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How the Goat Got into the Bathtub

Sunday, February 01, 2015

I realize that some of you don't know me very well, but for my friends who struggle with clutter in their homes, this was not a stash-and-dash. On Saturday we went out to the barn to feed our week-old kids their midday ration and spotted a baby goat, still wet and shivering in the corner, terrified. We scooped her up, dried her off and tried to get her mother to help clean her up. But apparently Mom wanted nothing to do with her, feeling that squeezing a whole small goat out of her lady-parts was contribution enough, and the follow-through was our job.

Fortunately we had some frozen colostrum left over from last week's kidding, so we were able to feed the little one and get her into the house, wrapped in a clean, dry towel to keep her warm. But what do you do with a seven pound goat to keep her safe? The bathroom is the most consistently warm room in the house, so she wound up in a plastic bin lined with hay, sitting inside the tub, safe from dogs, cats and things that go bump in the night.

We tried reintroducing her to Mom this afternoon, but it's still a no-go. Mom also has an underdeveloped udder, so she may not even be able to feed if she were willing to. But without a warm Mom to snuggle with, the baby needs to be kept inside for at least the first week.

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  • LEANJEAN6
    so happy yu hugged yer VET--Lynda
    1599 days ago
  • CHERYLHURT
    Funny and informative!
    1604 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    Hello again very interesting person!--so nice to hear from yu again. How is the baby goat doing?---Our Beau is not bleeding but feels very sorry for himself with his bandaged foot. I think he sliced his foot pad----Hugs to yu and the baby goat-Lynda
    1604 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    How many dogs do yu have??--Did you say 6?????--Lord Love A Duck!!!!--LOL--- Anyway, I love your Spark name--and--thank-yu for the crown---Lynda
    1605 days ago
  • LIVE_AMAZINGLY
    I spent many a night feeding up to 13 orphan lambs at a time, every 2 hours, for several weeks or more. What a job! And all of them in a bedroom of the house till they got big enough to go outside. What a mess!!! Thankfully, I never lost even one.
    1694 days ago
  • KIMMARIE11
    My husband and I are thinking about leaving the city for the.country life. I will be reading through your blogs for some insight on what to expect. Exciting changes are afoot.
    1723 days ago
  • SPARKASAURUS
    " feeling that squeezing a whole small goat out of her lady-parts was contribution enough" emoticon

    and I'm the one with the twisted sense of humor!

    Just ....wait for it....kidding. (get it, kidding?! Ha!)

    Thanks for your support while I was gone. Missed your goat blogs emoticon
    1876 days ago
  • APPLEPIEAPPLE
    Poor baby! I hope the mommy accepts her soon. Could you milk the mom and feed the baby goat her milk?
    1881 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    I hope you're going to post a picture or two of the baby goat in the bathtub -- though incongruous sounding, what a genius solution!
    1882 days ago
  • PIXIE-LICIOUS
    I hope the baby goats mom will accept her soon!
    1882 days ago
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