We had an April Fools’ Day snowstorm. It was a little late, but it still was a joke on us and not nice! And, to top it off, two of our does had FIVE kids, all born at the exact same time. Talk about confusion when I went to do chores. They had just been born and I could hardly tell whose babies were whose. Our old white doe, Buffy, had triplets, which was very hard on her, at her age. One, a little tan doeling, seemed dead when I found them. But when I picked her up, she made a sound. So I quickly took her to the house where I warmed her up and tube fed her some warm colostrum. As the evening was blowing snow, I kept her in the house so I could keep her warm and tube feed her every two hours. She was very limp and weak.
But our lab, Spencer, adopted her! He licked her off and slept next to her all night. Every time I got up to feed her, she was stronger. By the next morning, the little girl was standing and hungry! I took her down to her mother and she nursed. To make sure, I went down every few hours and made sure she got to the udder and nursed. Today, she’s bouncing around, but is still pretty little, yet.
We had another baby a week ago — a single spotted doe from our first freshener Boer doe and she is as bouncy and cute as can be. We now have five more does to kid but nobody looks ready yet. But they can fool you! Baby goats sure make spring fun, here on the homestead. — Jackie