Saturday, June 04, 2011

It's a doeling!

Twenty minutes old.
Natalie gave birth to a beautiful baby girl today.

The labor was fast and agonizing in the agonizing way of all labors in my limited experience. Finally, I gave a gentle tug on the tiny hooves that were emerging from Natalie's body, as I have seen done in YouTube goat birth videos, and to my complete wonderment and shock, about one second later there was a slippery, squirming miniature goat in my hands. I'd read that you needed to wipe the baby down with towels and clear its throat and nostrils, but Natalie was instantly all over that kid, licking and nuzzling and possessive. All that was "needed" from Owen and me was to dip the newborn's navel in iodine and step away.

Isabel and her friend Juliet were up in Isabel's room. As Juliet said, "The goat was screaming, but Owen was screaming louder."

That's it for our summer 2011 kidding season. Short and sweet. Peppermint never caught.

Not that this would make Peppermint feel any better -- probably, it would gross her out -- but the new baby is her very own half-sister.


  1. WOW! I want more pictures!

  2. whew! glad she is here safely! You Tube goat birthing videos? who would have thought. expecting more pictures soon :)

  3. Georgia Jewel6/5/11, 11:38 AM


  4. How exciting! I love the "Owen was screaming louder" part. That made me laugh.

  5. WOW! that is an amazing story.

  6. Fantastic! I can't wait to hear her name.

  7. Oh, hurray! She is a beauty.