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Hilda’s Delivery at Gullringstorp


Hilda had a full day of slow gentle labor in her newly cleaned box on August 11, 2012. We watched her carefully for the hard labor with strong contraction. They didn’t begin until the evening. Everyone was in and feed and ready to go to bed when she started having really strong contraction . this was about 9 pm.

We had a bit of a problem. What to do with her grown daughter who shares her box, Peanut. I had noticed Poppy and Pansy attaching themselves to Hilda and her daughter; almost forming a new family unit. Poppy , Pansy and Peanut had become very close. We thought it might have been an issue leaving Peanut in with Hilda as she labored, so we moved her in the box right next door with the other girls. They were so happy to have her company but Peanut still wanted her mother, who was busy at the moment.

Around 10 pm my husband went back to the house with his walkie-talkie and I remained in the box with Hilda. Peanut was yelling for her mother and I was not sure if Hilda was answering her or just responding to her contractions. Then I remembered,  I had read somewhere quite some time ago, that it was not a good idea to change the new mother’s environment and that the slightest change could cause stress for her. ALthough we thought it was a good thing to move Peanut, it was not actually. I brought her back and of course Poppy and Pansy woke up and were not happy, but Hilda and Peanut were together again. Hilda relaxed as her contractions came closer  and closer together. Peanut was not sure what to make of the sounds coming from Hilda and was a bit frightened and stayed by my side. I reassured her as well as trying to help Hilda. Peanut would eventually walk to Hilda to lend her own support. I knew that Hilda felt very much better having Peanut back. Peanut was there when her siblings were born. I think this was a more natural environment for this little family.

Hilda taking it easy after a mild contraction

Hilda taking it easy after a mild contraction

Looks like a not so mid contraction has hit our Hilda

Looks like a not so mid contraction has hit our Hilda

She looks like delivery is just around the corner

She looks like delivery is just around the corner

Hilda was beginning to get uncomfortable

Hilda was beginning to get uncomfortable

Looks like Hilda is on her way !

Looks like Hilda is on her way !

A bit of a false alarm. this discaharge actually seems to act as a natural pitocin to help contraction start up again and even become stronger. Hilda ingests all that she expels

A bit of a false alarm. this discharge actually seems to act as a natural pitocin to help contraction start-up again and even become stronger. Hilda ingests all that she expels

Time for another rest

Time for another rest

Well that was a short rest for Hilda as a really strong contraction comes

Well that was a short rest for Hilda as a really strong contraction comes

Hilda's daughter Peanut is there to give some support to her mom

Hilda’s daughter Peanut is there to give some support to her mom

Hilda stretches a bit after that contraction

Hilda stretches a bit after that contraction

Looks like we will have a baby soon !

Looks like we will have a baby soon !

First baby born at 11:40 pm

First baby born at 11:40 pm

All of our  mothers eat the birthing remains from the straw and from the baby

All of our mothers eat the birthing remains from the straw and from the baby. This little one has a lot to say, already !

Hilda is great at attending to her baby directly and drying the baby off

Hilda is great at attending to her baby directly and drying the baby off

Hilda seems to take a moment and really look at her new baby

Hilda seems to take a moment and really look at her new baby

I thought I saw brown through this new baby's birthing outfit! Look almost completely dry in less than 5 minutes!

I thought I saw brown through this new baby’s birthing outfit! 

Less than 3 minutes after birth, this baby is trying to get to the MILK!

Less than 3 minutes after birth, this baby is trying to get to the MILK!

Hilda  works hard to clean her new baby as Peanut, my husband and I watch

Hilda works hard to clean her new baby as Peanut, my husband and I watch

She had just enough time to completely clean her first baby , before her second baby was ready to be born

She had just enough time to completely clean her first baby , before her second baby was ready to be born

Another beautiful baby was born at 11:50 pm

Another beautiful baby was born at 11:50 pm

Hilda repeated what she did with her last two babies; she seemed to forget about the second baby while concentrating on the first.

Hilda repeated what she did with her last two babies; she seemed to forget about the second baby while concentrating on the first.

Finally hilda attends to baby # 2

Finally Hilda attends to baby # 2

The second baby was a beautiful black

The second baby was a beautiful black

Hilda is such a good mother

Hilda is such a good mother

Baby # 1 is out and about on a tour of the box , already. Maybe 20 minutes old

Baby # 1 is out and about on a tour of the box , already. Maybe 20 minutes old

So where's the milk ????

So where’s the milk ????

Peanut loves to play on her chair

Peanut loves to play on her chair

The next morning Hilda gets her after delivery breakfast, fresh apples, her favorites , carrots and warm molasses water

The next morning Hilda gets her after delivery breakfast, fresh apples, her favorites , carrots and warm molasses water

Hilda and her babies had some time out in the front baby play yard yesterday

Hilda and her babies had some time out in the front baby play yard yesterday

Hilda is always right there

Hilda is always right there

Sweetie !

Sweetie !

Another sweetie !

Another sweetie !

Snack time in the play yard

Snack time in the play yard

Hilda has to keep up with those tiny fast legs always on the move

Hilda has to keep up with those tiny fast legs always on the move

Baby play time

Baby play time

Play

Play time

What a little sweetie !

What a little sweetie !

I was so happy when the delivery was complete. Hilda is the loudest of all our does and makes me feel really bad for he when the strong contractions come. It is always a relief when the babies are born safe and sound and Hilda is fine at the end of it all.

Hilda had the same combination of colors with her last delivery. Only difference was last time the little black baby was a girl, Peanut. This time we have 2 boys. My husband says we should think about selling these two. I know he is right, but…

This will not be easy, let me tell you!

Hilda is a very kind and gentle goat and passes on those particular traits to her babies. They have just the same temperament as  Hilda. Hilda has hereditary “bad” feet , under the long nails you see is actually, foot. We could never attempt to clip her only a professional who is very familiar with her feet.We have been really lucky that it has not been passed on to any of her babies. We were told that this trait can be so severe that most owners would consider culling. We have not though to do this.This is her second delivery here and her babies are just fine and have only her wonderful traits and sweet little goat hooves. They will make wonderful little bucks and pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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