The seasons are turning again  – today our first baby goats were born.  This particular goat has delivered twins each year, unassisted in the pasture.  This year I was determined to catch her in the act.  For three weeks she has been bagging up and softening at her tail head.  The last three days she has only been out in the small catch pen space, separated from the other goats and the pig.  I was very concerned about how the boar would react so just decided to make sure he did not get the chance.

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This is Cocoa yesterday just looking so uncomfortable, miserable really.

Then this afternoon…..

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My husband called me down to investigate “mucus” – this is indeed one of the first visible signs to the observer.  This is the first time I was able to catch this girl in the act.  In this photo one can observe her exceptionally full udder, the residue of amniotic fluid on the back of her bag, and the mucus plug has presented at her vulva.  20 minutes later…….

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and the next one gets ready

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here there are 2 feet – a good sign, but the are sole up, bad sign.  The second kid has presented in a classic breech position, back feet first.  Sometimes this goes OK, sometimes the hips get caught up on the doe’s pelvis.  Up to the house to change into barn clothes and give her a minute.  It was possible that when I came back she would be licking on the second one.  It turned out not the be the case.  I washed up and helped with second kid.  Just gentle pressure with her contractions and on 1 – passed the hips, on 2 passed the shoulders.  I broke open the sack that was still wrapped on his nose.  A few sneezes and some bulb suction later he was good to go.

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Happy Spring!