Hah, thanks Leah! The collages have really been helping me see changes...or not. Keeping me sane...depending on your definition of sanity...!! hahahaha
I have heard of that, that kindaaa what I've been going for...without actually committing. haha!
I will Google search it!
Is it sanitary enough though? That's my main concern. I've read about dipping navels+hooves in iodine post-birth but I know that even that isn't necessarily enough to keep them safe.
I'm beginning to understand how grandmas feel, possibly. No telling when the baby is coming, just waiting nervously and hoping that everything will be fine! haha!
Yes, on the bedding front, luckily my feed store has been having a $1 off bedding sale (usually $5 per #40 bag of wood pellets, during January it's $4/bag! How did they know?!) so I have a few spare bags of that (though I don't usually use wood pellets for the G's since their stall is generally so amp anyway and the wood pellets seem to just suck that dampness up and on to the G's - but for birth clean up=perfect) and I went to the feed store yesterday and got 5 more bales of hay. I hadn't wanted to but for some reason everyone ate more hay last week and since births are messy, like you said, I didn't want to be stingy about bedding them all down.
So now I have 8 #70 bales of grass hay stuffed into in my little 6x5 hay area. Getting hay down to use is currently interesting...but I feel rather prepared so that's ok, I suppose.
Any case, that should mean that in the event of a REALLY unbelievably messy blessed event, I could even use an entire bale of hay getting things cleaned up...if I wanted. I hope it won't come to that but I could.
I also have a little birthing kit all made up and up at the barn (towels, iodine, gloves, kiddo blankets, floss for umbilical cords, clean scissors, selenium+VitE should they need that -I did dose Haze myself a few weeks ago+have been giving her Vit E daily, but you never know, etc) so I feel ok on that front. :)
One thing that I think I'm most nervous about it that I DID dose her with Valbazen while she was still within the first 45 days of her pregnancy. I had no idea then and no reason to suspect I shouldn't give it to her but I'm a bit worried about the possible effects... I know that generaly it causes abortion so obviously on that front we're "ok" but I have read about other side effects... I'm sure they'll be fine, just I want to make sure!! haha
Great to know about the hole digging! I did know that they did some digging but that's a relief o know that if she starts "digging a hole to China", not a bad sign. :)
She hasn't started licking a lot yet. ...or should I say, more than usual. She did sidle up to me today and give my hand a few good licks which was a bit unusual for her, but it wasn't anything really crazy or driven. Just a few "let's be buds" licks. And she does like to lick my face everyday when I take off/put on her blanket. But those are both pretty normal for her. I'm sure I'll know labor driven licking when I see it! hahaha!
Leah, you're the best. :)
I didn't get your message before locking everybody in for the night (Hazel's in the kidding stall, Atti is in the rest of the pen - Hazel seemed THRILLED to be by herself, Atti=not so much, haha) so no side pictures but I'll try to get one tomorrow morning right fter her blanket comes off. :)
BUT, I do have a patootie collage!
I don't know if you can see this, but the top of her udder in today's picture is wider vs yesterday's. Not by a whole lot but there's action!
We're not up to risen bread level though.. I think...maybe?
Hahaha! That's DISGUSTING, TRP!! I so hope that does not happen to me. GROSS.
But, with my luck, that will absolutely happen to me. hahaha
Oh thanks for the picture compliments! :)
I used to use a Nikon CoolPix P5000 which is a pretty handy all around camera. It doesn't have a great zoom but otherwise it was really ok for what it was.
Then, for Christmas, I was given a Nikon CoolPix P510. I'm still getting the hang of it but so far it's been far more versatile than the other camera (P5000). My favorite thing about it is the optical zoom. I've never used one before and it's basically my favorite! I love having the zoom without sacrificing quality! haha
I would have liked a "real" DSLR but you know, beggars can't be choosy!!
I think we're getting closer with Haze but it's not 911 time yet. She is having her first night in the kidding stall, with Atticus locked out! She seemed to really be loving having her own "bedroom" when I put them all in for the night. We'll see how she feels in the morning when I go up to let them all out, but for now, she's a happy girl!
Lacey had a great day. She and the goats went on a little adventure to the bottom of the valley in their pasture. There's a creek down there and it's very steep going down...but I guess Lacey's bored!
In any case, I went up to feed this evening and couldn't see anyone anywhere. So I started calling and next thing I know, I hear this thundering noise and here Lacey comes, galloping up the hill like she's going to slide backwards if she slowed down.
She was very proud of herself when I met her at the top of the hill and everybody happily headed down to the shed, like they had just done some real work.
She also got to go "naked" again today which seems to be one of her really favorite things these days.
Since I'm not riding her, there's really no need for her to be really clean all the time, so on sunny+dry days with no/little wind, she gets to be free of blankets during the day. She definitely gets blanketed at night though!
Atticus is being a general pain in the patootie. He's just such an active little guy and no one wants to play with him. Hopefully these babies will be his playmates, at least for a while! But he is trying to be good so I have hope for him!
"Guys, don't you like my kidding stall? I am oh so happy with it."
Troublemaker! I tried to bring him something to stand on and THAT is what he did to it. Silly guy!
Marina the llama was very interested in me today...
Then this was just cool - somehow the dandelion got ice on it!