Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Newest and Last Baby!

Latte kidded with a nice big buckling yesterday afternoon.  He's a keeper! :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Taking Stock

As of today, all of my doelings so far are sale pending.  Here are the lovely dears that will be going to some awesome new homes:

Ginger doeling #1
Ginger doeling #2
Starlight doeling

And still waiting for a new home is:

Kimmi, yearling doe, black with a little white, blue eyes.  Here are a few pics of her.
Kimmi, 7 months

Kimmi, 7 months

Kimmi as doeling in pasture

Kimmi as doeling in pasture

For sale this fall, French's Dream Girl Twisted Sister, purebreed Nubian, registered.  New udder shots coming soon.
Twist as yearling first freshener and 2013 twins

Twist as yearling first freshener

Saturday, May 3, 2014

And Starlight Had...

TWINS!!  Only twins, and she looked so big, I was sure she'd have three or more.  She has only had triplets before, and I thought she was bigger than she has been.  Any way, here they are:
Buckling, 4#, blue eyes, chamoise heavily broken, white poll.
Doeling, 3.5#, brown eyes, chocolate chamoisee heavily broken, white poll.
Doeling will be for sale.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Starlight is Huge

Thought I'd share a couple of (not so great) photos of Starlight.  She's on day 146 today, and big as a house.  I'm guessing quads.  She's had triplets both previous freshenings.  Her udder has a way to go and her ligs aren't gone, so I don't think it will be today, but I sure hope they come soon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kidding and My Kidding Kit

What I keep in my kidding kit:
birthing pads (in yesterday's post)
lots of towels for drying little ones
tamed iodine
dixie cups for cord dipping
surgical gloves
ky jelly
preparation H
hair dryer
heating pad
nasal aspirator
kid puller
CMPK drench
molasses (unsulphured)
baby monitor

What I do during a normal birth:
When a doe is near her kidding time, I hook up the baby monitor in the barn so I can hear what's going on out there.  As her time gets nearer and I see that her tail ligaments are very loose, her babies have dropped lower and her sides look hollow, and her udder and teats are full of milk, I keep my ear tuned in to that monitor.  I also move her to a kidding pen.  I listen for restlessness in the doe and her talking baby talk to her unborn babies.  Most of the time if it's the middle of the night the first thing I hear is the doe scream as the first kid is being born, then hopefully the sound of the baby's first bleat.  I jump into my clothes and head for the barn with a thermos of hot water with a little molasses in it.
If I have some warning that she's in labor, I am in the barn with her watching her and keeping her company.  I will get a towel or pad of some kind ready to receive the first kid.  If the cord doesn't break on its own, I will tear it a few inches from the kids navel.  I help mama dry the baby or babies, then dip the cords in a dixi cup full of tamed iodine making sure to get that area of the belly fully covered with the iodine.  I'm not convinced this actually does any good, as the doe usually cleans it all back off right away, but I feel better knowing I did the best I could to prevent infection.  If it's very cold, I use the heating pad to keep babies on while drying them with the hair dryer.  This can take a long time in very cold weather, but is of utmost importance.  Pay close attention to ears, tails and hooves.  They can freeze quickly.
If the kid is having any trouble clearing the fluid from it's lungs, I will place it's behind higher than it's head and use the nasal aspirator to suction out the mouth and nose.  If that's not enough, I swing the baby in an arc between my legs, head down.  If you ever have to do that, make sure you have a firm hold on the kid and support it's head and neck.  Wrapping the kid in a towel will help you to keep a firm hold.  I have had to do this in a breech birth with very postiive results.
I then make sure everyone gets to nurse a couple of times, wait for the placenta to pass, and clean up the stall.  I also give the doe some warm water with molasses in it as a treat and some needed energy.  I offer her a little grain and alfalfa (either baled or chaffhaye) as well.  Don't overdo it on the molasses, grain or alfalfa, as your doe could end up with very soft stools, or bloat.
If it's the middle of the night, I go back to bed.  If it's day time, usually I can't resist just sitting in the corner and watching the new little family. :)
I think that's about it.  The things on this list that I haven't mentioned are rarely used.  They're for emergencies only, and right now I've decided to focus on a "normal" birth.  Perhaps I'll get to those in future.  If anyone reading this has any questions about anything, birthing or otherwise, please contact me using my contact button, or pm me using my North Forest Farm FB page, or leave a comment, and I'll try to answer your questions.  It will give me some really good ideas on things to blog about as well.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Reusable Birthing Pads

I thought since this is a blog, I might make some attempt to actually use it as one.  Don't know how consistent I'll be, but I might as well give it a try.  Here goes...

I was about to break down and buy some puppy pee pads to use for goat births, because it's hard picking all the bits of membrane and straw off of a towel before washing, and I need a lot of towels this year.  Also, I wanted something to soak up the majority of the fluid before it could hit the bedding, making less clean up of the birthing stall.  I really hate using disposable stuff though.  When I mentioned it to hubby he also balked at the idea, so I started to think about an alternative.  I came up with these.
I used a vinyl table cloth, some quilt batting and a jersey cotton sheet.  I should get a chance to see how it works within a few days, as Starlight is almost ready to kid.  She seems to have a lot of them on the way.  I'm guessing quads since she's had triplets both of her previous freshenings, and she looks so much bigger this time, so I made four of these pads yesterday.  Hopefully that's all I need!  I also hope they work well and at least begin to solve the problem they're intended for.
I also saw in a previous post that I had promised to share what I keep in my birthing kit.  Hopefully soon I'll actually do that. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our First Mini-Nubians Are Here!!!!!

French's Dream Twisted Sister X North Forest Farm MX Shamrock
Twin doelings
black and white roan doeling with brown legs, 5 lbs.
red and white doeling, 5 3/4 lbs.
both have blue eyes
Born April 18, 2:30 P.M.

I am in love, completely smitten, both with their looks and their incredible character.  Sweet tempered little cuddly darlings.  Swoon!

April, doeling #1

Blue Moon, doeling #2

Mama Twist as a yearling FF, May 2013

Father Shamrock at 6 months, fall 2012

Father Shamrock as a buckling, summer 2012

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Introducing Ginger X Shamrock Twin Doelings

Ginger had her kids in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  The first one was born at about 2:30 A.M.  I heard her scream over the baby monitor, then baby number one bleat her first little bleat.  Within a minute or two I was in the barn and drying her off, plugging in the heating pad and using the hair dryer.  It was such a cold night, about -15 degrees F, I later found out.  It took about three hours to get everyone dry and warm, and settled in.  I was still a bit concerned about mama Ginger when I left the barn, but I had to get some rest and warm up myself.  Two and a half hours later I was back in the barn doing the morning chores, and all was well.
These are the friendliest kids we've ever had, and I'm enjoying them so much.  It will be hard to see them go when it's time.  However, they'll be ready to go around the end of May, and go they must.
Here they are!  Cute, right!?!

Baby two, doeling, 2# 12 oz., gold and white

Baby one, doeling, 3# 6 oz., broken chamoisee

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Facebook Page

If you'd like, check out our Facebook page.  I seem to manage to update that slightly more often than I get on here.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Forest-Farm/503021206385657?ref=hle