Monday, 28 September 2009

Baby Blues !!....


We are having a bit of a doo, with our latest arrival.....Minstrel's baby who was born on Sunday morning. All appeared fine for a few hours, until the baby showed no interest in her mum !...this has continued and has not changed. Minstrel is a lovely mother and has been clucking and showing great interest in her baby, but to no avail !


Some regular readers will know that Minstrel is my resident spitter and is not the best girl to handle when she has a cria !....needless to say we are having a 'bit of a doo'!....however with a bit of trial and error and lots of perseverance, we are managing in a fashion.


I have given the baby powdered colostrum, mixed with some goats milk. I have since managed to milk the mum, various techniques !....with a syringe and also by hand.... I have mixed this with the goats milk, the baby is getting the hang of sucking, but she takes no notice of her mum, she appears to be getting stronger and tonight was playing around the building with baby Zeto, who has got the hang of feeding and appears to be doing fine. Dusty is also a lovely mother.


I have not named her for the moment, I think that it can wait...for the time being....we are doing our very best to give her a good start in life and Minstrel is trying her best. The little one is more interested in sitting next to the building wall. Once given a bottle she can suckle, and appears to have a good appetite. She is currently taking about 550ml of milk in about 6 feeds over 24 hrs. I am hoping that she will continue to improve and hopefully will realise who her mum is....and eventually get the idea of feeding, and bonding.....time will tell !!


But for the time being we are definitely on baby-sitting duties....


Marquette is still hanging on to her baby, we are still waiting for her to give birth...

2 comments:

Gerry said...

Sounds like you're pulling out all the stops for the wee one Jayne. All of our best wishes are with you.

Debbie said...

Well done on the progress so far. Keep up the good work and hopefully Minstrel will soon work out you are trying to help.
Love
Debbie