Monday I took time to get some things done. Including getting some goat milk from a local dairy. I knew that with 5 babies it was likley that at laest one and maybe all of them would need a little extra milk. I was also able to pick up some wonderful goat milk lip balm and loation. I also made a trip to the farm store for nipples that fit on a Coke bottle, so that I had all I needed just in case.
The real exictment didin't start until about 8 on Monday. I went out to check on eveyone and make sure that everything was closed up for the night. When I went into the goat shed I noticed that baby Murphy was just laying there. I watched for a second before I picked him up. When I picked him up he was chilled and barley moving, so I wrapepd him in my coat and we went inside. It didn't take us long to determine the problem, lack of food. He just was not strong enough to fight for his meal and needed food fast. It's a good thing that I had picked up the milk that afernoon and talked with the lady that owns the dairy. Talking to her I learn what I needed to do, how warm the milk needed to be and the little things, that if I wouldv'e had to look up at the point it would have been to late for Murphy. That's how close we were to lossing him that I didn't have any time to reaserach anything.
So we got his milk warmed up and tried a bottle, but the poor baby had no suck reflex. So we had to find a delivery method that didn't require him to help at all, we found eye droppers. We quickly got a few droopers of milk into him and could see his little tummies working. We spend the next hour or so giving him a dropper or two at a time. We also found some nutra drench, a vitiman supplement for goats and he got a few drops of that as well.
That night I slept on the floor with Murphy. Well slept is a bit of an overstatment, I mostly just dozzed a bit between checking on him. By Tuesday morning he was able to stand again, so we pulled out the playpen and towles and put him in there. Both Brandy and Duke were very attentive to him and his movment or lack there of and let us know. After a nap on the couch Isabelle and I loaded into the car to go get more milk for Murphy. We headed down to Goshen to a friends house. Our friend also raises goats and said that she had extra milk that we could have for Murphy. It was good to drive to Goshen. I always take Redwood Road down the west side out Utah Lake to get there. It was time that I needed to settle down and refoucs on everything. It was a very well spent few hours and I got 3 gallons of milk.
Once I got home I made the decision that Murphy needed a goat with him in the house. So I went out the goats and picked out Judy the biggest goat.I picked her so that the others could get more milk. As soon as Judy was placed in the pen Murphy was up and wanting to play with her. It was at this point that we knew he would make it.
Wednesday was nice so we decicded that the best thing for Murphy and Juday was to be outside in the goats yard, I mean they are goats. So now I take Murphy a bottle before I go to work, as soon as I get home, and one before I go to bed. Isabelle feeds him druing the day and he is a happy bouncy baby goat. Who will get to stay with us as a weather.
Now while dealing with Murphy we are also in full prep mode for the ISDGA Goat show in Bosie over Memorial day. It has been decided that Dad, Isabelle and I will be going. We are only taking two goats with us, because I just don'r have a good way to transport more. So I am taking my two boys, Beau-Tye and Apollo. The show is now two weeks away and I still have a lot of stuff to get done. Have to pick up the horse trailer, make hotel reservations, fill out show forms, work with the boys, shave the boys. And on and on the list goes. I will some how find a way to get it all done. I will be sure to post about the weekend so you all can enjoy it as well.
We also had a close encounter with life flight last week. Here is the email that mom sent about what happened. Because she can say it better than I can.
Hi, just wanted to let you know that we just had all the excitement we need for the week or two. Someone got hurt/sick over at the school, first fire and ambulance then life-flight They circled 3 times over the back yard, then landed at the school. Oreo was as close as he could get to the school yard, when it came into land. Scared the pee out of him.
Horses, and goats went somewhat nuts. Kidding yard went into the shed, almost did in Isabelle who was sitting in front of the door, James went out and sat with the boys, I sat with everyone in Capone's yard. Beau was fine as long as the horses where up by him at the gate. Gary was out with them.
So that is what has happend in the last two weeks. :)