Thursday: Storm delivered two beautiful babies Sunday evening around 8 pm. A doeling and her brother were born in the delightful nose and toes position. I almost did a happy birthing dance in the birthing pen. She labored sweetly, licking everyone and anything during pretty much every intense contraction.
It took her about an hour to get down to business to push the 8.2 and 8.10 pound babies out. Both kids were cleaned off by our birthing team: Gretchen and Ian. Their umbilical cords were tied off, dipped in iodine and feet were sprayed as well. By around 8:30 or so (time becomes a blurr sometimes) I milked Storm out - lovely rich cholostrum and both babies received the first amount of their allotted portion. Each baby must receive 20 oz of cholostrum within the first 12 hours - after that - the beautiful benefits have diminished.
Both sweet babies are beautiful.
Update on Baby Ava - First, I've been told so many people from everywhere have been praying for sweet Ava. You need to know that after about 3-4 tube feedings and nights in warm places in our home - this baby has turned corners. Your love, thoughts and prayers have made the difference and Michael and I thank you so very much! Just Thursday afternoon - she drank her bottle - ALL of IT! That's huge for a weak baby goat.
Miss Storm has always been the most nurturing mother goat. At times, she's taken on rejected babies from other overwhelmed moms. This morning (Friday) I placed Ava in the birthing pen with Storm and her two new ones. Storm did not disappoint me - she began to lick the abandoned baby all over the rear/face and in between. Bonding is in process. The above picture you can see the three together with Storm.
Farm Members - After I posted this blog post on 'how to become a member' of our farm - my email addy pinged and pinged. You all rock! Half of you I have yet to contact and with the new baby feeding schedule and caramel production needs I just don't see it happening anytime soon. So, this is what you need to do. Email Joy - the Farm Volunteer coordinator - write: New Farm Member/Need Farm Chore in the subject line and in the body - give her your name, contact info and the color of your eyes (just kidding). She will contact you - set up your required membership farm chore (one time - 30 minutes) and then we will meet to talk face to face about your farm membership. Email Joy here.
# 1 There is NO farm volunteer time. I guess it's Super Bowl or something like that.
#2 There is an awesome - AWESOME workshop on The Art of Fermentation with Dr. John. Come learn how to clean out your gut. Did you know that just about all illnesses/disease start because the gut is NOT happy? Fermentation and eating fermented foods is the first step to health. Perhaps considering eating as if you had no health insurance and start by fixing your gut. I wrote about that here. Register and pay online for this IMPORTANT Food Preparation workshop HERE.