, we work. Bottle feeding baby goats is last resort with our schedule. Luckily, we have AMAZING people in our lives (some in our own neighborhood!) to step in and help when needed!

Thank you, Mazie for taking Caribou for an entire week to get him through the newborn stage!

And thank you to Ruth, Becky and Britta for stopping by to feed him the occasional bottle, keeping his belly full during our work shifts.

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Diamond's Kids

DOB: Monday, April 8

Diamond has a very special place here at Wildroot Cove, she was the very first goat we picked out and what a perfect introduction to goats she is. She taught me how to help deliver, she taught me how to milk, she taught me how goats sneak out of a pen to try to get into the food… And now her labor has taught me how to intervene during a labor and assist when there might be complications. I always joke that I wish I saw Diamond as a mama before I had Kenley because I would try to be more like her and a little less like me (that’s how good of a mama she is!).

DOELING - Retained

  • Brown chamoisee, blue eyes

Buckling - $300

  • Cream buckskin with white overlay

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She is a tough goat for baby watch because she doesn’t complain and doesn’t seem too bothered until she’s getting heavy contractions. We monitored her and knew she started contractions around 10 p.m. At 3:30 a.m. she started pushing. I ran out to the barn and a healthy blue-eyed doeling was born before I got to her. We started to get a little concerned that it was taking a while for the second baby and we later learned that it was born with its neck back, which can be problematic but Diamond did awesome and he is a cute, healthy buckling. There was a third buckling that was DOA (stillborn) and it was very tough for her to deliver him. I assisted but I must say, Diamond truly did great with delivering these babies in a not so ideal situation.

We love the two healthy kids she gave us! Kenley’s favorite kid so far is the buckling because he’s so pretty!