The above photo shows the tent like hump goats get on their backside when they go into labor. Diva would get a small one several times the last few weeks but this was how hers looked Sunday night.
This is Sammi coming to check on Diva and if you look close you can see Nitro in the background sleeping. This was early Monday morning.
The above photo is right before lunch Monday. Diva is pushing out with her hind legs. When she started pushing with front and hind into my legs and stomach I knew we were close!
This is the start of the "bubble" pushing out. The string of goo hanging is on the outside of the bubble. The bubble is actually the sack of fluid the kid is in but needs to burst before the kid comes out. And yes there is a little poop. I am surprised as hard as she was pushing there wasn't alot more.
One hoof out and me finding the other.
Here comes Brown Robyn!
Diva checking out her baby. The green stuff on his lips is electrolyte paste. Its a energy boost I gave them till they got to nurse.
Here comes Frosty Dan!
Here are the boys getting cleaned up by mom while I clean her up. I also inserted Diva with a antibiotic so she wouldn't get a infection from my hand even though I had scrubbed really well. I just wanted to make sure she will be okay.
And just a few minutes after birth Frosty Dan is down on his knees with his butt in the air nursing. Brown Robyn said he was too tired to stay on his knees and just laid down.
I have never had any experience with goats kidding. I assumed it would be like the dairy cows we had. You walk out one morning and there is a calf. Sometimes but rarely we had to help a cow deliver. I sure got my experience the hard way! I am sure there are things I should have done but didn't and things I did I shouldn't. The most important thing is Diva and I worked well together and did the best we could to make her deliver as easy as possible. To make sure she and the boys were healthy with as little stress as possible. I am so very very thankful for Molly and her husband at Fias Farm Site! http://fiascofarm.com/goats/index.htm They not only give you step by step information. They have photos to show you each step of labor and delivery. Without them I would have been a basket case and not known what to do. I am so happy its over and Diva and sons are fine but I am so also so blessed things went fairly well yesterday. I can no longer say: I don't know nothing about birthing no kids!