We have our first babies of fall!

Babies are here!!! Cornerstone Farm STS Ammi and Firestone Creek HWD Katmandu have 2 bucklings and 1 doeling! I did this breeding last year and we all kicked ourselves for wethering the buck (2 does and 1 buck last year) and I retained a doeling. Everyone loves the kids from last time, they grow long and dairy. I am so excited! Here is a link, I put the pictures on my facebook farm page. I will try and upload to here later :o)

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  • Yes those ladies were funny.  Seems they do not give their goats anytime to labor normal, before they are digging in.  We have our first kids due the end of February so I am in the process of making my birth kit now.  I also like those little incubators that someone posted on here.  I have shown them to my husband and he is going to make a few up.  Its hard in Colorado because one day it can be 70 the next day blizzard conditions. We have had this twice in the last 2 weeks.  So I want to be prepared for both.  Luckily I am a stay at home mom and check on the goats many times throughout the day.  So hopefully I won't miss it.  I am super excited, but still nervous.  My friend is a midwife, so I joke with her and say she may get a phone call to assist with the birth. LOL
  • Wow, that sounds kind of like the lady that did the session at ADGA. She said she'd been doing it for 30 years also and said that she'd never recommend anyone buy a kid that was dam raised. Luckily three of us did catch one of the newbies later and tell her not to worry about her forthcoming kids. Like Jordana said, the main thing you have to do is dry off the babies because the mamas tend to pop them out so fast, they don't have time to do it themselves. Poor girls just can't lick that fast! When I was getting started, I don't think I read a single book that talked about the importance of getting kids dry, but they sure scared you with all their drawings of how the kids are supposed to be lined up when they're born. But we've lost far more babies to hypothermia than anything else. It's so simple, even a child can dry off a kid, but most books and a lot of experienced people make it sound far more complicated and scary.

  • Well the class I took was actually kinda comical.  The 2 ladies that were teaching it said they have been delivering babies for 30 years.  They had us watch a video from England which was totally hands on. Doctor went in and took the babies after mom pushed for 30 minutes and he felt she was progressing fast enough.  And actually they had induced this goat before hand.  Anyways I have watched way better You Tube videos over this film.  Then afterwards people were asking questions and all their babies are bottle fed so their advice was as you said Deborah, take the babies if it isn't progressing fast enough.  The other comical thing I thought about the class was that a man asked a question about dam raised babies, and they went on this soap box about how dam raised babies are so wild, they don't understand why anyone would want to dam raise their babies.  I had to bite my tongue!! LOL  Luckily the guy didn't seem to be care what the lady had to say.  I did learn a lot from the other classes, but I wish I would have taken a different class instead of this one.
  • Your right Deborah. Out of something like 30 kids only 2 have been in the perfect diving position here. Most have had one hoof and the nose forward, a few have been breech, and once I had 2 try to come out at the same time. I start to worry when the doe refuses to push any more and won't even show an interest in the kids, something that happened today with my other doe.  Most of our job is cleaning the kids since they come out so fast with our girls.
  • Thanks for posting the video! I know it's a lot of work to make one. We've videotaped a couple of births but only got one edited, and without editing, they're agonizingly long!

    One less thing to worry about -- it really doesn't matter whether you've got one or two legs presenting (or even none) as long as you have the nose. I know all the books have the perfect presentation pictures and a lot of people talk about kids "not fitting," but somehow they think that their hand will fit in there to grab the other leg and pull it forward. A doe actually needs more space in her pelvis for that maneuver. I just had a yearling give birth to a nose only presentation a couple weeks ago.

    Janel, I hope your class wasn't as scary as the ADGA session I attended. There were a couple of people in there who had never attended a goat birth yet, and I think they were pretty nervous by the end. The woman doing it made it sound like you needed to intervene a lot and even said that a kid can't be born tail first. I guess my does don't read the same books she does because they've done that more than a few times. Another ND breeder and I were talking afterwards, and she said that the very first kid ever born on her farm was tail first. I really wonder if Nigerians give birth easier than standard goats or if standard goat breeders just tend to intervene more because they're often taking kids to bottlefeed anyway.

  • I'm glad it was helpful :-)  We try to get the births on camera since it's always new, but often it's just me out there. We were in luck that Ammi kid during the day and I had a camera gal :-)
  • Thank you for sharing this video! It was really educational for me especially that have never delivered a baby yet.  Our first doe is due the end of February.  I've been watching several videos and took some classes this past weekend.  One of the classes was on kidding.
  • Thanks! I am thrilled with them! I have needed a baby fix, lol :o)
  • Congratulations! I just love babies! (Doesn't everyone?)
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