Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sherri was due Sunday, and she's still pregnant. This afternoon, I thought she might have been in labor because she was making a lot of noise, even mumbling when she was eating her grain and moaning as she ate her hay. But her tail ligaments are still there, and she isn't "hollow" yet, meaning that she still looks like a table top. She is flat across her spine and belly. Although I never understood that whole "baby dropping" thing with humans, it definitely happens with goats when they're close to giving birth. When the babies drop, there is a hollow area next to the spine on both sides of the goat's belly.
At least this year we have a nice warm room where we can wait for kids, which is important today because a blizzard is predicted tonight. Last month, we put together kidding pens in the smaller barn. That's where our pump room is located, and when we bought the place, there was a room called "the office" by the previous owner. We have continued calling it the office even though we've never used it as one. Most recently Mike was staining wood in there for the library bookcases, which he finished. (I need to take pictures and get that post online!)
There is a toilet, sink, heater, refrigerator, television, phone, and now a futon. It is also where Sam and Bogie, the two new barn kitten live. They love all the attention they're getting now. Unfortunately, I can't get a signal for my cell phone, so I can't send text messages, which also means I can't send tweets. Otherwise, it's a nice little place to escape, and it's 100% better than sitting under a heat lamp in the barn, especially when it's supposed to get down to zero in the next few days.
People often ask why we need to be there when kids are born, and usually the only thing we do is dry off the kids. That's especially important in this weather. A kid can get hypothermia and die within minutes. Unfortunately, it's happened. And I know other people who have had kids lose their ears to frostbite. Moms do lick their babies when they're born, but if they have three or four kids, they usually can't lick fast enough.