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We had a surprise birth yesterday! This lady was not even the the slightest bit wide. She hid the baby so well! We had been trying to get her pregnant for over a year, but our Nigerian Dwarf buck was smaller than average and just wasn't quite reaching his mark. I finally gave up trying and got a larger buck to breed her with in the Fall. I'm so grateful that her yearly CD&T was due a month and a half ago, so at least we are good there!
A few days ago I noticed her bagging up and was immediately concerned thinking it could be precocious udder or something else. Well, I looked back at my notes and the short ND buck had gotten out of his pen and went on an adventure. All the other ladies were already pregnant, but it seems like he finally got his moment with her. So to my amazement, here we are! After I looked back at the notes though I started to panic. We had a fecal run for her a couple of months ago and the vet recommended deworming with valbazen so we did. I immediately panicked and worried that I caused a problem because I know it can cause defects or abortions or other problems. Mentally I prepared myself for a worst-cast scenario.
Birth was a breeze!! She started pawing the ground so I penned her in a birthing stall. She's very cuddly, so I stayed with her and gave her extra chin scratches and kept her company. As soon as baby was out mom was talking to her and cleaning her up. This particular doe does not like her udder touched at all, so I was concerned with how nursing would go. I believe the previous owner did not leave babies on her and went straight to the bottle and milked mom, so I don't think the doe quite knew what to do. She would talk to baby and nudge it, but then when baby tried to latch on mom would move. We are working on it though, and have already seen progress in the last 12 hours. We still have to hold mom to let baby latch, but as soon as she's on mom stands still.
Anyway, long exciting day!! I learned my lesson, never trust looking for outward signs of pregnancy! I will be getting blood tests from here on out lol! I'm SO GRATEFUL baby is ok. My mistake could have had a very different outcome, and I feel bad about that.
We have named the baby Trixy because she tricked us so well!

First pic is during a contraction. I would have never looked at her and thought she was pregnant!
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Awe..so sweet.
 

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Wow! What a sneaky girl (and boy!!)! I’m so glad all went well, despite the worries.
Trixie is just so sweet. Good luck with the nursing. It sounds like mom is catching on.
 

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Wow! What a sneaky girl (and boy!!)! I’m so glad all went well, despite the worries.
Trixie is just so sweet. Good luck with the nursing. It sounds like mom is catching on.
Thank you! Nursing is going much better. I am still keeping an eye on them closely and going out several times per day to observe her nursing, but mom isn't moving away from her anymore so I'm very happy with that!
 
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