Gidgets Quads

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I had to leave the house yesterday for a bit so of course Gidget decided to pick that time to have her babies.

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Ilsa was the only girl of the bunch, she is also the most active. By the time I got home the first baby had been born and Ilsa was wedged in the birth canal with one of her brothers – and they were both breach! My mom was thankfully there to help as we eased Ilsa and her brothers birth sacks back in so we could reposition them for birthing.

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I’m rotating bringing everyone inside to warm them up. Little Jack spends the nights inside but I take him out to nurse, a bottle baby isn’t in the long term plans quite yet.

Jack was the first born and he is tiny, weighing in at only 1.5 pounds. Gidget cleaned him off nicely but with such a low birthing weight he couldn’t retain any body heat. I had to bring him inside to sit by the wood stove to warm him up.

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Look how small he is!

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Of course the last baby decided to try and come out hind feet first, this whole process was ridiculous. I didn’t even realize that he was coming at first because I was trying to keep the second brother breathing – he decided to stop just to pick the excitement level up a notch. Gidget got my attention so I was able to reposition the last baby and get him out safely.

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Global warming has been kind to us this year as we still have just under 2 feet of snow on the ground and night temps dropping down into the single digits. I broke down and set up the heat lamp (I’m very worried about barn fires) but the kids were still shivering. That meant I had to break out the mini sweaters.

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I think they look cute.

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Ilsa is the only girl and she is the largest of all Gidgets kids. She weighed in at 2.5 pounds, not bad for the third born. They all seem to have over sized heads!

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We lay down mats for the kids while they are in the house. They serve the double purpose of catching the poo while providing a dancing surface for DWTS reenactments!

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22 comments on “Gidgets Quads

  1. Carolyn says:

    Oh MY are they teeny-tiny!! I’ve had one kid born breech, didn’t even get to think about it though because it was the second kid and it practically SHOT out of the mother! Hope your bitty goats are doing well 🙂

    • Chai Chai says:

      Carolyn – I am amazed at how small they are. I think I was lucky this time, it helped that Gidget was an experienced mother. The kids are still hanging on but it would help if the weather would heat up a bit.

  2. Ian holland says:

    It seems that almost every blog that i follow seems to have trouble with natural kid birth. Is this normal? Or am I imagining it? Are sheep and goats getting so inbred that they can’t deliver naturally? This is from a non sheep and goat guy. :-}

    • Chai Chai says:

      Ian, I don’t want to jinx things but the sheep are machines – they almost always pop the babies out with no assistance required on my part. This is the first difficult birth I have had with the goats, I think poor Gidget was so “full” with four babies jammed inside her that the kids were just jumbled up instead of aligning for birth. Gidget delivered twins with no problem last year.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love their sweaters. 4 at a time can really get things jumbled up in there when they are all trying to rush out at once. Good Luck.

    • Chai Chai says:

      Someone Apr 3, 10:22 pm

      Love their sweaters. 4 at a time can really get things jumbled up in there when they are all trying to rush out at once. Good Luck.
      (not sure what happened to this comment but I’m reposting it here)

  4. ohiofarmgirl says:

    that little Ilsa is a DREAM! i love the little splashes on her feet. but get those goats out of the house! no tv watchers!!!! *thud*

  5. ohiofarmgirl says:

    In an elaborate ceremony dictated by the Code of Officers, a contingent from The Good Land arrives at Boodah Farm. OFG, flanked by her most trusted guard and decked out in her finest regalia, steps smartly up to Chai Chai and salutes her.

    In a voice loud enough for all to hear OFG greets Chai Chai, “Good Sister of the Very North. I am here to pay tribute to your fine Gidget and admit defeat. You sir, have the better goat.” With great flourish OFG presents a crisp $1 bill and continues, “I believe this should satisfy our wager. The scoundrel, Nibbles, only produced three babies and did not meet or exceed Gidget’s four. For this failure Nibbles will be justly flogged, stripped of any and all tiles, and spend the next 5 days in the stocks.”

    OFG bows low to Chai Chai, swiftly turns and leads her party back to The Good Land. Chai Chai goes back into the house and continues to watch TV with her goats.

    • Chai Chai says:

      Sheryl, “Wow, that OFG really put on a good show! I was really impressed with how regal her dog entourage looked and presented themselves.”
      Commander, “…and that Nicholas is a big’in. He had a mischievous look in his eyes.”
      Sheryl, “I should have told OFG that Nibbles is actually ahead on points having had 5 last year and 3 yesterday, that beats Gidgets 2 from last year and this years 4”.
      Commander, “Let’s mail her back the $1, its too hot in Ohio for us to trudge down there. Hey, I can’t find the case of tuna fish that was in the garage! Where are those three sack of chicken feed…..”

      • ohiofarmgirl says:

        later that day on the trail home Nicholas, arrayed like a poobah and being carried in a covered litter by a host of ducks, leans back flips open his claws and opens his 6th can of tuna….he chuckles quietly to himself… “mooouuhhhaaaa haaaaa haaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaa!”

  6. Teresa says:

    Oh, I hope we never have quads. Good thing you got back in time to help!

  7. Anonymous says:

    They are SOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!!!!!!! 🙂

  8. Claire Moxon says:

    Truly they are adorable, even if they are a handful. Gidget has a lot of work to do to make milk for that crew! Hoping for the best for all of them!

    • Chai Chai says:

      Claire – Gidget is already running low and getting run down. I have one in the house full time and one joined him today as a part timer. Good thing I had some milk from last year in the freezer!

  9. Donna says:

    OH MY! How absolutely adorable. You really have your hands full!

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