Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kids In The Kitchen

Bear and I have come back from Emu Creek covered in baby goat dribble, milk and other less savoury bodily fluids.

Do we care ?

Well, I certainly don't,
and I'm pretty sure Bear is only going to start caring when he discovers that there is a B-A-T-H in his immediate future.

The theory was that I was going over to:
1. Meet the three little does born earlier in the week
2. Help PND and Brenda to feed those three, plus the eight from a few weeks ago, whilst simultaneously conducting a guided tour of the farm for a busload of kindergarteners.
3. Check in with Bear's little half sisters

#1 & #3 happened but due to the torrential downpour of the last 24 hours, #2 was put on hold until next week

probably just as well too says I

because [ 4 days overdue ] Ms India decided she wasn't waiting any longer.
Ten minutes before I arrived - inconsiderate animal - she produced a tiny wee girl followed, minutes later, by a whopping big boy - so I was met by Brenda and a box full of wet, mucky kids, which we proceeded to bottle feed their mum's colostrum while PND helped deliver another tiny little sister.
Here she is at about 3 minutes old

pause for collective awwwwwwwwwww

here's the boy about 2 hours old and already up on his feet, and able to climb out of his box

These are the little does from earlier in the week [ twins and a singleton ]

and just so I can't be accused of one sided caprine favouritism, Bear's little sisters who have grown exponentially
[ and yes I know that's to be expected in 2 weeks but I still get a kick out of it ]
Don't you just love Misty's harassed new mother expression ?

feel free to insert another awwwwwww here


Rose Red said...

too many awwwwwwwwwwwwww's for one post!!

crazyhaberdasher said...

Bubbly over with awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww's!

Sue said...

Oh the goats are so cute! I adore those little puppies too, so sweet.

catsmum said...

Sue, you will be pleased to know that one of today's wee girls will [ most likely ] be named Suzanne.
All does this year will have a 'nn' in their name, and Suzanne is the closest that they could manage to Susan.

Lindi said...

awwwwwwww.......... how about a Linndi? or even a Linni?

April said...

I can smell the puppy breath from here! And those goats, well I'm dying of cute overload. You are truly Queen Of The Internet today.

blessed speedy said...

awwwwwwwwww (and where is the cute button!)
just wondering do you have to bottle feed kids straight after birth? we dont with calves unless the mum is ill

catsmum said...

Hi Blessed
yes it's common practice with dairy [ but not necessarily meat / fibre ] goats ... kids, especially the bucks, don't have any concept of 'full' and will leave you with no milk. Also it gets them used to being handled. That pays dividends later with the milking - milking a goat is quite quite different to a cow. Also goats need hoof trimming regularly but you need to be able to catch and hold them without too much stress to either party. So early bonfing is essential there too.

catsmum said...

meant bonding of course

Anonymous said...

Squeeee!!!!Babies of my fav kind!! I also love little puppies they are soooo cute! They remind me of my dear little girl Scully...woolie

Sheepish Annie said...

I almost hyperventilated with all the Aww-ing! So cute...

Alwen said...

Awww, there's nothing like a kid discovering "I got legses!"

Margaret said...

Has Bear had his B-A-T-H yet and are there pictures?