Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We've Got an Eight Pack!

March 17th was ClaireAnna's 7th birthday! ( Post on that coming up!) It was also the day our first goat kids arrived! What a birthday present. Thacia had triplets! There are 2 does and 1 buck, all healthy and cute as can be. Here is mom and kids, about 30 minutes old. This is Daniel, 2 hours old. This is Ketzah. And here is Galilee.Thacia and Daniel trying to nurse and Ketzah trying to sleep. Galilee is behind there somewhere.Then, two days later, on the 19th, Ted and I got to the barn about 6:30 AM to find that Ashley had just given birth to our second set of triplets! The kids were still wet, but already standing up. I spent the next hour drying them thoroughly with a hand dryer since there was a cold breeze going through the barn and I didn't want them to get chilled. Then we helped them with their first nursing and dipped their navels with iodine. This batch is ALL GIRLS!

Second set of triplets.These are Misty, Cheetah, and Lola. Only ClaireAnna knows who is who.
Our third doe, Lily was also due, but since her bag was not big at all, we thought it would be a couple of weeks. However, when Kate's girlfriend, Bailee, came over after school to see the six pack around 3:30 PM, they found Lily in the goat pen with twins, already dry! We scooped up the kids and put them in a stall with mama. This batch is two bucks, Rusty and Turner. Unfortunately, Lily has decided that she doesn't like Turner and won't let him nurse. When a kid walks up to her, she stretches out her neck to get a smell of which kid it is. If it is Rusty, she lets him come closer. If it is Turner, she head butts him away. It is just the most pitiful thing and ClaireAnna is very upset with her goat. However, it is not too uncommon for this to happen and Lily may be doing it because she doesn't have very much milk. For now, we are forcing Lily to nurse Turner by tying her up. We are hoping that her milk will come in and she will accept him in a couple of days. If not, we will bottle feed him. Poor little guy!
This isn't a good picture lighting wise, but it shows Rusty nursing Lily and poor little Turner standing to the side dejected.

This is Thacia and Ashley with the six pack. (Lily and her boys are in another stall.)

1 comment:

  1. Oh those goats are SO cute!! Great photos. I just want to hug them!


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