Are You New to Kidding?


Carrie MillerHave you experienced a kidding yet? This past weekend my husband, Scott, and I finally had our first kidding on the farm. With tensions high and the fear of the unknown we were beyond stressed. Little Miss Gizmo added to the stress by going five days past due!

We debated Friday on whether or not to call our farm vet out to check on her but decided we would wait till Saturday. Allotting her a bit more time to do it on her own. When Saturday morning rolled around I eagerly went out to check on her at 6 a.m. Instantly realizing something was different, she acted a bit off.

She was hiding her face in the corner like a scolded child. Shortly thereafter she began to paw at her bedding, building what can only be described as a nest. We allowed her out that morning to graze upon the pasture as she wished, absorbing the sun and munching on the grass, she seemed content. We checked on her often throughout the day, labor was progressing slowly.

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Gizmo and baby two days after birth.

As evening came we decided to head in eat a bit of dinner, shower, and clean up the house. While cleaning house I had made a pile of things that needed to head back to the barn. So, I grabbed the items and headed out.

As soon as I walked in the barn I realized it was time. Luckily, my husband was only moments behind me. I said, "Babe I think she's pushing."

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