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When it rains.... it snows?

February 10th, 2014 at 07:14 am

Things are not getting any better around here.

It is still snowing almost daily. The temps are still in the single digits, the news said up to -45 with windchill.

It seems like this stupid winter is never going to end. I got my car stuck, we had to deal with a neighbor, our pipes busted, the propane is outrageous. And now...

I went to feed my animals this morning and there were two dead baby goats that were born in the night. They were several weeks premature, and barely even had grown their hair yet. So I am not sure if I was out there when they were born if they would have lived or not.

Of course it was from my best doe (female goat) so that is $600 that I was counting on that is now gone.

The mama goat was acting completely normal before bed, and this morning she was acting completely normal too, as if she did not even realize that she had babies. I had no indication that she would go last night, as she was not due until March.

Now I am worried that the other 3 pregnant does are going to miscarry. They all look horrible because they have been in the barn with no sunlight for weeks and weeks. Goats hate snow and cold, so they refuse to come out at all. I am worried for their health if the weather does not break soon.

I am extremely upset about the babies, especially the what if I had been there. The poor things froze.

Just so upset. Frown

I added $75 to my EF.

6 Responses to “When it rains.... it snows?”

  1. wife of the deacon Says:


    I am sorry. (hugs) I hope that you have a better day.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That is upsetting. I seems there was no way for you to have known. There must have been a reason for them to have been born prematurely and likely could not have been prevented. Try to find something positive to focus on today. It will get better.

  3. klarose Says:

    After talking to my goat mentor, she thinks it is from all the bad weather, and just general stress. Her goats are not fairing much better. She said there is nothing to do except wait and pray for better weather.

    Hopefully I will be able to rebreed her in a couple months, and maybe get fall babies so at least I will meet quota this year, just late.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I am so sorry.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, that must have been a shock, and aggravation, and a disappointment. Here's hoping the goats will soon enough be outside nibbling the green shoots of spring.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Could some kind of light/heat lamp in the barn help with the lack of sun? Like something similar to what humans use for SAD (seasonal affective disorder.)

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