Country Living & Penny Pinching

Getting back to "Little House on the Prairie" living

Caring for a Preemie Goat

P.O.F. What does it stand for????? Prison of Farming!!!!!!!!!

That is kind of, sort of, maybe, exactly how I felt this last week and a half. With having Bucky born two weeks early he is as slow as they get for goats. Normal kids (goat babies) start standing within hours of delivery, and can nurse off of their mom. This little dude couldn’t put any weight on his back feet for a solid 24 hours. We were holding him up to his mom to try to nurse and his mouth just wasn’t strong enough. So now we were bottle feeding him. Since the goal is to have Dam raised babies, before every bottle feeding I was trying to get him to nurse and then I’d finish him off with a bottle.

Mama kept knocking him down

Mama kept knocking him down

By day two he was standing all on his own and trying to take steps. But he was not fast enough to keep up with mom so here I was chasing the mom with her baby trying to give him a chance to latch on. Yes I could have tied her up but every time I tied her up the cats got curious and would come to see her and the baby. Which meant one mad head butting mama and that is not an ideal situation for nursing either. So chasing her around was what I did.

this was followed by me getting a whole body shock because I reached down to push him off the fence

this was followed by me getting a whole body shock because I reached down to push him off the fence

Day three he could walk!!!! But he was still not very smart. Instead of running away from the electric fence he would run into the fence and that made me even more of a prison to the farm. Any time I heard him squeak we would have to run outside to make sure he was OK. If we had to leave the property I had to lock him in a kennel to make sure that he wouldn’t get electrocuted to death. Which means he couldn’t eat and I had only a couple of hours before needing to come home.

so stinkin' cute

so stinkin’ cute

Day Four-seven he was trying to jump and scratch his ears πŸ™‚ Oh I was one proud mama!!! Everything was starting to get better. He was just too cute. Β He was also getting a better chance at nursing but getting the teat in his mouth was still a bit difficult.

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a Rubbermaid tote with a blanket draped over it and he calls it home

Day Eight he is running!!!!!! He is eating all by himself πŸ™‚ I am no longer such a prisoner of farming!!!! πŸ˜› Bucky is also getting better and respects the electric netting now, no more worrying every time I hear him touch it. He will go back to his little cave when he is tired and his mama and the other almost mama will lay next to him and they all cuddle.

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storing, filtering and warming the milk

Since this was not a normal delivery for Incantation her body did not get a chance to produce the milk supply we were hoping for. In order to try to increase her supply I am milking her every three to four hours. So far I do not feel like her supply has increased at all πŸ™ Only time will tell and hopefully Bucky and I can get her to start producing way more milk.

Little wanted so badly to be with Bucky haha kept giving kisses and hugs

Little wanted so badly to be with Bucky haha kept giving kisses and hugs

Now I chose this life, I really did. I knew that this bottle feeding was not going to last forever (well at least I hoped haha) Honestly I am becoming such a home body up here on the mountain that I really didn’t mind not going anywhere. Also I now know that if I ever want people to come visit me, I just need to get baby goats! I had so many visitors within the first three days of his life that I felt like I was hosting an open house. Unfortunately my house wasn’t clean and I constantly smelled like milk and goat and I didn’t have any good appetizers haha but it was all fun. It’s like having a human baby πŸ˜›

The next babies are due at the end of February so mid February I will become another prisoner of farming until those babies get here and are up and healthy!

Ta-ta for now πŸ™‚ Have a great day and have you ever become a prisoner of something?

 

3 Comments

  1. OH MY GOODNESS!!! You ARE a prisoner!! The kid is just A-dorable. And that pic of your kid with the other kid is so precious!!! Well, I just might need to come and visit you….. maybe I will wait til the next kid is born – that way I can see both of them!!! You’re a trooper!!

  2. I just found your blog and enjoy your stories and writing style so much! No tv is our goal as well! I was raised without one but sometimes it’s just easier, then we go long periods when we forget it’s there! I’m looking forward to nice weather! About being a prisoner to something… I had twins and an 18month old and no car to fit that many car seats for 4 months. Newborn twins were hard. An 18 month old adjusting to twins was hard. No means of getting out was hard. It was hard! Now we’re paying off a van. And that’s hard too. I hate being a prisoner to debt πŸ˜‹

    • Ya the TV has this way of sucking people back into the easiness of being a baby sitter haha
      WOW twins, no car and a toddler!!!!!!! Big props to you πŸ˜€ I hope a grandma came to live with you πŸ˜› that’s what I tell the Hubby if I ever get pregnant with twins haha someone will come live with us until they are older.

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