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Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 16:51
by goatlady
Last night we had the birth of our first ever goat triplets. It was a difficult delivery for all three (one presenting head forward but legs pushed backwards and the other two presenting legs forward but head turned to the side), requiring expertise far beyond my own limited skills. Without the kind help of a local farmer, who dropped everything and came rushing over, I'm certain all three would have died, and quite possibly the mother as well. Today they're all strong and healthy, and a good size. I can't believe they all managed to fit inside a single goat less than 24 hours ago!

Re: Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:33
by jillychick
I don't understand how she could stand never mind walk :shock: what a relieved mum she must be. Congratulations to all FIVE of you =D>

Re: Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:42
by MamaOwl
Oh wow my cute gland just exploded!!

Lovely Goaty Musketeers!

Re: Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:45
by goatlady
jillychick wrote:I don't understand how she could stand never mind walk :shock: what a relieved mum she must be.
Well, she was nearly as broad as she is long, and had slowed down a great deal. She went a couple of days over term, as well, which is unusual for triplets. I'm sure she's relieved, and so am I!

Re: Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 19:30
by Moriarty
oooh that is one sore mama goat today, I imagine. But how cute they are all. Have you given them names yet?

Re: Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 20:02
by goatlady
I tend not to name the babies, because I generally accept that I can't keep them, and I don't know which ones will end up at the abattoir. The little male certainly will, as these are cross-breeds, but the two girls may well have a future as milkers.

Re: Triplets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 20:44
by nigel
That's my goat-fix for today, beautiful kids.

Re: Triplets

Posted: 22 Mar 2014, 11:04
by brooksidepoultry
V cute - what breed? x

Re: Triplets

Posted: 22 Mar 2014, 11:30
by goatlady
They're Alpine-Pyrenean crosses, which is why the males are only valuable as meat. The photo in my previous post (about whether or not to castrate) is of pure Pyrenean goat kids.

Re: Triplets

Posted: 22 Mar 2014, 15:31
by MamaOwl
Are they pygmy ?

Re: Triplets

Posted: 22 Mar 2014, 15:44
by goatlady
No, they're full size. Pyreneans are bred for both milk and meat.

Re: Triplets

Posted: 23 Mar 2014, 13:17
by brooksidepoultry
On the upside Goatlady you've possibly got 1 pedigree Billy to sell on for breeding if he's good enough, 1 for eating & 2 to possibly keep on as milkers which works out quite nicely - are you due any more? & how many goats do you own in total? x

Re: Triplets

Posted: 23 Mar 2014, 13:50
by goatlady
I doubt whether I will keep any of them, although the little Pyrenean doe kid is very tempting! I only have four pens, and so it's impractical to keep even one. Also, there's a limit to how much milk we can use.

I have three adult females, one castrated adult male still with us by default (became too affectionate to be sent to the abattoir last year), twin Pyrenean babies and four cross-bred babies. I sold my billy in the autumn, and now they're all a lot easier to manage. No more to give birth this year, thank goodness. I don't think I could take the stress!

My new mother was doing all right until yesterday evening, but now she has no milk left at all, and the babies are constantly trying to get more. She's been a good milker in the past, but I guess she's exhausted from the pregnancy and birth, and she's just not making enough for three. I've started supplementing with milk from the other two mums, but there's not much of that to spare - and that was meant to be for us!

Re: Triplets

Posted: 23 Mar 2014, 14:40
by brooksidepoultry
Still are adult & maiden milkers in demand? & how many crossbred males did you end up with this year? x

Re: Triplets

Posted: 23 Mar 2014, 14:47
by goatlady
Only one cross-bred male - and, now I'm starting to supplement with a bottle, there's every chance he'll become tame and lovable! And I already have meat orders for the autumn! Oh dear...