Here is my sweet Junie. She is five years old this Spring and this is her fourth kidding with us. We make sure any child that has not witnessed birth was out in that barn watching. This answers many unknowns for the little kids and stops imaginations from forming wrong ideas. Once Junie was done with kid #1, Gracie looked up at me and said “Wow, mamma. I thought a door just opened in her stomach and baby fell out onto the ground.” Then we talking about the events that followed. The placenta, the cord, meconium, nursing. A single kidding is so rich in education and glorifying God as we watch the process.
Laboring. She got down to business, boy.
And it couldn’t have gone more text book perfect. Of all my goats, Junie is who I worry about the most. Junie would go to the vet at any expense, can’t say that about the others. She is our family milk supply and our family pet. ..o.k., my pet.
Junie gave a couple real pushes and look at that perfect little head with the little eyes and little mouth. So sweet. Two little front hooves followed under her chin…perfect. I still helped her out as she couldn’t quite get the shoulders out fast enough for me. ;)
Out popped this cute little doeling! All legs. All white. As usual.
She got the best cleaning job a mother can give and within minutes was on her strong feet and nursing.
A few minutes after that, she delivered the same way, this little buckling. Half Saanan, half Nubian.
“Life is good”, says Junie.
I expected to photo Nice’s kidding, which happened today. However, after taking wonderful pictures leading up to the birth, a little bum with a tail presented….wagging. Seriously, a goat with two tails. That is NOT what I wanted to see. Long story short, I was able to get one back leg out, but we ended up slooooowly delivering a breech doeling. “The next one will be photograph worthy", I thought. Nope. When the buckling presented, there were two back knees folded up. She delivered(assisted) that one buckled little knees and backwards, too. Both kids are doing great, though. Gorgeous and strong. 2013 kidding is over! Thanking the Lord for a productive season, a tripled herd size and no vet bills!