Lucy’s Turn!

Three Days Ago:

Goats don’t plan their births for the most convenient times.  OK.  You’re right, they don’t plan them at all.  So, whoever is in charge of the whole “when should I get down to business and get these baby goats on the outside of my body instead of the inside” needs a talking to.

Two in the morning just isn’t acceptable.

I’m sorry, but nature calls me to be asleep at night.  Not to be in the barn.  So, thank goodness for The Animal Whisperer.  Nature doesn’t seem to call him to sleep at all, as much as he would like to, and since he woke up at 1 am and couldn’t fall asleep again, he decided to go check on Lucy to see if she was having any movement toward birthing the babes in her stomach.

And, much different than poor Dottie’s experience, Lucy was done.

Finished.

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She had birthed her baby bucklings on her own!

How nature intended.  No human intervention.  Just shear goat guts without an epidural.

When The Animal Whisperer arrived to the barn, the first boy was totally clean (licked off by his mama) and the second must have showed up on the scene a few minutes after the first, still partly covered in birthing fluids.m.

And, because this is a family affair, he came up to the house to wake me at 3.  A.  M.  And, because our children are part of the family, we woke them up too.  The nine-year old threw on his barn clothes and nearly sprinted to the barn, the five-year-old languished in bed whining and complaining that he was too tired and too cold but really wanted to see the babies…could he JUST go in his PAJAMAS???  (hmmm…let me think about that…NO.)

And, so it was that the Aparicio family met Lucy’s new little family.  At 3 in the gosh darn morning.

And, as for Dottie and her doeling, I’m happy to report, they are both doing well.

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Dottie will have her last shot of penicillin today, she is healing and Chispita (Little Spark) is hopping and jumping around…splint-free!  Her back legs can now support her in all of her walking, jumping and pirouetting endeavors.

Lucy had a difficult kidding last year…we’re thankful she did it all on her own, successfully, this year.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  Next up is Sally.  Wish her luck.

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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2 Responses to Lucy’s Turn!

  1. Chris says:

    Chispita is so cute!!!

  2. Wendy Carson says:

    I have created a community calendar on my Colorado Springs Community Alliance website. If you have events or other things you’d like to post to the community, please consider using the calendar. I’m trying to publicize it now so that it can become a one stop shop for checking in on what events are going on in Colorado Springs.

    http://www.springsalliance.org/apps/calendar/

    Wendy Carson

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