Ok, please forgive me for getting my snit on about this subject, so this is my fair warning, I try really! hard to be very postive on the blog, so don’t read on if you are expecting that on this one..
Now I read a far number of farming blogs and many of them are new homesteaders, and there is a learning curve (this is normal and to be totally expected!) and there is one blog I read, not because I think she does things right but more because she is like my daily soap opera, the amount of things she does wrong is straggering at times.. its like watching fire.
So let me be clear this was just the final straw as they say..
Here is my issues..
Please Peaple Stop writing on your homesteading blogs over and over again, about PULLING your babies, this is centered right around lambs and kids, thankfully I don’t see it much at all in regards to calfs or colts.
But the amount of times I have read this spring already about, Pulled the baby.. What the @%&@& is going on.. Please Repeat after me…STOP Pulling babies that don’t need it done!!!
These were not in need babies, they were not written up as a detressed babies, they were not stuck babies, they were totally normally being born babies, and when they presented, instead of pulling yourself up by your boots and letting things happen naturally, folks are jumping right in and pulling when there is no need!
There are so many reason’s this is BAD!!! O let me count the way..
1) you put stress on those wee joints that are fragile!
2) you are not letting the baby naturally drop if the mother is standing, this is not a bad thing, in natural birthing, as the mother stands back up, she naturally will till the wee one downwards, which allows birthing fluids to be removed! if its a rear birth, I can and will move the baby into that postions, after its been born.
3) you are not doing your mothers any favors, so many folks these days know now that its a bad thing to mess with momma and baby if you are a human, why do you think this is any different with your breeding girl.. if she is not destressed, chill damit, you are risking pulling at the wrong time, you are risking infection and then having to give antibodics to the mom’s, just to be safe, and if you don’t, then you are risking alot more issues.. if you let a mother birth naturally, clean out naturally and you as the farmer have them in a clean jug on clean bedding, there should be no issue.
4) You are doing your breeding herd and your farm no favors.. We CAN NOT always be there, so which would you raither have, three or four or sixth generation of girls on your farm that are strong, active healthy birthers, that maybe, just maybe you might need to step in and help once in the odd while, or do you want to be the breeder, that has to be there or else, we lose babies..
I have bought from both of those breeders myself, I got one girl from a line that just gets it done, the breeder will be there if needed but 99 percent of the time, she expects to walk out and find it done and live healthy babes at side, and I got one who didn’t have a clue and this was a proven mother, that (never had a issue) I had to help deliver both kids because she would just stop and look at me for help.. When I phone and asked about mother, grandmother and even sisters, I found out she was generations of a line of I pull the kids.. I sold her as fast as can be.. I don’t need or want that on my farm.
I have currently birthed out 11 ewes this year.. how many times I have I been there at deliver, about 60 percent of the time, 20 percent while the lambs were still damp and 20 percent dry and at least six hours old..
How many times have I needed to help pull a lamb this year.. NONE!!!!
How many times last year did I need to help pull a lamb-Once, it was a young girl, and she has a big single lamb, needed a bit of help.
How about the year before that.. NONE!
Please folks, be calm and let those momma’s have a chance, give help only! if its needed, and for those that are looking to buy, While I know that you will do what you want in the end, take it from this farmgal, Walk away! from the breeders and farmers that “breeding” this into their lines..
Real life example
Miss Piggy, I could have bought a large black female sow from five different folks, three all used crates, (I would not touch them with a ten foot pole) one uses pens, and does alot of good things (angelo’s breeder) but i went with the breeder that had girls that were natural birthers, who didn’t need rails or anything else, and I knew that she was 3rd gen of free birthing, and she did just what I hoped, birthed out a good size litter of eight, all done, no fuss, no muss, by the time I went out, she was settled down with everyone nursing and just went.. Hi ma!
That’s what I breed for! That’s the kind of lines I want to buy from.. and while it might take a bit more looking to find that farmer, its so worth it when you do!