Friday, after three days of no action in the barn, a friend who had been staying with us in the hopes of seeing a goat birth had to leave. We had just watched the family pull out of the driveway, when we found Zenith with a bubble. We called our friends and told them to hurry back! We all assembled in the barn and had cameras ready in plenty of time for Greyden and Emery to catch Lampy!
We all waited in anticipation while Jim checked for the next one…
but all Zenith had for us was a single buckling.
Everyone was still very excited to see Lampy, since this was the first birth our friends had ever seen.
Of course, there was something of a photo shoot while Greyden continued to rub him dry.
Hewitt milked out Zenith’s colostrum,
while she ate some oats.
Lampy was taken into the warm milkroom to be weighed, have his umbilical cord sprayed with iodine solution to prevent infection,
and practice standing.
Greyden reported his weight to Brett,
so when she was done putting on Lampy’s collar,
she could feed him the right amount of colostrum.
With a dried-off coat and a warm, full belly, Lampy was ready to go meet the rest of the herd!
Eleven pregnant goats done. Six more to go!
Kid count: 9 bucklings. 12 doelings.
2014 Goat Birth Stories
- Castro and Cedar
- Vanish and Venice
- Saturn and Secret
- Rampart and Reluctant
- Quality and Quest
- Idina and Iliana
- Elvis and Esther
- Factor and Ferocious
- Java and Jericho
- Tapioca and Tempest
- Yahoo and Yesterday
- Happy and Hera
- Zea and Zany