Danielle was due the 2nd. She will be 9 years old on March 26th. I knew she couldn't possible have a singleton again. She's had triplets twice, twins thrice and two singletons (the first one as a yearling that was premature). Last year she had a singleton out of the wrong buck that pinched a nerve as she delivered. She's our girl. The first kid I saw born, our first bottle baby, and one of my favorite milking does. She's accepted kids being grafted onto her and is just an all around sweetheart. Her dam was a Grade Nubian doe and her sire was our first buck, a LaMancha/Alpine. She was settled to Rudy, our polled Nubian buck. So I was hoping for a doeling with ears to keep. She has the elf ears and usually throws mixed results...more elf than long. The Freshman class from Olney was over to see her give birth. They arrived around 1:30PM. She had been slowly progressing all morning. No serious contractions but obviously moving things into position. I checked about ten minutes after they arrived and found the first kid right there, but she still wasn't really doing anything. So I kept harassing her. Her water broke (all over me) and she still wasn't really progressing. So I interefered some more and tried to get the system going. Put some pressure on the kid to try and induce some contractions, massaged her udder, etc. An hour later she finally got down to business. First to arrive was a brown doeling with frosted elf ears. They were getting late for their next class (they had already missed two at this point) and I said if you want to see the next one just look cause here it comes. A basically black long eared doeling. While I was trying to decide whether to take it for Prevention or not, the students exclaimed another one was coming. Say what? Now admittedly the first two were not big, but she never felt like she was carrying three. There is this tiny little black head with legs showing. I pulled the tiny legs forward and all I could think was how horrible it was for these students to witness the birth of a dead partially reabsorbed fetus. It hit the ground and started spasming like the premature kids earlier this year. I had a student run and grab a towel so I could wipe it off. Another basically black doeling. She weighed in at 2.8 pounds (me holding her on the scale and then me not holding her). I brought her up and had to drive the 20 minutes to go pick up a Pritchard Nipple since I had lost ours (or rather the raccoons had stolen them). Got back and she sucked down around 7 ounces of colostrum with no hesitation. Oi. The brown doeling was 5.6 pounds and the black doeling (most likely her twin) was 6.2 pounds. So not a whole lot weight to those babies. This is the same doe who delivered a 3.6 pound doe, 7.2 pound buck and then a 5.4 pound doe two years ago. I feel bad that the other didn't grow so well. It certainly doesn't look good from that stand point...those huge variances in weight. We have a yearling doe who delivered 3 days before her first birthday. The doeling was 6 pounds and the buck closer to 8 pounds. Oh yes. Every kid was delivered while she stood. She usually delivers the first standing and others laying down but they just kinda fell out of her....She's an odd girl.