Cinderella’s big day finally came yesterday. No glass slippers were involved haha. It did not go as I had planned so she must have forgotten to read the list I made. When my other goats have gone into labor I can usually guesstimate that it will be within 4-8 hours and I watch their signs and know when they are close, but Cinderella must have wanted to feel special. When I went out for the morning rounds, she was fine. Looking slightly more ready than the day before but not a 911 situation. I went about my morning routine, put my children on the school bus and went back out to find Cinder standing in the muddy corner of the goat yard hollering. I figured she wanted special eating privileges, so I went in the pen and tried to lead her back to the barn to eat – but she wouldn’t budge. That’s not like her at all. And that’s when I realized she was in labor.
I still figured that we had hours, just like with all the other goats. She wasn’t pawing at the ground or pacing, or standing with her head against the wall. Or having contractions that I could see. So I came in for breakfast and planned to get out the kidding kit so that I could go sit with her. I wrote a few emails and FB posts and when I looked out at her she was flopped on her side and straining. WHAT? 10 minutes ago she was fine!
I flew around the house trying to find my box – which of course was not where I thought I put it – and by the time I got out there she was pushing. The first born was a big buckling and he came with one leg folded back and he needed some help to get out. (The kids are usually born in a ‘diving’ position, with front legs straight out.) Finally got him out and as I was helping her clean him up the next one just plopped out. It was very small, and the sack didn’t even break. I broke it open and saw a teeny tiny little baby rolled into a compact ball. She wasn’t breathing or moving yet. It seemed like a long time but was probably only seconds and she started sputtering and crying. She had good lungs but I knew right away she was going to need some TLC because she just didn’t seem right.
The good news was that she started searching for her food source very quickly and got some colostrum. The bad news was that she couldn’t stand up – her legs wouldn’t straighten out, her head was flopping around like a newborn human baby, and she was very weak. After she nursed a couple times I decided to bring her in the house to figure out what to do.
She was in bad shape and I decided a trip to the vet was in order. I didn’t think she would even make it, she was not breathing well and was very limp. We had an hour to wait so I put her in a basket and thought about what to do. A friend of mine had recently had some troubles with a newborn goat and had used oils. I went with my instincts and put some Frankincense and Valor in the diffuser and set it next to the basket, so that the mist would waft over her. A few seconds later, she was lifting her head and sniffing! She crawled a little closer to it and started perking up. Over the next hour she continued to improve.
The vet said she had contracted tendons from being squished in the womb and showed me how to do therapy on her legs to straighten them. When she stood, her feet curled over so she was walking on her knuckles. The vet said she seemed nice and strong for being so tiny and I was relieved.
I did some massage with essential oils on her every couple hours and she really liked it. These are the oils I used:
Valor – on her spine. Valor is very good for balancing.
Aroma Siez – – a great blend for relaxing tight muscles and soreness
Lemongrass – good for supporting natural tendon and ligament health
Ortho Ease massage oil as a carrier to mix the essential oils into.
I put a tiny bit of Ortho Ease massage oil in my palm, I’ll say a half teaspoon, and then just turned the other essential oil bottles onto my palm to get just a little bit of oil – probably less than half a drop – because she is so tiny and the oils are very concentrated and powerful she doesn’t need much. Then I ran my hands over her wee little legs to help stretch and flex them.
I put her back with mama for the night and by morning her legs had improved drastically! She was standing up and had a full tummy. I will continue her leg rubs until she doesn’t need it anymore. As of today she is outside and trying to keep up with the big kids. She mastered climbing the step into the barn stall – she is a determined little thing. Oh – and we named her Luna. She may just get to live here for a long time.