My best girl was due today, but her behavior and physical changes indicated an early kidding. In goat speak, she bagged-up Tuesday afternoon. Last season, she delivered in the early hours of morning, alone, as a first-freshener with a huge buckling. Spring was good to us last March and while her unattended birth was an accident, there was no threat of freezing to death for her kid. This year's subzero March temperature has already presented new challenges to our predetermined kidding schedule.
We almost lost our first twins to the cold. It only takes about 15 minutes for a new and very wet creature to perish at 2 degrees Farhenheit. Birthing attendance in March is required for many reasons, the most fundamental of which is to dry off, warm and feed the new life before it expires. I spontaneously woke in the middle of the night to check on a first-freshener who was behaving strangely during the daytime. She wasn't due for almost two days, but that didn't stop her labor. I arrived just in time to rush her two kids into the house, and revive them with a hairdryer followed immediately by tube-feeding each 1/2 once of their mother's colostrum. The change that I witnessed within an hour of that effort was truly remarkable. The experience reinforced my commitment to take responsibility for the kids I'd helped create and be there, at any inconvenience, to make sure they had the very best start to a promising long life.
|Mucus plug - Wed afternoon|
|Nearly indistinguishable, brother and sister pair.|
Titanium delivered VERY large twin siblings, a blue-eyed buckskin doeling and a blue-eyed buckskin buckling at 3 am Thursday morning. All are well and I am headed for bed.