The bee-hind shots are now behind me and all I have to offer you are baby pictures.
I KNOW. You must miss the bee-hind shots so much!
Saturday afternoon, I checked on Glory Bee and everything seemed completely normal, as usual. The Bad Baby loves to mess with me. I fed the goats and went back to the house. Within maybe 20-30 minutes, I could hear Coco and Chloe going insane, barking up a storm. I stepped outside, heard an odd mooing between the barks. There’s just a different sound animals make when they’re giving birth. I’ve come to know the difference when I hear a goat bleating because they wish they had more cookies and because they’re having a baby. Same with a cow. The moo is a whole different sound. Painful.
It happened so fast, by the time I got my camera, put on my boots, and got to the back barn yard, she was standing there licking on her little wet thing.
I was SO disappointed that I missed the birth!!!! Dark was coming fast, and I didn’t want to interfere with the bonding, so I left them to it without even attempting to check the baby’s sex. I was just SO relieved that it had been a fast, easy birth that didn’t require any assistance!
Next morning, of course, baby was on its feet and nursing! I have caught Glory Bee kicking a few times while nursing. It will take time for her to accept this nursing thing, but she’s allowing it enough.
Glory Bee: “What is this thing and where did it come from?!”
She is attentive to the baby, although as I noticed BP do after Glory Bee was born, she will “stash” the baby and go off to eat hay or drink. Unfortunately, she has no common sense and she decided her “stash” spot was on the far fence line of the back barn yard. BP used to stash Glory Bee near the woods at the old farm. Cows just think, “Here’s a good place to hide the baby while I go to the bar!” Their idea of safety isn’t always accurate. I didn’t like that spot because it was next to the fence line, too easy for predators if they were determined to push under the fence and get at a wobbly newborn.
I moved all The Little People to the goat yard for now (I don’t want any goats deciding to head-butt a wobbly baby) and took Glory Bee and baby into the barn so she could stash the baby in a stall. Much safer!
I’ve milked her a few times, just by hand so far, and she about kicked me to death! Fabulous. This is going to be so much fun! I get to train a kicker! Oddly, I’m looking forward to it. Today, milking will ramp up as the baby can’t keep up with the output at all, and I will try the machine on Glory Bee for the first time.
And now, what IS the baby???!!!!
Sarah came over to help me decipher the mysterious doings under all that baby fluff. She’s had a couple calves recently at her farm, so I know she knows what she’s doing and I always like to have confirmation when I’m sexing a baby. I’ve gotten much better at it, but I’m still a little leery of totally trusting my own judgment. Though, it was pretty darn obvious once we got down there….. (I have LEARNED that you don’t look for the boy part…. That can fool ya. You look for the girl part.)
It’s a GIRL. A half-Limousin (beef bull), half Jersey-Brown Swiss baby heifer, and to me, she looks like she takes after daddy. She will likely not be suitable for sale as a milker. Nobody wants a half-Limousin milk cow when the world is full of Jerseys, and I personally do not need another cow and can’t afford to keep another cow long-term. I thought about her name all day yesterday.
I told Morgan my two final choices.
Beef Burgundy or Apple Dumpling. Beef Burgundy, of course, is a practical, good, solid, you-will-taste-so-good-in-my-crock-pot name. Apple Dumpling is a horrendously, dangerously cute name…….. I really really wanted to name her Beef Burgundy.
But my little neighbor teenage girl who mows my yard is named Burgundy. I said, “Do you think Burgundy will be offended if I name the calf Beef Burgundy?”
Me: “Then I have to name her Apple Dumpling. I’m set on one of those two names.”
Morgan: “If you name her that, SHE’LL NEVER LEAVE!!!!!!”
I’m not so sure of that. However.
Meet Apple Dumpling.