Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hmmm. . .

How I wish there was some interesting news to share, but alas, there is none. :P My cousin, Aubri decided to sell her last three does and two are still available. One is likely bred so if you're looking for nice bloodlines at a great price, check out the Sales page of my website. She also has a buckling and doeling available. . . .

Aha! Remembered something interesting to share. . . My Pygmy doe, Rosie had her babies a couple of weeks ago. She had triplet bucks (bummer) but it was a fairly easy delivery and her boys are happy and healthy, so that's good enough for me. :) The first kid came out without a problem (I actually missed it and reached her after she started cleaning him up). Say hello to little Thaddeus:

He is the smallest of the three boys and is turning out to be a real sweetheart.

Next, came two little rear feet. I assisted slightly as you want the baby out fast when they are born rear feet first. When the umbilical cord is broken it triggers the kid to take a breath (not good when you're still surrounded by fluids). Here is Matthew (aka: the loud mouth ;)

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He is the kid in the background of these photos.

And last but not least and certainly the biggest is Bartholomew. He needed the most assistance entering this world. After Matthew was born, I "bounced" Rosie and knew there was another kid in there but she was kind of slow about delivering him so I washed up and "went in" finding a head presenting with no feet, so I gently felt around in there until I found one hoof, cupping my hand around it I carefully moved it up towards the nose and helped Rosie deliver him. With some assistance, a doe can typically deliver a kid in this position without bringing both feet forward.

Bartholomew, aka: the "gentle giant". He is very big, especially in comparison to Thaddeus. Rosie is doing really good so far feeding them all. I've not needed to supplement yet. She's been a very good mother and is very protective of her little ones, even when it's just me around. These are her last babies before retirement and she seems to be enjoying them.

That's all for now!

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