The Lessons Nature Teaches You – Part 1

The Lessons Nature Teaches You

Friday Feb 24, 2012 Written by Judith

We have been preparing for this kidding season for a long time. In fact, in some ways, we’ve been
preparing since the first “gleam in the parents’ eyes”, which would have been in early October. But just
when you think you’ve got your “you know what” together and you still have a week before anything
happens… well, things happen.

Both Katie and I dreamt about babies last night and both of us went over the hill to the barn this
morning just feeling like we were going to see some kids already born or someone in labor. It was the
latter. Sugar had a long string of mucous (sorry, this may be too graphic) which is a telltale sign that
something’s shakin’, and for future reference, it was bloody. For the WHOLE ENTIRE DAY, nothing has
happened. She’s in her little “nest”, hasn’t eaten anything, and now we wonder what’s going on. We
have very purposefully decided to have a much more “hands off” approach to birthing this year, letting
Mother Nature and mother goat have their space and time. I’d say Sugar and Mother Nature are really
testing our resolve.

I have reread the rather short and not very detailed section in Mary Smith’s Goat Medicine book and all I
come away with is that this stage, the first stage, can last up to 12 hours.

So now it’s 7 p.m., 12 hours later and I think it’s going to be a long night.

Just to keep us on our toes, Lucy, our very old goat, who, despite all our best intentions, got pregnant
this year, was down. And I mean not looking good at all. Gave her some mineral oil since we had
had another goat recently with frothy bloat and she was looking that way. And then gave her some
propylene glycol in case we were really dealing with ketosis. She bolted right up and started eating hay.
Hmmm. However, she doesn’t look so great as the light goes out of the day and our first real serious
snow fall in forever starts. Before going to bed, I give her some Nutradrench.

It’s going to be a long night.

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