“A day in the country is worth a month in town”Christina Rossetti

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Busy With Babies and Bottles

Its been in the mid 70's for three days and the lawns and fields are greening up fast. The wild grandiflora roses are budding and the goats are snacking.  Onion grass is doing nothing for the goats' breath but they are loving it as it is growing fast.
I think if it doesn't snow or freeze soon, we will be mowing our lawn next week.
Zola and I have been butting heads - so to speak. 
She has not been willingly nursing both of her boys. At first we figured she was sore and tired from kidding twenty pounds of goat. Its been three days and my patience is wearing thin. The kids are running to me already as they know when I show up, somehow, they get fed.
This little guy will nurse on a syringe and a Pritchards teat, but hasn't figured out Mom yet. I have been milking Zola and now bottling it, but he is not getting enough. She is not what one would call cooperative. I have begun to add a little of the milk replacer that the orphans have been using.
Son Number Two has figured out the source of the milk, but it takes myself, or neighbor Allison, holding Zola's leg to prevent her kicking, for a successful feeding. Once on, he gets a good amount and he is thriving and bouncing around.

I am seriously thinking about seeing if there is someone out there who wants to bottle feed one of these boys if we don't get on the correct system very soon. I'm giving it another day or two though.


Lois Evensen said...

How very sweet, but I hope the feeding situation gets straightened out for both of the boys. I'm only getting in every week now to see what is new at your place. They sure do grow fast!

Sunday hugs,

Deere Driver said...

I thought we were over the hump this morning, but just came in from another fight with Zola. One of the boys got to eat, but the other I had to bring some milk replacer for. Its frustrating and tiring. Quite cranky right now - me and Zola!