I haven’t blogged in what seems like forever! Part of the reason being that my computer died and I hate doing it from my phone!! But, I wanted to make sure I had this one posted!
Mark had to put down my all time favorite goat yesterday! She was actually my first goat! She somehow managed to get on our ranch as a baby and my dad found her following the cows! We didn’t have goats at the time! That was 16 years ago!!!! Amazing really. Everything I’ve always read has said goats usually don’t live past 12 or 13. She was the sweetest smartest goat ever and such a good mom! Usually she had twins but sometimes triplets and always took care of them all!
She fell the other day going into the barn! My dad helped her up and made a little ramp to help her out a bit! There’s a bar that they have to step over to get in. Not high but its was too much for her! She did good for a few more days and then we found her laying down in the barn! She never got up again! I took her food and water for two days and decided I didn’t want to see her suffer! Now, this is my favorite part!!! I told the kids that day after school that we were going to put her down! Case said “mom just wait three more days”. I explained I didn’t think she would make it that long. I would wait but if she got worse we were putting her down! So we waited! We carried food and water for two more days to her! Then it happened!! She had a baby!! We were very shocked!! I had separated her from the buck a long time ago! I still don’t know how she got bred! But she did, and thanks to my son, she was still with us to have the baby! Even laying down unable too move she cleaned him up best she could! She could only reach half of him! We brought him to the house, cleaned him up, got some colostrum in him and put him under a heat lamp! Every last nutrient in her body must have gone to the baby because he’s a healthy little guy! No problems at all! She didn’t look pregnant and she didn’t have a bag at all! Poor old gal! She spent the next 12 days laying in the barn eating her body weight in sweet feed that I carried to her three times a day! This was her favorite thing to do! Eat!! So now we have her last baby, Elvis! More than likely this is one little male that won’t be sold! He will have to stay around here like his momma!!