February 13, 2017

Triplets for Lini!

Yesterday afternoon Lini wasn't following the others (leading out, actually, she's the Queen), so I decided it was time to move Jessie and her twins out of the kidding stall, clean it up, and move Lini in.

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

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.

Triplets for Lini! © Feb 2017 by Leigh

38 comments:

  1. hummm in all her pictures, Lini looked as if she had an entire football team in there. ;) Congrats on the threesome though.

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    1. I think they were each actually a little larger than Jessie's twins, but they came earlier, which is probably just as well!

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  2. Mr Shoes & I discussed having goats, because I think they're so cute to watch & there is a big market here for them, but we decided that we would have to do a whole nother kind of fencing than what we have been putting in for 10 years... so that ended that thought. At least for now.
    In the meantime, I LOVE your goat pics!

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    1. Goats do need good fencing! And gates! Some goats are jumpers, which I'm told is somewhat hereditary. I only keep the ones with the best temperaments, so that helps on all counts.

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  3. They are really cute and I am sure they will make life interesting for a long time to come.

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    1. Kidding is one of the most fun times of year. :)

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  4. Lini's probably glad to have those three kids on the ground rather than to be still toting them around herself! Love the picture of Violet . . . those ears!!

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    1. It's the ears that sold me on Kinders, LOL (that and a few other things :)

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  5. Yay for Linnie and Jessie! Here's hoping Violet has a few more girls. They're easier to sell if you need to downsize the flock, aren't they?

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    1. Yes, most people are looking for does, and after all, one buck is good for a number of does. I do have requests for bucks this year, however. And does too, of course. Hopefully I can help establish some new Kinder herds elsewhere.

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  6. Cute cute cute!! Isn't it always (still) amazing when you see those kids on the outside, that somehow they all fit in there? ;)
    -jaime

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  7. Super cute! I am so glad you are enjoying a good birthing period and that your goats are being blessed with safe deliveries. The kids are so adorable! Thank you for sharing these cute pictures with all of us. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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    1. It's always a blessing to have safe deliveries! I've had a few hairy ones and lost a few kids, so I always pray for easy deliveries and healthy kids.

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  8. No words....well three...just freakin adorable!!!!

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    1. Which is why I love this time of year!

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  9. Buy two get one free? Love the colors looks like you are on your way to a buck year. Love Violet's photo. The face says it all kinda a goat Mona Lisa I think. You must be happily exhausted!

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    1. 3 bucks and 2 does so far. Last year we had 2 bucks and 4 does, so I can't complain. We'll see what Violet does! She does look pretty smug in that photo, doesn't she? Like she has a secret!

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoy this time of year. :)

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  11. So cute! I saw the word "triplets" in Ed's sidebar and had to come take a look. I'm glad I did!

    We had goats for awhile and only had triplets one time.

    Violet looks content. Hope her 'confinement' goes well. :)

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    1. Hello Kelly, welcome! And thank you for taking the time to comment. I visit Ed's blog regularly.

      The triplets are a treat, aren't they? Fairly common for Kinders, although I've had more twins than anything else. Just have to make sure everybody is getting enough to eat with more than two.

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  12. I feel happy for you Leigh, those little ones are precious. Are you keeping all of them? I'm sure it comes with experience, you seem so calm and cool talking about the birthing. I think I'd be terribly nervous the first time my goat had kids! Congratulations!

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    1. I was terribly nervous my first time too. Mostly things go well, but unexpected things do happen and I have to say I've learned most of what I know the hard way. Fortunately it's mostly happy times when it comes to kidding!

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    2. I forgot to answer about keeping them. Most of them will be sold - in fact I have a waiting list so long I won't be able to fill it this year. I may keep one or two, depending on what I end up with. It helps to evaluate the goats when you see what kind of kids they produce.

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  13. How exciting to have three babies of your own! They are darling. Glad all is well. Nancy

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    1. All being well is the most important part! The fun part is watching them explore and play. :)

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  14. Leigh,

    The new arrivals are adorable!!! Just in time to try on their new sweaters :-)

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    1. Thanks Sandy! Right now we're in a warm rainy spell, so we haven't had a chance to try the coats yet. Winter isn't over yet, though, so expect a fashion show one of these days!

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  15. They're gorgeous! So glad all is well with Lini.

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  16. Congratulations to all and especially to Mama! The babies are precious as all babies are. Is Mom going to be alright? Will she heal by herself with that tear? What a tiring but happy time!

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    1. Everything seems to be okay, and she is definitely her old self. It was just scary at the time until I figured it out. Not that I would have wanted it that way, but at least it wasn't something worse.

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