I’ll tell ya, it’s bad when the first thing you think when you get out of bed in the morning is, “Man, I have got to get some sleep.”….
The last couple of nights were spent listening for signals of impending kidding and last night was spent wakefully listening to Little Miss Moto paw around her stall all night long. I’m sure she must be as tired as I am today, emotional, as well as physically.
I knew she’d kid today, she showed all the signs and after pawing like that all night, she just had to have her babies because I have got to get some sleep
Thankfully, I was shown to be correct at 1:30 this afternoon when she gave birth to her first little boy, Hanz. We assisted the kidding by helping to pull the kid. Hanz was small (5 pounds) but very attractive and healthy.
When you only 15 minutes old, standing isn’t quite as easy as it looks.
We knew there had to be another kid. Larry “bounced” Miss Moto and felt another kid, and after the first boy was well cleaned off and almost dry, time came to deliver another big boy, Franz (7.5 pounds). Franz is a real brute and also very attractive.
We were cleaning and drying them off, and considering the size of the Franz I didn’t really think there might be a third kid. Three are rare for our herd (except with Goldie who almost always had three). Miss Moto started to push and Larry said he saw another bubble. I still didn’t think she had another kid, as it looked to me to be the afterbirth bubble, and a doe will have contractions to expel the afterbirth.
Well, this time I was proved wrong when Larry said, he really didn’t think it was an afterbirth and then out popped Chihuahua, a 4 pound little girl. She was completely in her sack and Larry held her as I scrambled to pull the sack off her so we could clear her mouth and get her breathing.
Chihuahua & Hanz
Chihuahua with a little weak and we cleaned her and rubbed her and when she tried to get up, I helped her nurse. She had a great long suck and soon was up and standing on her own.
We made sure everyone got some good nursing in, we weighed them, dipped their umbilical cords, and I took a few photos. It’s a very colorful and happy little family
How to get a big family really fast: have three babies.
Hanz: 5 pounds
Franz: 7.5 pounds
Chihuahua: 4 pound
Their father is Kandinsky