Zina took the day off today to be with the new baby goats. As long as I’m out in the barn with her, she’ll give me the time of day. I’m thinking about getting a cot out there for her to spend the next few nights on! Of course, she is smitten with the little duo. They are ridiculously cute, which furthers my assertions about how babies grow up to be adults…. cuz they are cute!
Everyone is fine. Momma Ginger seems to be taking it all in stride. The interaction is kind of fascinating. She talks to them. She tells them to eat. She is always cleaning them to bond. She will nudge them back to her udder. They are totally interacting with each other. Momma will come and rub on us as if to get reassurance that she’s doing everything right.
The little doe-ling gave us a little start today. They both got their first vitamin dose. Tomorrow is a pro-biotic to jump start their little rumens (how they digest). Afterward, the doe-ling looked kind of lethargic and was having “wet” coughs. All seems well now, but with goats this is the time where EVERYTHING can go wrong. So this gave us some pause. By the time we left them alone this morning she was up and even chewing on some alfalfa strands. Zina just came in and said they were jumping all over her…. a very good sign. Pictures below.
So the coughing activated Zina’s Italian mothering instincts. I had to hold her back from trying to feed her red sauce and pasta (Food is love after all! LOL!). But I was not innocent of concern either.
The birthing process attracted every fly within a mile radius. If you’ve never endured fly season on a ranch or a farm, just think annoying like mosquitoes. So I set to cleaning the barn and turkey coops again with gusto, as well as getting the wood chip bedding freshened. I also sprayed the barn with fly repellent last night like we have been doing all summer and then realized that these little guys are smaller than a Chihuahua. So, of course, I worried all night that the fly repellent might do something awful to them. Nothing like parental or care-giver worry. I can’t blame mine on my heritage. Dutch people don’t really give a hoot. Must be all that ice in Northern Europe. Must be something else. Guilt. We’ll go with guilt along with a little shame if we actually fail at something. A dead baby goat… its all your fault you .. fill in the blank.
So all appears well, but I miss Zina. I could go out there again, but I worked hard again today and breathed in a lot of turkey poop dust while cleaning the coop and am kind of wheezing. Yes dear, I wore a bandana as a mask.
Here is more serious cuteness: Breast feeding in public? Who friggin cares!