Saturday, April 9, 2011

First Spring Kids 2011

This has to be the best time of the year. There is an air of expectation. It is like Christmas but just warmer. Our sweet Bella is now a mother. It seems like just a day or two ago she was that little kid being bottle fed in the kitchen. We try to stay as close to home as possible with the sheep and goats having babies. However, work does get in the way. It pays the bills so I am very thankful. But I have to leave the babies! Oh to win the lottery and pay off all of the bills and stay home. Oh, sorry. Lost in a daydream. Back to BABIES! We came home and Bella was all done. She had a little doeling we named Molly and a buckling we named Ernie. After all of that work a new mother deserves warm water with molasses to give those cells some energy and get that colostrum flowing.
Here is Molly with her ears still wet. We toweled her dry and put all under the heat lamp to warm up.
Ernie poking his head out to get a good view of his new world.
After a couple of days it was warm enough for the kids to go out. We still had snow on the ground but the temps are rising.
Little Molly is curious of everything. She seems to be a bit more brave than her little brother.
There is always the chance that the new mother may reject the kids and refuse to nurse them. We weren't sure how Bella would react. She was taken from her mother immediately and bottle fed. Nature took over and we are happy to say that Bella is an exceptional mom.

She talks to her little ones. I love the little eenh eenh sounds they make to each other. Our buck Teddy is the proud father. That means that Isabella our Nubian is now a grandmother on Mainely Ewes Farm. And the saga continues.

Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.

9 comments:

Michaele said...

Beautiful babies! I think those kind of surprises are even better than Christmas. So glad everything went well.

GreyWolf said...

Congrats on a beautiful pair of goatlings. We are looking forward to getting our first goats this year. We have lots of preparation yet to do, but the weather is finally looking like spring here and we should be ready soon. Looking forward to seeing more of Molly and Ernie in your future blogs.

Marigold said...

Oh, I love 'family' stories. But, where are the Peanuts? There should be some Peanuts somewhere in this story!

Mom2fur said...

Oh, my gosh, I love them! It must be just amazing to see those little sweethearts in the springtime. I don't think I'd be able to stop cuddling them! Too cute!

NancyDe said...

Congratulations - great feeling to come home and everything is well and good with new babies and mom.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Nothing as sweet as goat kids - your Molly looks like she could have been out of our herd of nubie crosses.

Rain said...

Oh my they are adorable-I assisted-unexpectedly-- in delivering 3 little kidds yesterday at my brothers-1 was expected!- I've tried writing you on email and it keeps getting rejected? Have posted several comments on ur posts and they get rejected also! Well enjoy those little kids-they are fun!!~~Rain

Diane@Peaceful Acres Farm said...

Congratulations Kelly!!! Ours aren't due for another month although the yearling mom's are wishing for it any day.

BTW....as I looked at your header....I can tell you why you still have snow...take down the Christmas Wreath on the barn!!! :) I see them still hanging on doors occasionally and it gives me a good laugh and let's me know that I'm not the only one running behind!

Lili said...

So glad everyone is healthy and doing great. They are so sweet! ~Lili