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  • Baby Goats in the House

    Well I just called my mom to tell her we had to bring them in the house. I think she thinks I'm certifiable....she may be right. Vet was out last night for our buck who we all thought had a blockage, but he was just fine. Showed her the doe we thought would kid soon.

    She left and we noticed the smallest of the three does was streaming, she freshened at 9PM. Dried off the kids who looked good. She is hubby's doe and I encouraged him to get up and check on them. He didn't til 4:30. Came in the house and said "shouldn't they be standing by now?" I shot up out of bed.

    Walked out to the barn and he said "well they sure are boisterous". We get out there and the doeling is flat as a pancake on the stall floor, buckling can hardly lift his head. We milk the mom (Thank goodness she was a saint). And bring them in. I get Nutra Drench in them and a "little" milk. I figure at this point they are frozen.

    So they are in a play pen in our kitchen with hot water bottles. The boy just stood an hour ago! and when I wake them up now they are screaming and eating a bit more. With sucking reflexes. Please jingle and pray for them. I told them we have to get through the tough days and then good days follow. We just struggled with finding room for our Christmas tree, and now there is a playpen in the kitchen.

    We just saved a barn kitten five weeks ago that was going to die. Mommy rejected them and her three siblings all died. I'm such a sucker and wouldn't change anything. Thank goodness for work from home day today! I'll try to get pictures of them later. They sure are cute! Pure Nubians, super duper long ears!
    Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
    Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
    & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt
    www.frostyoaks.com

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    Huh, and I think people who don't bring half frozen animals in the house are certifiable.

    You, your fine. I'd have done the same and so would just about everyone else on the BB here.

    Tell your mom you're protecting your investment. And then enjoy all the baby-cuteness.

    And where the heck are the photos???
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte

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    • #3
      Huh, and I think people who don't bring half frozen animals in the house are certifiable.
      I AGREE COMPLETELY!!!! It's people like you that make the world a MUCH better place. I would do the same in your shoes......

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      • #4
        I would do the same thing! I could not leave animals outside to freeze if I could help it. I couldn't live with myself. Pictures?
        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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        • #5
          If I shared some of the lengths I go, well, I don't. I learned a long time ago, most of the world does not understand why your horse needs warm water, or animals need to be in the house or will die, etc
          But, I will say, I find great comfort on these type of boards, because instead of being considered a nut, I find the company of other nuts just like me. Good for you..those babies will be the best when they grow up. thanks to your care.
          save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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          • #6
            Good for you for bringing them into the house. Hope they all prosper!
            Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.

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            • #7
              Sounds totally normal to me! I think folk who raise animals (livestock or otherwise) know that sometimes you have to do what is necessary to save your investment, so to speak.

              Ask folks who raise sheep...lots of bummer lambs begin life in the house.
              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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              • #8
                Oh, now I miss my goat. Hope they are doing well. How about some pictures?!
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                • #9
                  What a good goat mommy you are.
                  I raised a pair in the house once. Boy they can sure get vocal if you're more than 30 seconds late with their bottles!
                  Save lives! Adopt a pet from your local shelter.

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                  • #10
                    One of my does kidded this morning. Here is my kid warmer
                    http://picasaweb.google.com/carolp32...46031383383106
                    not today's single
                    I wasn't always a Smurf
                    Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

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                    • #11
                      You got to do what you got to do, right?

                      We still have teeth marks on the edge of the book case in the living room, where a dogied foal spent the first days of it's life one very cold early spring.

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                      • #12
                        Carolprudm-- your post should come with a warning of cuteness overload! That is adorable! Is that a long-haired Dachshund in there with those babies??

                        Oh...this thread makes me miss my goats, too. I wonder if Mr. CC would go for goats, since he won't let me get mini donks.
                        Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                          carolprudm, LOVE it! My dog has been helping me. He's a long haired whippet, then I have the kitten we rescued from the barn helping me too. *sigh*. The buckling is standing and doing wonderful! The doeling is sitting up now and both are nursing well. I think we will make it. I have talked to a lot of goat friends and am headed to get heating lamps tonight (we may have another doe kidding very soon, like today, ugh). So we are going to get prepared!

                          Mom is calling for babies, so I think about 2PM when it's the warmest, I may sneak them out and see if momma will accept them and then take them out various times during the day.
                          Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
                          Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
                          & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt
                          www.frostyoaks.com

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                          • #14
                            Hey you gotta do what you gotta do. When we had 2 young lambs they lived in a playpen in my trainers kitchen because it was too cold outside for them. Our cattleman found a newborn calf one year as mom died during birth, and all the other momma's had babies so wouldn't take him. He drove around with that calf in the backseat of his truck for a couple weeks, taking him home so sleep in the kitchen at night. And that was just a beef cow, so was really impressed the cattleman went to such lengths for him.

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                            • #15
                              Well, that beef calf might eventually be worth hundreds of dollars, so a wise cattleman is what I'd call him.

                              Good news on your baby goats, OP! Jingling quietly for their continued improvement.
                              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                              • #16
                                It's all about the animals...

                                We've got our priorities straight.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by aspenlucas View Post
                                  carolprudm, LOVE it! My dog has been helping me. He's a long haired whippet, then I have the kitten we rescued from the barn helping me too. *sigh*. The buckling is standing and doing wonderful! The doeling is sitting up now and both are nursing well. I think we will make it. I have talked to a lot of goat friends and am headed to get heating lamps tonight (we may have another doe kidding very soon, like today, ugh). So we are going to get prepared!

                                  Mom is calling for babies, so I think about 2PM when it's the warmest, I may sneak them out and see if momma will accept them and then take them out various times during the day.
                                  That seems like a lot of work. Why not just take the dam (?) doe (?) MOTHER into the house????????? I'm getting pretty desperate for goaties and yes, they would most deff be in my house-newborn and freezing or NOT!

                                  WHERE are your photos??
                                  Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                                  • #18
                                    What's wrong with you?!
                                    YOu write this and don't post pics?!

                                    If I had goats, they might be in the house too, regardless of the weather.
                                    "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                                    • #19
                                      I went to a Christmas party the other night where there were two baby goaties in the guest bathroom tub... seemed perfectly sensible to me - it's been frigid here!!

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                                      • #20
                                        Hey I know a cother who lived in her house with lots of baby goats and her husband in Virginia. (no not me!)

                                        And I think she was bottle feeding them too.

                                        Of course she's divorced now and living in Florida. Goatless too.

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