On Friday I had observed that one of my young does, not quite due to kid, was beginning to show signs of impending birth. Friday afternoon and evening came and went. Was this just a false alarm? Would Annie wait until at least her earliest due date of Sunday or Monday? Was I going to be taking a very pregnant young goat to a birthday party in town?
By mid-morning Saturday I looked at Annie and I knew she would be kidding within hours. I called Eve and explained (somewhat frantically and apologetically) that I feared Annie was going to kid and we debated what to do. After several options were discussed, it was decided to move the party to our farm providing the guests were okay with the last-minute change. This might be a good time to add that Eve is also a goat person and was very understanding. I hoped her guests were as understanding.
Within the hour, and another phone call, it was confirmed that the party would travel to our farm and was now somewhat expanded (and slightly delayed) to include a cookout with burgers and dogs as well as Eve's vegetarian dishes and elaborate cake. This is wonderful! We can have our party and I can keep an eye on Annie.
Shortly before our guests were scheduled to arrive, I was out on the deck starting to clean up our large charcoal grill that had been sitting all winter. Don came to the door and yelled "I think Annie is having her kids"! I ran to the barn and sure enough she was pushing and the bubble containing the kid was in sight. She delivered a small buckling but it was obvious she wasn't done. "She's going to have twins" I yelled. "I need another puppy pad and towel!" The next kid followed quickly and was a large buckling that was three times the size of the first one. I was helping Annie get the kids dried off and she pushed again and out came a very tiny kid born breech. I knew she was going to be tough because of the fluid in her lungs, her tiny size and the fact that she was early. A quick check confirmed that she was a little girl.
We whisked her into the house and began warming her and I ran out and milked some very thick colostrum from the mother. It was exactly then the first vehicle of people arrived. I was dressed in old shorts and I was splattered with iodine, birth fluid and sticky colostrum. People that know me well might not be surprised at my appearance so I was very happy to see that Eve was among the first arrivals. Most of the people that were coming were the family of an aquaintence of mine. In fact it was our dentist. I know him but not really "crawling around in a stall of birthing fluid" know him. As the guests entered the house bearing coolers of food and drink, my husband and I had the little doeling on the kitchen counter trying to warm her with our hairdryer and get some colostrum into her with a small syringe since she couldn't suck on a nipple.
While Don, Eve and I tended to the little one, guests set about to chopping, heating food, serving beverages, finding freezer and fridge space, finishing the grill cleaning, setting up outdoor tables, cooking burgers, and generally making themselves at home for which I was very thankful. At some point I stuck out a sticky hand to introduce myself to the three people I had never met (and likely will never see again!).
After an hour or so we got the babies dry, fed and settled into a cardboard box . I was able to join the party and had a wonderful time with some very accomodating people and all I had to do was sit and eat.
Here is a peek at the new kids.
|The first-born buckling P-nut.|
|Annie and her second-born kid that is her clone. He is staying with his mother.|
|The last tiny triplet, Gracie, with a milk mustache.|
Eve, who is wonderfully understanding, brought her bottle-fed goat-puppy Moonbeam. It was so cute! Moonbeam stationed herself next to the box of goat kids and happily entertained herself chewing on their box. She is a very good goat-puppy and goes out in the grass to potty, well except for that one incident on the chair LOL.
|Eve and her 10-day-old doeling Moonbeam.|
After it was al over I concluded that this was my kind of party! It will be interesting to see if anyone else feels the same.