Sorry for taking so long to post about this, but I'm exhausted! On Saturday around 3 pm, Penny the Ontario SPCA rescue goat popped out...
...TRIPLETS! Two girls (red sweaters) and a boy.
After the birth, Maamaa got a bucket of warm water with molasses in it.
Everything went okay. Penny popped them all out without a peep. She has clearly done this before!
Boy, who doesn't have a name yet!
We have a baby monitor wireless cam in there, and got some screenshots!
Making sure the babies nurse! Buttercup the cat came up from behind to check things out.
Sweeties. We had quite a scare yesterday when nearly lost one of the girls.
This little girl had become lethargic and cold. With the help of a goatkeeper friend, we figured out that Penny simply wasn't putting out enough milk!
My friend Debbie and I then set to work while we waited for goatkeeper friend to show up. She had us put the little one in a plastic bag, then immerse the bag in a sink of warm water for 15 ninutes to warm her up. We ended up doing this twice, and by the time the goatkeeper arrived, Debbie and I were sure the little one was going to die. We had even gotten a bit of colostrum and milk into her, but she became increasingly lethargic, and finally even stopped crying. We tucked her up in the bathroom on a heating pad with warm blankets and left her while we went out to the barn to check on Maamaa.
When we came back in the house, we fully expected to find a dead kid. Instead, she'd opened her eyes and perked up!
She has been doing much better ever since. All three kids started getting supplemental bottles yesterday. I've gotten good advice from several friends with goats. We have to be very careful not to overfeed the babies, but at the same time, we need to make sure they are getting enough milk (especially the little one!)
So we're bottle-feeding every six hours or so for the moment, and giving out lots of goat cuddles.
Penny is a very good mother, despite not having enough milk (we are working on that, too, as best we can!)
The little boy is a hog...
The little girl we saved yesterday is name Rose or Rosie in honour of the goatkeeper friend who came over to help us. Her middle name is Rose. :)
Here is one of the cuter videos I took this weekend:
I'll keep you posted. It's nerve-wracking!