We lost our darling Patty Ann last Friday from birthing complications. We weren't expecting her to have any problems as she has given us beautiful babies without any major issues for the past 5 years. Unfortunately we didn't catch the infection quick enough to save her. She was our very first Boer goat. Patty was spoiled rotted and very much loved. We will miss her so much.
Mike found Patty for me when we first moved to this part of the country. He knew I had wanted goats and found this cute, little Boer doeling a few miles away from home. We went to pick her up and she rode home in the front seat of the pick up with us. She was an only goat for some time. Looking back I'm not sure she realized she was a goat. As I mentioned, she got pretty spoiled and she enjoyed every minute of it!
When she was outside, Patty spent much of her time with the horse and mules. They made the most interesting playground. :)
We enjoyed Miss Patty so much that we decided to get a small herd of good quality Boer goats and start raising little ones. We were hopelessly addicted to goats by this time. :)
Our focus was (and is) to raise good quality Boer goats at prices people can afford; and to encourage their human children to learn about caring for and showing their goats... to experience and enjoy of the agriculture lifestyle that is so rapidly disappearing in today's world.
Patty contributed greatly to our dreams by gifting us with several healthy babies. She was a wonderful and loving mother to her kids and took great pride in them all.
Several of her doelings have gone on to become great mothers and many of her little ones were shown by 4-H and FFA members. Some of them have placed well in county and state competitions and fairs. All of them have been enjoyed!
Late January 2014 was not looking much different than the years before for Patty Ann. She was growing large towards her due date and had been slowing down a bit. We put her in a birthing stall to keep a close eye on her and make sure she was safe and warm as we've been having terribly cold and icy weather.
Patty went into labor on her due date, February 4, 2014. It wasn't long before we realized she was having a difficult labor and needed some help. We have helped delivered many babies and really weren't too worried at this time as she appeared to be OK.
Her first baby, a little girl had to be re-positioned and pulled. She arrived a little bloodied and slow to respond but pulled through.
The second baby was a bigger boy and he arrived with just a little help - yelling and hungry as soon as he was dried off.
Patty cleaned her babies off and gave them colostrum. They nursed well and curled up to sleep after she had dried them off.
No more contractions... Patty settled down and seemed ready to rest. A few hours later when we checked on her, she had passed most the after birth and seemed to be her normal self.
However by the end of the day she was running a fever. Patty Ann had an infection. The vet was called and his suggestions were followed. Her fever continued to rise. She quit eating and went down. We tried our best to get things under control and save her. We failed miserably. Patty died on Friday, February 7, 2014.
She will be missed terribly, each and every day... Each time I walk into the barn... When I look at the goats grazing in the pasture... I will remember her, my friend... RIP Patty Ann.
Patty's babies are in the house. They are sleeping in a basket for now. Soon they will move into a larger kennel. Every 3-4 hours they wake up, run around, eat, play, and then go back to sleep. Repeat... They are both a joy and a heartache... We have named the little doeling Missy. She will be staying with us forever. :)
The young ones are so resilient and so full of life. They will stay inside until this horribly cold weather we are having is gone. By then they should be down to 3-4 feedings a day and more able to stay outside and learn how to be a real goat.
Feeding the babies... More pictures to come as they grow... :)
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.