Happy Tuesday everyone!
TOday I'm canning about 200 tomatoes (out of MY garden yee haw!) and making a three tier german chocolate cake from scratch (with buttermilk! YUM!) for hubby's bday. It will be a busy day.
Saturday we were leaving out of the house for a late dinner and as we were driving past the goats, I yelled STOP! One of the nannies was giving birth (I guess I didn't castrate my buck as well as I thought I did). She had been making snow angels in the dirt for sometime, poor thing. Every time she'd push, the head and a foot would ALMOST make it thru and then she'd relax and it would go back in with nothing but the little nose and toes sticking out...
Hubby said to leave her alone and she'd probably have it by the time we get back (he has nothing to do with the goats - he just keeps the fences up LOL) and I told him that from the looks of things, she's been struggling way too long and you have NO CLUE what it's like to push a big ol' head out of a tiny little hole (TMI? LOL!) and I wasn't going to leave her - besides - all you have to do is hold the foot when she pushes (not pulling) and when she relaxes, the kid can't slide back in and out they come like a slippery seal. No different in this case.
But when we got back, there were twins! ONly problem is, #2 can't walk. We are on day 3 and he has full use of his legs but they have a mind of their own - he has stood up twice, but he can't get one of the hind legs to hold him - he can move it and it isn't a 'dead' leg, but he has not motor control over it. I've also watched the hair fall off of it and the skin underneath is bruised purple and pink - I've seen this before on animals who have had compression bandages left on too long.
I helped him nurse every couple of hours the first two days and now he's on milk replacer. If he is just trying to get motor control - maybe a compressed nerve or something - and just needs time, I'm going to give him a couple of weeks. He has stood up twice on his own which is an improvement, but I'm putting limits on how far I'll go with this one. If he doesn't improve, then it becomes inhumane to continue on.
My poor billy goat that is supposed to be a whether - he isn't going to like what I'm going to do to him this weekend....
Life on the farm!