Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Addition To The Farm







Ebony finally had her babies this morning. I checked on her all night long and nothing but the moment I get busy the stuff hits the fan. I went in to check on everyone after morning feeding and walked in the barn to just see Ebony deliver a baby still in it's sack and not breathing. I quickly untied the pen gate and rushed in hoping to help - nothing to be done. As I hugged her and gave her words of love and hope I heard a tiny little voice. I quickly looked all through the pen - NOTHING! What in the world is going on??? I stood still and pitched my ears - Nothing! So I went back to assist the mother - again I heard a cry. I stood up and leaped out of the pen to search. Checking every pen and counting to see if there was anyone new - Nothing! Just then I saw in the dark feed room some movement. I rushed in and there was a perfectly cleaned off little girl caught in the tubes on the side of the barn... I picked her up and rushed her to Ebony, rubbing the sack of the other baby all over her hoping to trick Ebony. She is a very smart girl and an experienced mother but I think that she disconnected because in her mind her baby was dead.... Crap!
So, grabbing a towel and running to the house as I tried to keep the little one warm.. I ran into the kitchen and with hot water running I got the bottle, formula and blankets. Made a bottle and prayed that I could get her to nurse... She latched on to the bottle and before I knew it she had taken 4 full ounces. My word that is what a week old baby would drink. I quickly started warming her with the hair dryer and then made her basket with warm blankets. I put it in front of the space heater and watched... She went to nap and I ran back outside to the barn. I gathered up the deceased baby and checked Ebony over. I gave her a private pen, warm water, grain and hugs. Ran back to the house and was there just in time to watch the little girl to stand up and PEE!!! Yes, the tummy is working.
So we will see how this all goes - keep her in your prayers... Ebony is not even looking for her or asking me of her so I think this little one is in the house with me unless something changes with Ebony. I know her so well that I know she feels that her baby was born dead and that way that, forgetting she cleaned another. We will just have to keep our fingers crossed and pray a lot...






5 comments:

Jane said...

Just to make sure I have this clear, this baby IS Ebony's right. Just the first born? What drama you have going on in that barn. The emotional roller coaster you go through on a daily basis must be draining. And now another inside baby to keep you up all night. I would say you deserve a big ice cream sunday or a shot of something harder. How many more Mom's do you have that still have to kid? That baby is adorable. I am sending my good thoughts for her.

Angie said...

I will be praying my friend. I hope all turns out with this little one. God Bless!

Sheri said...

You sure have had your hands full. I am glad the wee one is doing ok so far. I will keep her and you in my prayers.

monica said...

Grace, she is absolutely a little beauty! It never does slow down at the farm does it! I am so sorry to hear that Ebony lost the other baby! I will pray that she will take care of this one!
Hugs,Monica

Sarah Kate said...

What a little darling!

So sorry to hear of the loss of the other one.

~Lori