Protect your goats from the cold with this comfortable sweater! I designed this sweater for my own goats. It is made with comfortable and warm non-pill fleece, and is available in several different prints. Fits kids closely, but yet allows for freedom of movement. Pulls on over the head like a T-shirt.
This video gives a look at the daily feeding and care of kids. Feeding time is an excellent opportunity to check your kids' health, and help them bond with humans so that they are friendlier. Be prepared after a few days of feeding for them to climb all over you, even when they are not hungry!
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so catching a problem or sickness at the very beginning is extremely important for your goat's health, and your own peace of mind. A couple 1,000 mgs. of vitamin C at the beginning of a cold is worth far more than a long round of antibiotics during a bout of pneumonia.
The sweaters these kids are wearing are the original ones that I made. I now sell them (and dog sweaters) in my farm shop. Please stop by!
Protect your young kids with this comfortable sweater! I designed this
sweater for my own goats (see photos). It is made with comfortable and
warm non-pill fleece, and is available in several different prints.
Fits kids closely, but yet allows for freedom of movement.
designs for bucklings (sweater is open underneath the
and doelings (fitted closely).
SPECIFY BUCKLING/ GENERAL SWEATER, OR DOELING SWEATER AT TIME OF
ORDERING. BUCKLING SWEATER WILL FIT BOTH BUCKLINGS AND DOELINGS.
Here is Bluebell at 7 months of age. She is recovering from a sudden worm attack, after a very wet summer. Otherwise she is in good health. She is not hard to lead, but needs some finishing. Blossom was walking up and down the fenceline behind me calling her while this video was taken.
As any goat-keeper who has disbudded kids knows, disbudding is one of the most disagreeable parts of raising goats. It is a traumatic experience for everyone involved. But the benefits outweigh the trauma and pain, at least, in my opinion.
Around 5 PM, I went out to check on Mabel. Her due date was May 31st, but her udder had been filling all day, and was now tight and hard. Now her ligaments were significantly looser, almost "gone". (For signs of early labor, see this blog post: Another Day with the Goats Pt. 2: Early Signs of Labor...)
I quietly concluded that we would have kids on the ground in the next day or two, and hurried back into the house.
That night, I checked on her at 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30. The last time, I decided to stay out there with her. (I soon regretted this decision, since the goats were intensely interested by my curling up in a chair in the corner of the stall, and Freda, not being as preoccupied as Mabel,wanted to climb into the chair with me.) But, believing in all my wisdom that Mabel was very close to kidding, I stuck to my decision, and stayed in the chair.
Fast forward to 10:45, when the video begins. I had stayed in the barn most of the morning, determined not to miss this kidding, the way I missed Nelly's.
As a consequence of staying out there that long, I was finally on hand for the whole birth. And now, I'll let the video explain the rest.
This morning I finally got around to taking some more pictures of the kids. Some of these are not the best... It isn't the easiest thing in the world to try to get decent photos of three bouncy little goats, two of which are constantly climbing into one's lap. They are all quite friendly, especially the doeling and Bramble (the red buckling). They are growing like weeds, especially the bucklings. You can see that they are already a good size for 11 days old.
Have you ever seen a kid with legs so bent that it is walking on it's knuckles? This is usually a condition known as contracted tendons. Bent legs in newborns are not uncommon, and are not such a very bad thing. Usually, this condition caused either by improper nutrition (deficiency in vitamins A & D, or selenium) or by crowding in utero, sometimes by both. This buckling is one of Nelly's triplets. He and one of his sisters had badly bent legs, the other one also had slightly bent legs. Good news: the legs straightened out in just a few days (3 if I remember correctly). In the video below, I show the kids legs and the treatment. I hope this helps someone!
Mabel kidded today (May 29th) with triplets. And, for the first time, I got to be present for the birth! I am so glad to have finally gotten to be in on it. And turns out, it was a good thing I was since the first kid was upside down. It wasn't too much of a problem, but it would have been much harder on Mabel if I hadn't been there. And we even got the whole thing on video. (Which means that I will inflict it on my readers as part of the "Another Day with the Goats" series.)