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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.

Just 2 bales should do the trick

Just 2 bales should do the trick. I helped by bringing the new straw

The scoop will soon be filled with the last of the old straw to be taken out to the field to be burned

The scoop will soon be filled with the last of the old straw to be taken out to the field to be burned

Once all the old straw is removed, the box is sprinkled with lime to help neutralize all the urine

Once all the old straw is removed, the box is sprinkled with lyme to help neutralize all the urine

The first bale of new straw is about to be spread

The first bale of new straw is about to be spread

Turns out that half of the second bale would be just about enough to give hilda a fluffy new bed

Turns out that half of the second bale would be just about enough to give Hilda a fluffy new bed

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 and her daughter Peanut are back in their clean box

Hilda and her daughter Peanut are back in their clean box

Peanut is enjoying the new straw and Hilda will make her bed in her favorite corner

Peanut is enjoying the new straw and Hilda will make her bed in her favorite corner

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.

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