a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

Goat baby! (Alys kidded a baby boy this morning)

Alys kidded a baby boy this morning at about 7 AM. Of course, she waited until I fed everyone breakfast. She kidded sometime between breakfast and when I got out of the shower. I was dressed for work and loading up my car when I heard the unmistakable "MEEEEEEE!" coming from the barn. So I got to do the firedrill in double-time, stripping off the suit coat and nice shoes to cram on barn boots, jacket, hat, gloves, grabbing a towel and camera and running for the barn... I figured either that was good enough, and I would just be late to work, or we had an emergency and it wasn't going to matter if my work clothes got dirty because I wouldn't be going to work today anyway.

Despite all of the barn doors being open, Alys kidded right where she was supposed to do it: the back corner of the barn one of the kidding pens. She was licking him with single-minded mommy-intensity. Baby was head up and ready to go find that mom-food. So I toweled baby off, fed mom, gave baby a squirt of goat goop (molassas and electrolytes), and closed the kidding pen gate.

Yes, she sonogrammed as having twins in there, but there's is the chance that we just saw both sides of the same kid. It's happened before, and I'm sure will happen again.

I love having goats that don't need help. Sure, there's a slight chance of a fatal issue, but for the most part, they are doing what nature said to do.

... So I'm at work, even though half of my brain is home in the barn, coo'ing over the newborn.

Photo of the proud mama and new boy:

Alys kidded a baby boy on 2-10-2012 Alys kidded a baby boy on 2-10-2012
Alys was the first mom to kid this year. Her baby boy showed up at about 7 AM, and was ready to rumble immediately.
Tags: angoras, kidding, kids

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