Saturday, June 9, 2012

Deja Vu





Miss Scarlett has gotten rather wide.
Animals have their own way of communicating. Often, they speak with their posture, tails, or facial expressions.
This face says “Does this collar make me look fat?”

Last nite Scarlett’s ligaments were pretty much mush. I knew she was going to have her kids rather soon, so I put her in the goatshed with the camera on, and I stayed up and watched “GoatTV”. She spent a miserable restless night. I catnapped.
This morning, while we were feeding leppies, I heard a pitiful groaning that sounded familiar. I stepped around the corner and sure enough, Scarlett was delivering kid #1.


Bruno and I went in to see if she wanted company, help, or someone to choke.
She was just happy to see #1.
Bruno helped clean him up. It was interesting to see Bruno and Miss Scarlett interact on this offer. He entered and approached her cautiously. She looked at him and he stopped while she thought it over. As soon as she looked back at her kid and began to lick him off, Bruno recognized her acceptance and stepped up to assist.







Once he had been dried and massaged off by the two of them, he ordered breakfast in bed.






Scarlett started back into labor again while Bruno took a nap between contractions. It was not necessary to watch her flanks to see the contractions, I only had to watch her ears stick out. Please note her facial expressions. They are JUST like people!




Her efforts were not in vain. Kid #2 arrived without too much fanfare.





Bruno babysat kid #1 while mama cleaned up kid #2 herself. It's always nice to have someone keep the older ones entertained when you are busy with a newborn. I remember when my Cody was born. There was no one around to do that, but my Matt, who was 2 1/2 was a huge help to me. What great kids I have! 


Kid number 3 came soon after, in a fashion much like that of Glenda, the GoodWitch of the North, in his own little bubble. It's pretty neat. They show up all wrapped up and packaged, albeit a little slimey.



There is just something heavenly about giving birth. It is surely one of God's most winsome acts of creation.




So, the ranch triplets graduated High School this year, Prissy had her triplets the same day. Today Scarlett had triplets on ranchkid #5's  birthday. I told her it was Scarlett's gift to her, but she declined. My friend and neighbor, "D" made it over in time to see #3 born. After we had decided they would all manage without us, we went to the octopus tree to visit the rest. Prissy's little trio has grown a lot in the past 2 weeks and were having a good time. That is how it should be. 








23 comments:

  1. Nice post. Don't you just love animals? Animal friendship trumps human friendship any day! I just wish animals could talk...

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    1. I do agree! And they sort of do talk...but they are also very good listeners! :)

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  2. Ohhh Sweet !!!! Life IS GOOD. :) Everyone looks to be doing fine. Just loving all those babies. Especially love the older triplets kicking up their heals. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs....

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  3. Well, if two's company, three must be a party! I'm sure that's what the expression on Scarletts face is saying.

    So, didja get bucks or does out of this batch? I looked this time, but couldn't tail.

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    1. "I looked this time, but couldn't tail." Hahaha! Is that your accent or a freudian slip? They are all bucks in this batch. So we have 5 buck and 1 doe for the goat season, which is fine as they will all be sold anyway, but it was GOOD to have 4 ewes and 1 ram lamb this year. I needed ewes! And I have my order in with EmmaLou for a heifer calf this year...problem free delivery, no drama.

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  4. Oh, I wish I had been there to see this. How wonderful! That photo of Miss Scarlett with her new babies is beautiful. She looks so proud and relieved.
    All seems right on the range...

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    1. Yes, it is a good day on the range...everyday really. Even when its not... :)

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  5. wow three of a kind but not the same suit...or is that what u call it. (treys) dad went to pick-up x-boy and they are staying at david's. he said, stop calling me x-boy! i asked, why? he said, cos i'm the man. journey is still ailing we sent him to the hospital he's valuable and insured. vet thinks its nothing...i think if its nothing why is he sick. did i tell u we had an octupus tree. seems like all i do is argue with the high priests in the othr place so i may stop going there. kay i needed some place to mope...sorry. i love the litle goats. we got chicks...wild hatched and i mowed one huge alfalfa field. i should talk bout the blog, huh. d

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  6. Well...two are wearing matching suits..and they are all 3 wearing their birthday suits. I thought x-boy was a good name for someone who is more man than boy now...well...at least getting closer. Is Journey running any kind of temp? I know you said you think it might be gastric..did they do a fecal count on him? I imagine you have had all that handled already. I did NOT know you have an octopus tree. Thats GREAT! Now everytime I go to the 'critter clubhouse' I will be able to feel more connected to you guys. I go by to look each night to see if you are there, but alas, I get done too late and everyone is gone. I know you are all tired, because I am tired! Wish there was a place more conducive to conversation. You are welcome to mope all you like. Boy I could sure use some of your alfalfa. Mister is coming on the 20th and has never had anything but hay. Hope he can make the adjustment here!
    God bless you guys! -p-

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  7. Wow, triplets again! Is that common? Prissy's bag sure is big. I kinda feel for her. My kids are in their 20's, but I still remember those days. Sounds like things are hopping on your ranch. Enjoy your days!
    ~~Lori

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    1. Triplets and quads are not uncommon for Nubians. singlets are pretty rare tho, I believe

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  8. What a great blog you have! :) Glad all the goat kids and moms are doing well and the picture of the doe letting the calf nurse in your previous post was just too, too funny!! I also liked the picture of your little Alpine up in the tree!

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    1. Thanks Candy. Glad you stopped by!

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  9. Wow, new life is something to be amazed by. And then within hours, the new kid troupe is gamboling about like, well kids. Congratulations, they are all lookers!

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    1. Isn't it something? So neat to be a part of!

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  10. What beautiful kids! And how you have the presence of mind to take such great pictures (let alone remembering to bring your camera!) is beyond me. But I'm awful glad - I love to enjoy your life vicariously.

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  11. The worst part is all the goobery stuff I get on my poor camera! Bruno is kind enough to let me wipe my hands off on him LOL

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  12. Congratulations! What a wonderful spring you have had in the goat birthing department. They are all beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing! Staci, Stubborn Hill Farm

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    1. It was nice they had no problems, especially since my sheep didn't have it quite so easy this year!

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  13. My brother sounds really scared and sad, huh. It's better! Those little plastic coverings everyone leaves around somehow got inhaled inside. He went to bed early. I'm back. Your triplets are double cute. Everything is alive and well like God intended. I did Dan-el's graduation song at the camp talent show. I was either too young to get it then or too dumb. It fits your blog. We receive much from creation and in the end there's only one Creator who gives us love. I used a borrowed guitar and started crying. There's no crying in karate, Petey. Mom says its a comment not a missive. What the heck is a missive? daboone alias x-kid

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    1. I hope he is feelin better! I'm sure that like all his songs, it was eloquently written. I applaud you for not being afraid of tears, because Jesus wept too. It's a manly thing, if you have a heart for God. As far as there being no crying in Karate...I am pretty sure if "I" got thwacked by one of those hits, I'd be crying loudly enough.
      You are funny. A missive is a long letter. I am not opposed to them! :)

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