Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I went in to check on the little darlings and see that they were ok and make sure momma was doing well . Both looked fine other than a slight lack of care but the smaller of the two was close to freezing to death. Now I am not in to taking heroic measures in order to save animals here on the homestead and I no longer do the bottle baby thing unless it is absolutely needed but I will not let a critter die simply because momma had a very big lapse of judgment. I also know in years past she has always been a very good mother so i scooped the near froze one up and wrapped it up in my coat.
I didn't think she was actually going to live. It was so cold and wet its muscles were contracting and pulling its neck in funny positions and the breathing was pretty screwy. The only thing this kid had going for it was that it was trying to suck. I went out to the freezer and grabbed a couple frozen packs of colostrum and set it in some warm water to thaw and worked on drying the baby off. As I was drying, I was stimulating and rubbing quite briskly while switching out towels that I had hanging on the wood stove door. I then decided to just let her warm and rest a while to see what happened as I had done all I would do. I tucked her into a nest of warmed towels on top of the dirty clothes basket and left her sit a while. Within an hour she was looking around, neck issues fixed and standing up. I gave her a bit of colostrum which she willingly took and she began following me around the shack.
Knowing I didnt want to bottle feed a baby for many reasons, I decided to take her back and see if momma would mother her and take her back after my having messed with her a while. I walked in the pen set the kid down momma immediately took her in and began mothering. Baby then decided she was still hungry and went searching for a teat. All seemed well so baby is now back with momma and I don't have to play momma goat.
I gotta say, it's kind of funny that no matter what sort of baby it is, you still mother it like it was your own. I caught my self rocking the beast as I did my motherly duties. Don't tell the manthing I said this but I think in his old age he is softening a bit. I caught him checking her out and I think, even petting her a couple of times. Miracles never cease!