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Well, it’s crazy at my house. I’m sure y’all are also. Tipsy kidded Saturday night. Of course in true Tipsy fashion, she didn’t want anything to do with her babies, a buckling and a doeling. So, we now have a goat condo in our kitchen. All the babies seem to be doing well. The first 2 are 2 weeks old now. We are waiting for Dolly to kid. Remember, 2 weeks ago, I couldn’t imagine parting with any of these babies. Now, I’m waiting impatiently for Dolly to kid so I can choose my pick and let all these bottle babies head to their new homes. My how things change.
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I got the final necropsy report back. It said that our little doeling, Marshmellow, died from sepsis caused by meconium. Her mineral levels were normal but the selenium is in the low end of normal. Anyone have experience with this happening?
 

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Sepsis caused by meconium? Like she didn't poop and was constipated? I'm trying to understand. Or did she poop in utero and somehow swallowed some?
 

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Sepsis caused by meconium? Like she didn't poop and was constipated? I'm trying to understand. Or did she poop in utero and somehow swallowed some?
She pooped in utero. She was septic and had pneumonia due to the meconium aspiration. She sounded a little snuffy from day 1 but I attributed it to everything being inflamed from delivery just like in human babies. She never sounded bad except the day she died.
 

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Dolly kidded this morning about 8:30am. I kept thinking she was going to go last night and kept waking up every 2 hours checking the camera. I came down to feed the other kids and she had a bubble hanging. Buckling 1 was born shortly thereafter followed very quickly by his brother. No doelings this time. Dolly is our skittish doe. She’s not panicked when I’ve been in there but is apprehensive. I will see how she does the next few days. My hope is that babies will calm her down. She’s so pretty that we want to keep her but not if we can’t handle her. So far, she’s an attentive mom. Buckling 1 weighs 4lbs 8oz and buckling 2 weighs 4lbs 4.3oz.
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Congrats on the beautiful twins. Nothing heals the hurt of loss like the birth of new babies.

I've had ewes that were bounce off the walls scared and wild, that learned the giver of food is a good thing, especially when in late pregnancy and when nursing babies. Remarkable how motherhood changes their perspective.
 

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Congrats on the beautiful twins. Nothing heals the hurt of loss like the birth of new babies.

I've had ewes that were bounce off the walls scared and wild, that learned the giver of food is a good thing, especially when in late pregnancy and when nursing babies. Remarkable how motherhood changes their perspective.
I wish that it would have worked. Everyday I practice my rodeo skills trying to leash her to put on the milk stand. My 2 other does are all about the milk stand because it’s the only place they are given crack. Not Dolly, half the time when she’s up there she doesn’t even eat. I need to try and figure out if there is something she can’t say no to. We’ve decided to sell her and Tipsy, never a good mom. I just want to get Dolly a little better because I really want to sell her. We are down to 2 kids one that we are keeping and one that i’d love to sell. We have had many long discussions and have decided to sell all but 2 of our goats. We are keeping Dixie she has a great personality, is a great mom and a good milker and her daughter. We want to sell the rest. It’s been a very trying month and we want to downsize for the moment. We may add more goats later or decide it’s not for us. But we have loved having them for about 90% of the time, lol. Dolly is the brown doe on the milk stand.
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my hubby calls that the goat plank challenge.
 

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Congratulations on making a decision that will make everyone happy ,.... I know how hard it is to do that as I have just done the same thing recently....life is simpler, chores are a pleasure and my feed bill is a piece of cake..... :love
Thanks, now to find them all homes.
Congratulations on making a decision that will make everyone happy ,.... I know how hard it is to do that as I have just done the same thing recently....life is simpler, chores are a pleasure and my feed bill is a piece of cake..... :love
Thanks. It has been a difficult decision. I thought we found someone who wanted the does and adult bucks. I’m not hearing back from them. I know they have lots going on. If I don’t hear something soon, I will start posting them. Glad things are going smoother for you.
 
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