Triplets! Django really surprised us! I didn't think she was that big, nor that close to giving birth. It's notoriously hard to predict exactly when a goat will give birth (usually in the worst possible weather and when you have all kinds of stuff going on) but there are some clues and Django wasn't really exhibiting any of them.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
In the day or so before going into labor, moms develop a super tight udder, almost shiny and stretched looking - hers was getting there, but not what I would have thought was really ready. They "lose their ligaments," which refers to the tendons near the base of the tail, which are usually easily felt. Right before birth, they get super soft and squishy. I could still feel Django's yesterday afternoon. Behavioral signs are subtle - some mamas act out a lot and others barely seem to notice anything is happening.
Homero found the babies at about 10 a.m. when he went out to feed everybody. I wasn't home, but I hurried back as soon as I could. I had Homero put all of them in the mama barn and give Django food and water. By the time I got there, a half hour later, all three babies were up and had nursed without help.
Django is fine, eating and drinking and nickering at the babies and licking them like she is supposed to. She has passed the afterbirths (easy disposal of afterbirths: throw them to the pig) and everything looks just hunky-dory!
Two bucks and a doe.