The long wait has come to an end. At 7am everything was quiet. Isabella was standing with the rest of the goats. At 8:40 Ted went out to check again. I heard Ted yell on the monitor we have set up “Kelly, come out here now.” At about 9am this tiny hoof made an appearance.
With a few pushes and a loud groan Isabella pushed this little face into the world.
Then at 9:15 Teddy arrived with a splash.
We were very fortunate that the weather was warm this year. No sub zero birthing . Whew. The heat lamp is used to prevent chills.
Isabella has surprised us with being such a good mother. She was comfortably with us being close. She would call to us when we were on the outside of the pen. “See, I did good.”
Ahem….please let me introduce Annie at 10# even and her younger but bigger brother Teddy at 11.6.
After doing such a great job with her babies Isabella enjoyed a nice warm gallon of water with 1 cup molasses. She put her face in the bucket and began sucking the mixture up. The molasses is a great source of iron and glucose. Two things that she needs after delivery.
In Maine we are a selenium deficient area. Selenium is an element that is vital for muscle function in sheep and goats. It is necessary for goats to reproduce, urinate, birth and lactate. A lack of selenium can cause White Muscle Disease very similar to Nutritional Muscular Dystrophy. The kids were given 1/2cc of Bo-Se, a selenium supplement. Their navels were dipped with iodine to prevent tetanus and other infections. They were weighed and loved alot.
Beverly from Bee Haven Acres had this great idea that her brother developed for a warming barrel. The kids can get in but the moms cant. Babies can stay warm. Ted is busy setting it up. Of course with the help of Emma. The very helpful chocolate Lab.
We will update with a myriad of pictures. And of course the completed barrel. Much Love and Prayers from all of our new arrivals at Mainely Ewes Farm.