Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kidding Season is OVER!

111 days and 78 kids later, and kidding season is over with for the Winter/Spring of 2013. It's been a great year! A bit busy at times, calm at other times, but all those bouncing healthy kids are sure to put a smile on anyones face. It is especially nice to see all that hard work paying off.

The numbers for this year's kidding season are as follows:

35 does kidded

78 kids

40 bucklings
38 doelings

5 singles
19 sets of twins
9 sets of triplets
2 sets of quads

And out of all that, we lost 6 kids total. Not too bad actually considering everyone else was so healthy and spunky.

Sunday night the last two does kidded. We came home and found Paprika (Alpine, below) with a single buckling out. I knew she had more kids in there, but decided to try and get milking done real fast. By then she still hadn't had anymore kids, so I decided to go in and see what was taking her so long. There was a little doeling trying to come out breach - bad girl! Pulled her out and two more bucklings quickly followed, making her kid total to 3 bucks and a doeling. I was quite impressed, despite the fact that 3 were boys (but oh well). 

This little boy was really pretty, but I sold him too quickly and forgot to get "official" pictures of him and quad pics together! Oh well... life will go on without them.

Camo kid!

This big Boer doe was in labor at the same time as Paprika. I had a gut feeling that something was just not right as her labor was not progressing like it should have. Before I pulled Paprika's kids, I felt up in the Boer doe just to see what was going on and felt something that certainly was NOT right. I told her she can wait and finished getting Paprika's kids out.
By then, it was nearly midnight and I was feeling a bit light headed. I talked my Mom into pulling the Boer kid's out, I'd just hold the doe :). So as my wonderful mother usually does, she listened to me, pulled her sleeves up and went to see what was going on. What she found was rather disgusting - a big handful of skin and bones - basically a kid who had stopped growing months ago and was mummified.  Once we got that out of the way, a big healthy doeling came out. A few minutes later, a very large buckling came out, who was kind of stuck because it was only his head. I fished up in there, found a front leg and pulled him out. What happened next was not what I was expecting. I mean, we've kidded hundreds of goats, I've pulled many many kids out, and most of the time things go pretty smoothly, even if the kid has to be pulled.
Well, the doe started bleeding, and bleeding a lot. She was hemorhaging. Not sure why. Thankfully she is a very large doe so could handle loosing a little blood. But it was pouring out. Everyone goes into "panic mode" and tries to find the Shepherd's Purse to stop the bleeding. I tried counter-pressure incase she tore, but it didn't seem to work. Every time I'd move my hand more blood would gush out. We finally found some of the Shepherd's purse tincture and gave it to her. She didn't seem bothered at all that she had just lost a few cups of blood, and was happily licking her newborns. She got up after a few minutes and the bleeding seemed to stop.
It's now been a few days and she hasn't skipped a beat. Thankful for a happy outcome on that freaky accident!

Well, nothing like kidding season going out with a bang! We still have a few bucklings left for sale if anyone is interested. They are nice boys, but it's the end of the year and they need to find a new home. Email me if you're interested - the price will be good.

a little Alpine/LaMancha cross girl... isn't she pretty? She is for sale also.

Joy, one of the Nubian doelings we are keeping this year.

Another Nubian girl we are keeping - she doesn't have a name yet. Any suggestions?

I hope you all have a lovely day!



Kristin said...

My goodness that is a lot of kids! I don't know how you keep up with it all. I'm glad the difficult birth turned out well and your doe is fine.