It was such a nice spring day that despite thinking Mame’ might be in the early stages of labor I let her out to the pasture. It wasn’t long before she had the whole herd pacing with her. And if they didn’t stay with her she would holler at them. On the other hand if one of the youngsters got curious and got to close she would throw a fit about that too. Guess you just can’t please a woman in labor.
I was tagging along at a discrete distance with my lawn chair so I could keep an eye on her with the binoculars. She kept sneaking off from the herd going into the middle of the blackberry patch and laying down - which of course got my hopes up. And then 10 minutes later she would jump up and holler at all the other does for not being there for her Mame’ is not ordinarily a demanding girl, but labor brings out a whole different side to her personality!
About 4:20 pm she finally got down to actual contractions and after a few of them out in the open, she headed back to the blackberry patch. I tried to reason with her, but short of dragging her somewhere else that is where she wanted to kid. Which meant if I wanted to take pictures I was going to have to wade into the brambles myself. I got some great sequence of birth pictures and am going to try and make a time lapse movie from the.
First out was an all white, blue eyed buck kid. Second was a white/black buck kid that looks a lot like her. The third kid to make their appearance was a gold/white doeling who weighs just over 1 lbs. She was covered in yellowish slime and I was sure she was dead. But the minute her nose was cleared she started screaming.
She is a spunky little thing and was the second to nurse and the first to figure out how to do it on her own. She has already nursed more than her two brothers and I am really hoping she will make it despite her very small size!
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