Sunday, April 29, 2012
Tail Ligaments - A Sure Sign
I can't take much credit for seeing to it the new babies made it into the world okay.
But I do have something I would like to share with other goat breeders,
if you didn't already know,
like I didn't, and I have only been doing this for at least a dozen years.
It is the key to everything.
It doesn't lie.
Don't waste your time looking for any other signs.
Check the tail ligaments.
I took Rikki with me to the barn Friday evening to check on Cocoa.
I showed her where the ligaments were on Sage and had her feel them,
then on Cocoa, so she could feel they were just a little softer.
Saturday morning, I had to take her (Rikki) into town meet her friends
and work on a school project.
I checked Cocoa before we left and there were no ligaments to be felt.
I watched for signs of contractions, but saw none. I knew it would be soon,
but figured I had a least 4 hours (don't ask me where I came up with that).
We left at 7:30 a.m. and I got back at 10:15 a.m. I knew when I drove up,
that something was happening. Sage was standing outside of the barn
looking in the door - not about to go inside. Cocoa was not outside.
I ran to the barn. Just before I got there, heard the most happy sound in the world
to a worried goat breeder. The cry of baby goats.
I didn't need anything but dry towels and a heat lamp to help out this amazing mom.
She did it all and she did wonderfully. I am sure if I were there
I would have just interfered. My timing was important though,
they needed some immediate attention, that Cocoa wasn't able to give them.
The girls are named Wendy and Rainey - after the weather we have been having.
The boy is named Trevor John - after the little boy my daughter is nannying in NY.
He begged : )
Now he wants us to bring them to NY and show him. hehe
The next plan is to try to get Sage to take the boy and mother him
so everyone can have plenty of milk.
I did say "try". Good thing I still have a few more days off.
Wish us luck and click here for a video on how to locate the tail ligaments in a goat.