Today was a warm and sunny day with a bit of wind blowing in from the south. Perfect weather to for the goatie girls to start kidding and that is exactly what they did. :)
Mike was out hauling hay and I was working with Tatiana. We have to lift her 2-3 times a day with the tractor using hip lifts in order for her to stand and try to get the muscles stronger in her legs. She is able to move both of her legs which is good, but she can't yet stand on her own. She is eating and drinking well and continues to move herself around. Tatiana is a real trooper and such a sweet cow.
I was down in the pen with Tatiana when I heard one of the goatie girls yell. I knew we were having babies. Lonesome was due 2/22 and Patty was due 2/24, so I expected it to be one of those girls. Of course I was wrong. When I got to the girls, I saw it was Penny that was in labor. Hmmm... Penny wasn't due until the 27th! These girls just don't seem to understand my plans... LOL I could already see a bubble with two feet. As she pushed a nose appeared... another push and we had a new baby. He was coughing and crying and ready to eat!. a very healthy and handsome young buckling. Of course my camera was no where around. Up to the house to get the camera.
About the time I got back down to the barn, I heard another short yell. I came around the corner and saw a second bubble appearing. Just about that fast we had a second buckling born. This is good... no one is needing any help from me. I like that! Got the boys dry, cleaned up, sprayed their little hooves and navel cords with iodine. Gave them a small dose of Bose and made sure they got their colostrum. A perfect and easy kidding! I wish they all went like that.
The afternoon was spent hauling hay, doing chores and catching up with my cousin Mike. As we were visiting the goats, I noticed that Ms. Patty had a long string of mucus and sure enough, she was in labor. Without much trouble at all, she presented us with yet another good looking, healthy buckling, She got him cleaned up and nursing before she went back to work and gave us our 4th buckling of the day! All fine looking, strapping young bucklings and of course two very proud mommas. We shall see what tomorrow brings...
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.