Post Number: 13
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|Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 07:28 am: |
I had the same thing happen to me 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I had gone out on a very cold late afternoon to feed and lock the goats up. I was pouring grain in the last feed bucket when I turned and looked at something outside of the pen next to the fence. It was 2 newborns and looked dead. I threw the bucket and got the goats in from the pasture and took off running around the pen and grabbed both up. Neither one was moving and they were ice cold. I took them into the bathroom and turned the electric heater on and started towel rubbing both trying to get them to come back. Took me about one hour on the largest one. She weighed almost 2 pounds and kept working on the smallest one. She only weighed 1 pound. Mom wouldn't let us milk the colustrom so my husband rushed to the farm and home store after the powder. They were premature and Mom had left them as soon as she gave birth to die. It took me 9 hours to get some life in her. The smallest one lived 5 days, I never could get her going good enough. Mom died 2 days later. But the largest kid is wonderful!! I was very lucky to have found a lady that sells goats milk so she's getting the best. She doesn't realize she's a goat yet, but that time will come. I take her out for walks and she runs and plays but has to be next to me. I have raised a lot of bottle babies that I have bought, this is the first of our own so she's so special to us. Our grandkids named her Lillie.
Post Number: 44
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|Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 10:52 pm: |
Had a close one tonight with one of my does...she kidded twins between my rounds and luckily I found them with just a few minutes to spare. Both of them had frozen ears at least and were nearly lifeless. It's been real cold here the last couple of days...I think it got down to somewhere around -9 last night and today didn't feel much warmer.
As soon as I found these two, I bundled them under my arms and headed back into the house where I warmed them up with a hair dryer. It took about an hour or so but they eventually came around. They are both doing well now - had their first colostrum and will spend the night inside with us.
Finding the mother was kind of a chore as I wasn't sure which doe had kidded out of several. I managed to catch the one I "thought" was the mother - she wasn't. I had to take a dive and dodge some low branches to catch her. Once I figured out it wasn't her, I checked the next one - a large Nubian we rescued a few years ago. Sure enough.
My wife decided that since it is pretty close to Valentines Day that we should name the little buck Valentino and the little doe Tori (don't ask me why on that one). Anyway, hope this might give some hope to anyone who has a similar situation.