O.K. So you know how some days you look back and think, Wow! Who would’ve guessed I would’ve done that today?
Well that’s how Monday was for me. I got home from picking up Ace from school and the weather was gorgeous so I opened up all the windows. I made myself a nice fresh squeezed glass of lemonade, sat down at the table and began to read a little. Which truly is a novelty but the boys were both outside playing (without me for once).
All of a sudden I heard one of our goats cry. Like really cry. So I ran outside to see what was going on. I thought maybe she got her horns stuck again or something. When I reached the barn I noticed she was lying down, which is very unusual for her during the day. She’ll sit sometimes but very rarely lay completely down. I looked around and couldn’t find anything wrong.
Then Bruno (our doggy) ran over and scared her so she got up and started walking away very slowly. Normally when he starts barking at her she takes off. As she was walking away I noticed her udders looked full and she was leaking from somewhere along with some other details that I’ll spare you.
Now I need to mention at this point, that I know NOTHING about taking care of goats. We’ve had a couple in the past and other than feeding them and clipping their nails, they’re pretty self sufficient. So I am totally freaking out because I know something is wrong. So what do I do? I call the one person who totally knows what she’s doing, especially when it comes to goats. Thank God Susan Sophia was available and she told me that I better get outside because our goat was getting ready to kid!!!
Imagine my surprise! Why was I surprised? How didn’t I know, you ask? Well, let me tell you. We purchased the goats just under two months ago and when DH picked them up the guy told him there was a chance she was pregnant. Now when DH hears the word chance his brain immediately releases the information. So needless to say he never mentioned a thing about it to me. So I call and tell him what Susan said and then he remembers…
So, phone with Sophia-on-the-other-end in hand I run outside. And you know what? Our goat was surely having a baby!
I cannot describe the feeling of seeing that! This tiny baby goat! Ace and Lucky were just amazed (as was I). We watched as the baby rolled around then slowly gained strength in its legs and began to nurse from its mama. What a miracle!
I am so excited! I’ll be checking out every book on goats at the library this weekend! Susan sent me a ton of great information that I have been reading too! In two weeks I can start milking the mama, so I’m checking out all of Susan’s favorite products, like Molly’s homemade udder wash and other great items!
It’s going to be a bit of a challenge because the mama is very nervous about letting people to close to her. I’ve been going out every day now and bringing her treats to help her trust me. I’ll definitely update you and let you know how it’s going!
Thank you again Susan for saving the day!! You’re my hero!