Moat Goats, 2.6.17

When I woke up, I found out that one of the 2 male twins had passed away in the early hours of the morning. There was a low mortality rate, and this buckling was the only deceased kid during my stay.

However, it was not all doom and gloom as a doe soon kidded triplets despite being sprayed as being due twins. The first kid had her head backwards and front legs bent forwards, causing the doe great difficulty so careful intervention was required.

Post-kidding, it was increasingly important to monitor the mother due to her significant loss in condition as a result of 3 kids of good size.

Meanwhile, Steph and I began the ear tagging and weighing process to keep on top of these procedures.

The kids that were moved down to the communal pen loved sleeping in the feeder…

Later on, I heard a screaming goat like never before. Edelweiss, a doeling, was in labour.
She was definitely the melodramatic mother of the week and on William’s arrival, she cowered away. Even with multiple attempts of Edelweiss-proofing her pen, she managed to escape. It was a great difficulty and took multiple days for her to nurture her kid, she was terrified for a while. Initially, the two person job of holding Edelweiss’ legs whilst the other person got William to latch on was the only way for him to nurse. I bottle fed William the vital day 0 colostrum to ensure he had sufficient immunity.

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