After I finished the milking yesterday morning I noticed that Viennetta's udder was significantly larger than the day before and she was off by herself and even the offer of an animal cracker wasn't tempting to her. And she never turns down a "cookie".
It was a very smoky, sultry day due several wildfires near us, so rather than letting her kid outside we moved her into the kidding room and ran the air conditioner unit that has filtration so both she and I could breath easier. I spent the day in the barn with her and by late afternoon it was starting to be apparent that she probably had a kid out of position. Sure enough when she finally started trying to push in earnest, the first kid presented with a single ear. At first I thought it was a tail and while breech births can be risky they are not all that uncommon and it isn't hard to help a doe out. But no, this was an ear and the little buckling had his head turned sideways. The second I got him out, his bigger SISTER was coming right on his heels. She came out hungry and was immediately trying to get to her feet and nurse.
Viennetta is a first time mom, and while she talked to them and cleaned them up she wasn't too sure about letting them nurse. She is doing better this morning and the babies had full tummies when we took them out for a quick round of pictures.
Ember will be retained in our herd and her brother will be available as a wether.
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