Today Minyette was lying down a lot more than usual, she didn't even want to get up when I came up to the pen, and they usually all come running. After I got the stand out though and she heard the grain she got up and waddled out of the barn. I don't see how she last another minute let alone another three weeks and not pop!
I got everyone up on the stand today. I went over each one very carefully, and then bolused them with copper and vitamin e. I also trimmed the nether regions and tail area, brushed them, trimmed their hooves and gave them probios.
Everyone seemed good and happy and eating and drinking great!
And since I had someone ask why we are pulling the babies and not dam raising, here's why!
We're actually pulling the babies for three reasons.
1. I need them to be bottle babies so we can sell the males as fast as possible so we have more milk for our co-op.
2. In my experience the bottle baby goats have been soooooo much friendlier, and easier to work with, and all our doelings will become our next years milkers.
3. Dairy goats have to be friendly to be shown, and we plan on showing next year!