Wow, what a day. We decided to put clean straw in the birthing stall today because we knew Molly was going to have her baby soon and we wanted to get ready. Well, we have some amazing timing.
Just hours after cleaning everything, we noticed Molly acting funny. Jeff locked her in the birthing stall with some fresh hay and water and we went in the house so he could get ready for work. I fixed his lunch as usual and we walked out to check on Molly before he left.
There, we saw a slight protrusion from her back end. She was having her baby! Jeff tried to get a vacation day so he could stay and help if needed, but the boss wouldn’t go for it. So he left and I was on my own with Molly.
When Ma had Flash, she did it in the middle of the night, so this was the first goat birth I had the opportunity to attend. I was worried, since this was Molly’s first, too. She didn’t want me to leave her so I kept petting her and talking softly. It was no time at all before she pushed out her new baby boy.
This little guy is a mini Alpine. He is half Alpine and half Nigerian Dwarf. He is really going to be a pretty boy, I think. I love him to pieces but I was really hoping for a girl. Oh, well. Maybe the next one. 🙂 Molly only had one baby, which was disappointing but not unusual. First fresheners, goats who give birth for the first time, often only have one. Next time, she may have twins or more. We shall see.