If y’all are tired of reading about our woes on the farm this month, trust me, I’m tired of writing about them too. But a couple of days ago I mentioned Kelly’s stillborn kid, and now there is further news.
Yesterday morning Cherie realized that Kelly had another kid in her. When this happened with Missy, Cherie had to put on the latex gloves, reach in and pull out the dead baby (thereby saving Missy’s life). With Kelly, fortunately, the baby was partially delivered so Cherie just had to pull it the rest of the way out. An unpleasant task nevertheless, to say the least.
Kelly is recovering now and will hopefully be OK.
So of the 16 kids born this month, 7 were stillborn and 1 died a few days after being born. Marla had 3 stillborn babies, then died herself. All the other nannies, except for Kelly, have had healthy kids along with the stillborn ones.
And by the way, the 8 healthy babies are the happy, frolicing creatures we’re used to having on our farm.
So what accounts for all the bad births? I don’t know. The weather has been horrendous and unseasonably cold, but these babies haven’t died from exposure. All but one died in the womb.
Perhaps all the snow and bitter cold weakened the mothers. Probably we’ll never know why this happened.
We now have Juliette, the last remaining pregnant doe in this group, in a stall, where she is being pampered in the hope of a smooth kidding.
And Spring is on the way.
Here come better days.