Felicity was huge, so I wasn't too surprised when she had buck/doe twins on Friday, 12/20, just as the freezing rain heralded the beginning of the ice storm. They were really good-sized and very vigorous. Both were standing up when I found them, and still damp. Felicity was talking to them, but wasn't keen on nursing them. I worked with them and they caught on quickly. The next day I was worried because it seemed like mom didn't have milk, but finally realized that they were nursing very well and she'd been milked out when I checked her. I'm keeping an eye on the doeling though because I think the buck is drinking more than his share - they often do.
Sometimes you'll get a Nubian kid with an ear that doesn't unfold like it should; the ear stays folded in half. I've had it happen once, years ago, and a friend told me to put a hair curler inside the ear and wrap it with vet wrap (the pink foam curlers, with the pink plastic part removed). Now I'm very careful to dry off the inside of the ear really, really well and to check it often that first day to make sure it isn't stuck together. So far this seems to work pretty well.
I went in the pen to move Phoenix and her still-damp kid into the horse trailer with the other moms, and found that she too had had twins. The doe kid, quite small, was lying out in the cold, while the buckling was standing next to his mom. I tucked the cold, wet doeling inside my coat to warm her up, and carried the buckling while Phoenix followed. Hubby arrived home from work at this point and helped me get them inside the trailer with Felicity, Firefly and their kids.
Each doe had a set of buck/doe twins. There were babies everywhere and it was utter chaos for awhile. I worked with all four of the kids to get them to nurse. After a shot of BoSe, a vitamin E capsule squeezed into her mouth, and a belly full of warm colostrum, Phoenix's little girl was in slightly better shape.
But I had matching kid coats, and it was cold, so the twins wear coats of the same color. When the weather doesn't require coats, I'll use the matching collar method. (I'll post the how-to's on kid coats soon.)
Whew, what a weekend - twins from all three of my first fresheners! I'm quite shocked. My herd more than doubled in size in just four days (from five goats to eleven!) I've never before had my entire kid crop one color like this; it's a sea of brown.
I know for certain that Ziva won't kid for several months, since I bought her unbred. I'm glad for the break.
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