Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Bowles Rosie Cheeks kidded!

On Monday night, Rose (Toggenburg first freshener bred to a Saanen), had a few bubbles hanging out. We watched her but she didn't seem have be having much if any contractions at all. So we went in and found 2 big tangled kids (after trying to figure out what we were feeling). My cousin, who is a big guy, when in and it took about 40 minutes total to get both kids out. First what there was, was one kid's front legs, and the other kids head. So he pushed the head back, found the other kids head and pulled her out. Big healthy doe kid. The second kid wasn't going to come on its own either. So he got his head, couldn't easily find the legs, and pulled and pulled till his head finally came out, then he found his legs and out he came. Another big healthy kid, a buckling this time though. Momma was a little dazed - poor girl, this was her first kidding and it was probably the roughest kidding we've had here!

Rose ate grain and hay and had warm water and electrolytes available right afterward, while I milked her. She actually seems to be doing great for how hard the kidding was! Thankfully, about 4 hours after the kids were all out, her placenta came out fully. Rose is also started on Pen G to prevent infection.