I arrived home from London quite late last night and was just too beat to make it out to the stable. I went to bad feeling like a real bad “goat mamma”. I knew I would see Iris and her babies first thing in the morning. We had no sooner entered the stable when I was able to only get a glimpse of Iris and her two new babies, when things were not quite right in Poppy and Pansy’s box. Well, it was right , actually.
Poppy is a brand new mommy for the very first time!
She had been in labor for the early morning hours and by the time we entered the stable, she was in the last moments of her labor and delivery was just a few moments away. I looked and she was laying down and I knew immediately that our little girl, now an adult doe was about to have a baby. I was in her box in a flash and down on the straw and talking to her to sooth her and massaging her tummy and hips. She was glad to see me and oh was I so glad not to have missed her delivery. As I watched and listened, I saw her mother Frida. I saw her tilt of her head, and listened to her stoic soft moans. She is her mother when she delivers.
I had my iPhone in my pocket and tried to take some photos before the baby was born. Unfortunately, it was not so well , lit due to our overcast day. Leif was kind to run back to the house and get my camera. First photos are a bit dark:
At this point, Poppy got up and labored to a new location and by the time Leif came back, we had a baby!
We had a scary moment when Pansy head butted the new baby. Well that was all we needed to see to realize we needed a fence. Luckily we have lots of items in our workshop and on the property. I decided the box should be split in half and Leif found just the right size piece.
Everyone in the surrounding boxes were really affected by the new baby sounds. Hilda and Peanut were listening as well as Pumpkin. We had a curious doe who was also in heat :
As things were settled in Pansy and Poppy’s box, I turned my attentions on Iris, her babies and her box.
We had placed a temporary fence up for Iris to feel safe and secure, but it was now time for a better fence and one that gave her and her twins a larger area to move around in. So back to the drawing board… what did we have available that would work to keep Iris in and the others from getting to her new babies. We needed length as well as height to make my vision work. We ended up with two fences pieces that work together, quite well. The babies are so happy to have the space to run, jump and spring as they need to.
It was a busy morning here in the Nursery at Gullringstorp. It was not a day for the goats to be out so everyone was made happy and comfy, inside.
We have learned that Poppy’s new baby is a boy. I can not say how disappointed I am. He is beautiful and I will give all the love he needs , but he will not stay at Gullringstorp. We have 7 buck now and that is way over the normal limit in any goat farm. I just couldn’t part with them. Phillip and Winston are my last baby boys I was allowed to keep. My promise to my husband and myself was that I would bite the bullet and sell any bucklings that come. So now, so far, we have 2 bucklings to 1 doeling. Of course I was hoping for more doelings but I can not control nature. We have 3 more does to deliver , please keep your fingers crossed for ALL doelings!
In spite of the bucklings being born, both mothers and all 3 babies are doing beautifully.