By dinner time there was some discharge so I stepped up the pace of my checks. On my 900th trip out to the barn, Lini was starting to push. Soon the birth sac appeared but I didn't see anything in it at first. Finally saw one hoof and a nose. There are supposed to be two feet, so I was concerned one foot was back. When this happens I always try to find the other foot and pull it out. Lini was really tight however and I finally got leg and head out first with the rest following right behind. First baby was a buckling.
I was alarmed, however, because she was bleeding. First concerns are possible torn uterus or placenta, but in looking closer I was pretty sure it was a tear in the vagina. The flow didn't last long but soon started coming out as clots. Baby number two was also a buckling. Lastly a little doe. Only then did I start getting pictures!
|Barely an hour old.|
|First buckling on right, second buckling on left. |
He's the only one to have a nose band & waddles.
|Little doe was last. Unlike her brothers|
she has no white or cream coloring.
|Brother #1 on left and Sister on the right.|
|Brother #2 on left and Sister on the right.|
It was amazing how quickly these three were up and on their feet. Dan and I made sure they were dried off, had a tummy full of colostrum, and could find a teat on their own. We also made sure Lini wasn't bleeding anymore, had her fill of warm molasses water, was up and moving about, and had feed and more hay. She is an excellent mama.
Now I'm just waiting on Violet.
Her due date is the last day of the month, so we have a bit of a breather for now.