Monday, January 11, 2016

Not one... not two... but THREE!

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!


Annabelle.

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.


Photo op!


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...



BUt adorable!

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:

video

I'll keep you posted. It's nerve-wracking!

28 comments:

  1. Boy, you've been through a lot. You'll need a holiday somewhere warm soon. They are adorable.:)))

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  2. I am SO jealous! They are absolutely gorgeous! Healthy looking too! Now I have the urge to get new babies to add to our herd. Those cute little maa's did it! Annie

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  3. They are adorable!!! You are doing a great job. So sweet. Love the sweaters.

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  5. Such beautiful kids.

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  6. They don't come much cuter than those three! Well done Mama.

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  7. You and they fill my heart with love! Isn't it convenient that they were born with sweaters so you could tell the boy from the girls. I know the sweaters wouldn't be angora or cashmere (I think you need special goats for those). Are they some sort of synthetic blend? Hugs to you all!

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  8. Oh they are soo beautifully cute . I am soo glad all went well in the end . Well done every one !

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  9. that is a lot of CUTE....we are sending lots of purrs they all continue to do well

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  10. Yup, baby goats are cute.. and so much like baby kittens.. When there are large litters I often supplement feed to be safe.. Purrs for their continued good health.

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  11. OMG--three of them! Glad the little girl is doing better. We hope all of the kids grow strong and healthy.

    Good job, Penny :)

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  12. How cute! The boy looks a lot like Willie!!!!!!!

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  13. Congratulations! Kudos to you and your friends for saving Rosie!

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  14. Oh my goodness, what a weekend you had! Congratulations!

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  15. Those are the cutest faces I've ever seen. I can't imagine there being three! Congratulations!

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  16. They are beautiful. :)

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  17. I want a baby goat, or two or three!!!!
    How CUTE!!!!!

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  18. Leave it to YOU to have goats that look like storybook goats! OMG are they ever precious and the sound they make! OMG! I never knew that when they are born they are sooooooo big!!! Wow!! CONGRATULATIONS ON TRIPLETS!!!! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

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  19. Congratulations on the births of the trio. They are so cute :-)

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  20. Holy goat, Triplets! How cute. Glad all survived, thanks to you and your friends help.

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  21. Oh they are all adorable! I'm glad to hear you were able to save the little Rose. The thought of bottle feeding goats every six hours sounds exhausting, hope Penny's production increases so you gcan get some rest.

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  22. ooH Triplets. I miss having baby goats. The soft quite bleats. We never had any triplets usually twins, and had more than enough milk for babies as well as to sell. But we raised Toggenburg goats that were large milk producers. Penny maybe a first time Mama. Most goats deliver without any problems and she may come into more milk. The kids look so cute in the sweaters. Good luck with the babies.

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  23. Nice work Natalie. They are beautiful. You've had a busy and anxious couple of weeks. I hope you can catch up on your sleep soon.

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  24. Wow, these goatie babies are CUTE!!! Congratulations. And to have little Rose almost not make it. Whew! I hope you can get some rest soon.

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  25. 'The little boy a hog'!
    My first son, born at 10 1/2 lbs. would breast feed on 3 sides!
    His daughter was tiny, mind you!
    Good work with your critters! You are a saint!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  26. They're adorable! I love their Bassett Hound ears! You are are great goat mummy & daddy. I hope to be reincarnated as a goat on your farm. :-)

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  27. They're adorable! I love their Bassett Hound ears! You are are great goat mummy & daddy. I hope to be reincarnated as a goat on your farm. :-)

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!