Tuesday, March 29, 2016
"Stormcrow" is a quiet first-freshener who was assessed at 2 hr intervals, since she filled her udder or "bagged up", as we rural folks like to say. Last night, I knew she would definitely kid, based on her behavior, so I ran up the hill to the barn in my long underwear at 8 pm, 10 pm (to feed kids), 1 am, 3 am, 5 am, and again at 6:15 am to milk and feed for morning chores. Wouldn't you guess, that sneaky lady kidded sometime between 5:00 and 6:15 am. All the recent moms attended the birthing girl, so kids were sparkling clean and wandering around for a random tit, when I arrived. It was easy work to dip navels, milk out lucky bewildered doe and feed hungry kids before my children were ready for school.
My two first-fresheners both kidded unattended, but they are easing into milking time just fine. In contrast, all of my older does were heavily assisted, so I am now very comfortable re positioning breech kids and exploring a doe up to my elbow. There should be a word for spelunking a goat uterus...like "capcaving" or "goatsplelunk". Both sound "maaaaaa-velous".
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
During the rush of the short summer months, I envisioned myself enjoying this sleepy reflective period by knitting beside the woodstove, while watching my youngest daughter engaged in imaginary play. Any sedentary and reclusive routine is welcome, this time of year. My growing belly is ripe with our third child, a spring surprise pregnancy, slowing daily activity and jeopardizing barn chores. Carrying warm water up the hill twice a day, climbing fences and wrestling hungry pregnant goats is exhausting. They seem as perturbed by their predicament as I am mine. We commiserate by exchanging hormonally charged insults. I'll go first, thankfully, about four weeks before kidding season begins. While looking ahead to a full farm and market season with a baby in tow, for now I am content to patiently wait for my labor to begin.