Bella seems to be doing fine...thanks for asking. I do have lots of questions for you though...she seems to be having discharges like she's in estrus. Have you ever heard of this? I know in humans you can have your menstral cycle even when you're pregnant, but that's usually in the earlier trimesters not in the late trimesters. When I looked on the internet, one of the difficulties in the last trimester was a mucus discharge that indicated too much ambiotic fluid in the embryo sac...usually indicating a bulldog calf. Well that's my biggest nightmare! But she is showing no other signs of any ill health. Then I read if she were to abort, it would have been by the second trimester. She is definitely still pregnant and showing all the signs of calving soon, so I'm hoping I'm just worrying about nothing :-)
I would love to see a picture of your milk stand. Did Clem build it? Dennis really thinks I'm just going sit right down and milk her without any problems once she deliver! I have been working with her since late March, but she still will not let me near her teats. I can hug her, wash her and comb her everywhere on her body except her teats. As soon as she thinks I'm going to touch them she begins kicking. I even tried to tie a rope around her hind legs in an attempt to hobble her to keep her from kicking. Well, you'd think I just stuck a burr under her saddle!! She just went crazy. She sure understands a smack on the nose means no and stop, but I don't want to turn this into a constant battle, so I backed off for a while. I think a wall or partion of some sorts would really help, but again Dennis doesn't think it's an issue, so he is not too willing to do anything about it. We'll see when she calves and won't milk if that thought changes :-)....I'll have him do the milking. LOL!
I'll look forward to see your ducklings (is that the right word...brain malfunction). Laura