I hope I have not used this title previously because it is so fitting for my next post. While I have been very faithful with updates and pictures on our Facebook page, I have been rather lazy when it comes to the blog. You can visit us on FB at
Now back to my post :) As you all know, Imagine AI to Wingwood Farms Finding Atlantis was a HUGE event for our herd and the litter was anxiously anticipated and doe closely monitored. She lost her ligaments right around her due date and spent most of the day in early labor stages, walking around and eating, yet increasingly more and more dilated.
On a trip to the barn for another check, Nadja thought she heard a baby noise. It was rather dark in the kidding stall and barn, yet, noise was very obviously coming from the barn area. Great .... one of the kids wondered all the way from the kid pens to the main doe barn ! So we scramble for a flashlight only to find Arial's preemie baby on the ground in the corner - cleaned up and dry ! Doeling to boot, I quickly scooped her up and rushed her to the house to warm her up by the fireplace.
In my defense, Arial went into labor almost 3 weeks early so this was VERY unexpected, especially from a doe that usually drags her labor and requires assistance. Came back into the barn, checked Arial for more kids - second was an undeveloped DOA buckling (backwards), followed by a healthy yet preemie sized doeling. She passed two placentas, one normal that supported the live doelings, the other was not fresh and must have disattached cutting off support for the buckling. Placenta previa is the term used in human pregnancies, placenta separated from the uterine wall prior to labor and endangering the survival of the attached baby.
Little girls were tiny yet fully formed and had suckling reflexes, which was a big help. One black roan and the other silver roan with black markings. They nestled themselves in the bin in front of our fire place right next to the (in comparison extremely large) Harvest bucks.
So now we have about 10pm and we are all tired, yet the main show had not even started. It is cold and dark outside at this point, so I make a spur of the moment decision to put Imagine in the milk room and let her deliver there. Close to midnite came very large buck kid that was beautifully painted, red and white markings with some black trim, just beautiful. We were expecting to keep a junior sire from this breeding so we were very happy that Imagine blessed us with a buck. Normally this is the last thing I cross my fingers to happen, but this time was different :) Second kid equally huge eased himself into the world and - behold - another buck and to our surprise spotted !! Not one, but two boys to choose from, oh, decisions, decisions !
All of us dead tired, we gave babies their colostrum and BoSe, bedded Imagine in the kidding stall with Arial .... so much commotion in one day with two baby girls and two baby boys added to our herd. We are blessed :) I wish I had a photo for size comparison of Imagine's boys versus Arial's girls. Giants versus tiny tots :)
I will follow up this write up with photos of each set for you all to enjoy. Now it's bed time again. Nite, all !