I am on kidding watch!
This is the second time in 5 days!
We breed pygmy goats and it is kidding time & so far things are not going to well
We have a small herd of pygmy goats – 4 breeding nannys, one retired nanny, two kids from last year (a wether & a nanny), two wethers & two stud billys. Our four nannys are Fizz, Fudge, Flo & Breeze and all four were put with a stud around 5 months ago, and we wait now for the nannys to give birth. They have no particular time of the day when they give birth, unlike our llamas who will nearly always do it in the morning between 9am & 11am, and so when the process starts we need to keep an eye on them.
Pygmy goats are not the greatest kidders, they often need intervention, from bad presentation by the kid (they are supposed to come out as if they are diving out, front feet first with head in between), to a nanny that just cannot do it! We are not experts in these matters and are happy to get the vet to come out, but as they can take an hour to turn up it is important that we call them at the first sign of trouble.
Last week, Fizz had to have a c-section as the kid had come out head first, and unfortunately the kid did not survive & today we are watching Fudge closely as she has started & is a little over weight (just how do you stop a goat from eating). We have had the vet out twice to her already (it’s going to be a big bill this month) and he assures us that everything is just going along fine, but while he suspects that it will be 12-24 hours before she kids, we are not taking any chances and are taking it in turns to keep an eye on her.
I have the 1am – 4am watch & am sitting in my office which is next door to the goat she (I can hear her gentle bleats), so time to write a few blogs, catch up with the news & to keep my fingers crossed that everything will be alright!
The things we do for our animals!