Maizy the goat gave birth to three tiny kids in one hour in Cumberland, Maine on July 19, 2022.
The footage was captured by Hope Hall of Sunflower Farm Creamery, located in Cumberland, Maine.
“I can’t wait to watch them grow up and am so proud of Mama Maisy!” Hall told Storyful.
An estimated “60 playful little goats” are born on the farm each spring, Hall said.
HOPE HALL: Hi, guys. It's Hope at Sunflower Farm. I'm just checking in, because I think today might be the day that Maizy has her kids. And I figured I'd just kind of walk you through my process of where I arrive at that conclusion and what I do if I think today's the day. So I'll flip around my camera. These are the two doe's that I think are left to kid this year. Up front is Taylor, named after hockey player Taylor Hall. And out back is Maizy.
On my records, they were both bred about a day apart and are due next Tuesday and Wednesday. Right now, it's Tuesday, so that would be early. If Maizy has her kids today, I'm guessing I had the date wrong. But her mom does tend to have her kids a little on the early side, and she often sneaks off to have them. She's the only goat I've ever missed having their kids, because she's a little crafty about that.
So I decided to be better safe than sorry with Maizy today and put her in a nice, safe stall so I can keep an eye on her. Also, she's a little bit of a shy goat, so I figured it made sense to have her in a confined space. So that if she needed help, it would be a little easier to step in. This morning when I went out to milk, she was being a little vocal, which for her is unusual. She's a quiet goat. So the fact that she was looking straight at me and baaing, I figured might be a sign that she was getting ready to kid.
I was actually planning to go off for the day for a little hike with my daughter. But right before we left I told her to go check Maizy and Taylor and see if there was any goop. And in fact, there was. Maizy had a little string of goop hanging down under her tail. Let's see if we can see it. Right now, it's kind of fallen off. But you can see there's some stuff sticking to her tail area. And her tail is straight up. It was nice, clear mucus. So I'm feeling good about that. That's a sign nobody's in distress.
And we're just going to keep an eye on her today and see what happens. But those two signs, a goat acting a little different than they normally do, in this case, Maizy was being pretty vocal this morning. And then the second thing is that string of goop. Once I see that, I usually pay pretty close attention and don't let them out of my sight either on the barn cam or in-person. I also get a few things ready just in case I need them. These two are sweet friends. So I haven't separated them yet. Since Maizy a little skittish, I figured it would be comforting for her to have a friend.
You can also see their udders have filled up, which is another sign that they're not too far away from kidding. These are both first fresheners, which means they haven't ever had babies before. Over here I have some loop just in case I need to go in and straighten things out. Some paper towels for wiping off around the baby's mouth if it comes out pretty goopy. Some gloves in case I need to go in and assist.
And then some iodine that I use for dipping their umbilical cord if it's long when they come out, even if it's not, I dip it just to be kind of on the safe side. It prevents any bad bacteria from going up and making the goat sick in the upcoming week or so. So those are my supplies. Nothing much really. Mostly it's just being here and being ready and kind of watching the signs of the goat to make sure they're not in distress and everything's going well. I'll check back in later with any progress if I see any. OK.
- Look at them. Oh, my gosh. They're so tiny. You used to be that small once. Oh, it's going to be so funny how [INAUDIBLE]
HOPE HALL: I just need to find the door for Taylor. I'm going to put her next to her.
- Oh, yeah. Well, we'll wait till she's done.
HOPE HALL: Yeah.
- So exciting.
HOPE HALL: Exciting. It's a boy and a girl so far.
- Boy and girl.