Maternity Watch at Gullringstorp
Yesterday Leif and I decided that today would be the day cleaned out Hilda’s box prior to her delivering her babies. Goat babies are just like human babies, they come when they are ready. For the last week I have been watching Hilda for early labor signs. She didn’t show anything for this past week.
We had so much rain yesterday , the ground was still sopping wet this morning. Everyone got fed in their boxes this morning as we hoped and waited for the sun to come out to dry up the enclosures.
As soon as all the goats were out, Leif started on Hilda’s box. It normally takes about 45 minutes to do one box, but not today. The goats were out no more than 10 minutes and as I stood in the enclosure watching everyone, I noticed Hilda. She was not a happy goat. She definitely wanted to be back in her box. Poor husband had to shift into overdrive to get that box done in time.
I wanted to both help with the box and stay and keep an eye on Hilda. I stayed with her as long as I could stand it before I left to help with the preparations of her box.
I got the new bales of straw as Leif brought out the old straw.
As soon as the last of the new straw had gone down, I went out to collect Hilda. I knew that she wouldn’t go without her daughter Peanut. That wouldn’t be a problem, but I worried that Pansy and Poppy would try to follow. They have started an attachment to Hilda as a new mommy. Thank goodness they were busy eating when I went to get Hilda. and Peanut. Hilda was so happy to get back in her box.
Hilda is in early labor. We may have new babies this evening or in the morning. Hilda is happy and she has her daughter with her in her new box. She can make her nest and comfortably deliver beautiful, healthy babies.
We will keep you posted on developments. Please check back later for updates.