Sunday Homestead Update – False Alarm

The parts of our life that are not related to the homestead have been very busy lately, thus there isn’t much new to say about the homestead this week.

Our first goat due to kid, Heidi, was acting like she was in labor yesterday.  She had discharge and was hunching her back, standing very wide, and seemed to be having contractions.  We watched her closely and anxiously because the temps were below freezing and the windchill was well below that and we didn’t want to risk missing the birth and having the babies freeze to death.  But nothing happened.  This morning she is acting completely normal.  I am guessing it will be this week though and her body is starting to prepare.


Standing wide and hunching her hind-quarters


Standing like she is having a contraction – this is how she was most of the day.

We got the disbudding box built this week, which was our last preparation needed for kidding.


So now we continue to keep a close eye on Heidi.  I fully expect my next post to be about new goat kids being born.  Famous last words, right?…

2 thoughts on “Sunday Homestead Update – False Alarm

  1. How wonderful! Wish I was going to be the to see that little one. 🙂 Pictures!
    I do have an off subject question.
    Is there some kind of treatment (like for cows horns… or goats) that can be used for chicken spurs?
    Another note: We had someone ‘throw away’ 9 chickens, in the woods, almost 1/4 mile from here. It was during a bad winter spell, and we tried to collect them every day for about 9 days. Sadly, we only got 2, one a rooster and the other a hen. Poor things were so hungry, cold, scared, and skittish (to say the least). The town water department just happened to be the drop off spot and they were kind enough to stop by and update us about the situation as they were seeing it. They had only (I say “only” because of all the critters in the surrounding woods who love chicken) seen one carcass. We keep looking in hopes they just moved to the other side of the pond, and we can get them. Looks slim due to the winter.
    Anyway, the rooster we have has one 3 inch spur and we would like to remove it without hurting him. BTW, he didn’t crow at all until a couple days ago so the time we had him until the first crow, was about a week and a half or so. They both are better nourished and happy now. Don’t know how we will incorporate them with the rest however. Will see.
    Take care!


    • We have only dealt with one rooster with big spurs. We found a video online that showed us how to remove them. So I would suggest searching on the internet to see your different options and how to do each. Hope it all goes well!


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