Tales from the Goat Birthing Pen!
Winter 2020 Baby goat kidding!
DOB: December 6th
My Bama Girl is my diamond Mini Nubian goat. I looked all over for a goat like her.
So if you are keeping count we have had 14 baby goats in 7 days, oh my! Fast forward to Sunday, December 6 before lunch. I am getting ready to eat something and I look out at the doe pasture. I had our Mini Nubian pasture put outside the kitchen window because I like to be able to watch the girls. When it’s dark I can open the window and say” girls” and all the girls talk to me. Bama is standing near the hay feeder and I am watching her. I see her lay down and looks like she stretched. She stretched again and another time. That’s not a stretch, this Mini Nubian Mom is in labor! I grab my shoes and birthing kit. I run to the pasture and jump the fence. This is one time being tall and long legs come in handy. I see a tiny bubble starting to emerge. After a couple of minutes I see hoofs and a tiny nose.
My talk with Bama goes something like this. Push Bama girl! You can do it, come get that baby out. I love you baby girl. Push again it is almost out. Good Girl Bama! Alright, get that baby goat clean. She cleans him off and starts eating the sack. Yes, this is what does do.
She lays down and starts pushing and we have the same talk again. Lol This time she deliveries the baby goat and ignores it. This is not like Bama. We grab the baby, take the sack off and clear the airway. I look up and here comes baby #3. This baby goat is almost all the baby out. She pauses for a minute with it half way out! Bama don’t stop! I was lucky enough to catch this on video. If I get a video of a baby goat being born that means it was a smooth, uncomplicated delivery! Good Job Bama girl!
Baby Goat Gender Reveal: Bama had registered F7 Mini Nubian triplets. She had a beautiful tiny moon spotted girl and 2 nice size boys. One of the boys has frosted ears and looks like his body is frosted too. These beautiful baby boys will be available as bottle baby goats.
Updated on Bama” After giving birth Bama seemed a little off and very tired. We gave her a bucket of warm molasses water to drink. We often do this with our new Mom’s. She laid down and rested right after they were born and licked them clean while laying down which is unusual. Sometimes after a goat gives birth they are worn our just like a human. We got her and the kids moved into a birthing pen and I made sure that each baby goat had nursed at least twice. Sometimes it takes a baby goat a while to find it’s legs so I personally like to make sure they nurse. We loaded the goat birthing suite up with fresh water, a grain mix, hay and alfalfa for Bama.
Bama our F6 Mini Nubian's birthing story
is best described as SURPRISE!
Bama decided she would start dating aka mating without us knowing. I saw her go into heat 1 time. She would flick her tail and strut her stuff. As it turns out, Porter was sneaking over to date her without us knowing that she was in heat.
We knew Porter was slipping through the hay feeder to visit the does despite our best efforts to keep him on the other side of the pasture. However, we didn't know Bama was in heat. We noticed a tiny starter utter and suspected she was pregnant.
This story begins on the evening of March 19th while we were feeding grain. Keep in mind, I thought she has at least 6 weeks to go based on her tiny starter utter that this first freshener was developing. I am in the Boer pasture feeding the goats grain and Farmer Jason screams at me. You can't hear actual words because the does and buckling are also screaming for food. He waves for me to come up to the Mini Nubian pasture. I go running because he doesn't call unless something is off. I make it to the lower pasture gate and here him say, "Bama is having a baby". What? No way! This is not possible, right, right?
Oh it's very possible. She had delivered one baby by the time I get to the goat shelter. After a few minutes I go to get towels to help dry this adorable F6 Moon Spotted Mini Nubian and she begins to push again. Here comes baby number 2, twins, both brown, black and white moon spotted. One is smaller and has a black ear. They are so cute and as a added bonus doelings. This first time goat mom did great. We helped clean them off and got her a birthing suite setup. In all fairness I knew Emilee was pregnant and due soon. I witnessed the breeding. However, I didn't expect Bama, Denver and Daisy to go for another 6 weeks or so. Just for the record this beautifully moon spotted F6 Mini Nubian nanny is a great Mom to her twin doelings. I am so proud of her.
Bama - F5
Mini Nubian Doe
Bama is our beautiful F5 Mini Nubian Doeling. She is my unicorn! She was born on 3/13/19. We raised her as a bottle baby in the house with KC and Ally. She has great milking genetics and beautiful moon spots. As she has matured, her moon spots have lightened up significantly. She is black in color with light brown moon spots and long pendulous frosted ears! Her personality is more reserved and she tends to observe her surroundings more.
Why the name Bama: I already had Denver and KC so it only made since to name her Bama and her sister Ally. After all they are my Alabama Does!