Trixie Belle’s Triplets

TRIPLETS – Trixie Belle had TRIPLETS!!!!!

Here comes the first one!

We have three sheds, but for whatever reason, Trixie decided that right out in the open, right in the middle of the sheep/goat area would be just fine.

 

 

 

 

 

He came out back end first.

 

 

 

 

Oreo

Medium sized buckling

 

 

 

 

 

Trixie meeting Oreo

Sunday afternoon I checked on Trixie and thought maybe we would be looking at Sunday evening.

So I got some towels ready and checked her again. I changed my mind and figured within an hour.

 

 

 

 

So I gave Heather a walkie-talkie and put her on Trixie watch while I got the cameras, etc. ready.

I was still assembling things when Heather called me and said that Trixie was ‘sqwooshing.’ Not certain what that meant I grabbed some raisins and headed out the door.

We were on.

Number two came out feet first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here comes his nose!

There were 8-10 minutes in between the first and second babies.

 

 

Chookie

Nice large buckling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sassyfras

I didn’t even have the second one dried off when the third one just slid out.

Sassyfras is a small doeling, only about half the size of the second buckling.

 

 

 

 

It’s amazing to me how Madeline’s babies are all so different, and yet Trixie’s are all so much like her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drying off Sassyfras

 

 

 

 

Sassyfras was the first to stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far, Trixie seems to think the babies are pretty cute, but doesn’t really do much with them.

 

 

 

 

Chookie was the second to stand.

So I am working with Trixie and trying to teach her to stand so the babies can nurse.

The babies also have to learn where to nurse.

 

 

It’s amazing to me the differences between the sheep and the goats. The lambs have figured out where the food source is within 30 minutes, usually less. And by the next day, they can practically keep up with the ewe.

 

 

Oreo finally stood up.

But the little goats are now three days old, and still figuring out the food source.  Trixie won’t stand for them to nose around and find the food source.

 

 

 

The afterbirth got us excited for a minute thinking there was another one coming. But it’s just fine that there wasn’t another one :)

 

 

 

The sheep gathering around to meet the newest members of the flock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Goose took the rest of the geese by on a tour.

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Goose likes to lead the parade, where ever they happen to be touring at the moment.

 

 

 

 

Because Trixie opted for the middle of the goat/sheep yard, rather than a shed, we also had to deal with the chickens running in and trying to grab anything like looked like a slimy worm. UGH!

 

 

 

I am not happy, can you tell? I’m hauling off Pokey for about the 17th time. Pokey is exactly why I don’t want bottle babies. He is not actually a goat. He is part weasel, part kangaroo and part monkey. He just looks like a goat. An extremely NEEDY goat. Needy to the point of being obnoxious and not recognizing when he isn’t wanted.

 

 

Heather is trying to tempt Trixie Belle into standing up so we can get she and the babies moved into a shed and get the babies on some colostrum.

 

 

 

 

We finally got Trixie and the babies into a shed.

 

 

 

 

Trixie with her grain, raisins and babies :)

She is pretty contented here.

 

 

 

 

 

Peek-a-boo, Chookie!

 

 

 

Heather holding Sassyfras.

 

 

 

 

 

Willoughby is going to keep an eye on things :)

 

14 thoughts on “Trixie Belle’s Triplets

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these videos and pictures. My sister has goats, but she has never seen the baby goats being born.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to show my grand kids tomorrow. Gods nature is a blessing with so much beauty.

  3. The Homestead Survival wants to thank you for allowing us to share this post with our readers.
    Your family is doing an amazing job running a homestead and your a blessing for sharing your knowledge with the world.
    Warmly,
    THS

  4. Thanks for sharing, but I don’t understand why does there needs to be any human intervention? Shouldn’t the ewe be left alone to birth and follow instinct? Isn’t it mama’s job to lick the babies clean? Seems her instincts would kick in if everyone wasn’t doing her job for her…just curious.

    • Hi – thanks for asking :) Trixie Belle showed no interest whatsoever in cleaning off her babies, and she accepted all three of them. Our other doe, Madeline, also had triplets as a first time freshener. She cleaned off part of the first one that was born, but was too tired to completely clean off the doeling, and didn’t have the energy to clean off the other two bucklings. She completely rejected Meadow, the one that she had cleaned off, but accepted the two bucklings that she didn’t clean off. Nubians are an improved breed, and improved breeds often need more human intervention than primitive breeds. Shetland sheep are considered a primitive breed, and so far the ewes have been very independent in their lambing and taking care of the lambs immediately afterwards. Because both Madeline and Trixie Belle were bottle fed babies, I actually had to teach both of them how to stand for their babies to nurse, and I had to show the kids where to nurse. It took a week of working with them four times a day to get the dams to stand for the kids to nurse. Life on a farm doesn’t very often follow the book :) Hope that helps :)

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