Here it is, not even spring yet, and our first goats are ready to kid. I know, you’d think we smarter than to let animals breed so they have babies when it’s still in the dead of winter.
Well, actually, we are smarter than that. Unfortunately we have a delinquent doe who’s worse than a teenager with raging hormones. Last fall, she got tired of living in her pen with the buck that she grew up with. They had never bred in the previous two years, so we figured she was useless. In fact we were about to send her to the auction.
She and the buck had a terrible argument in the middle of August, and she literally kicked and chewed her way out of her house, squeezed through a tiny fence hole, and took up residence in the Pygmy goat pen. To make a long story short,
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I was sound asleep when sometime around O’dark thirty, Cindy got me up. This isn’t my idea of a good time… but you shoulda’ seen what we saw. Four precious little kids born to Suzy. She was bred to Apollo, our Nubian/Boer buck.
So we go traipsing out to Suzy’s pen (actually the pig pen… but not yet used). Cindy goes up and over the pallets in her Dr. Denton’s (no boots this time), and crawls into the little shed. We’re snapping pictures like crazy.
I took a minute to check the sheep, and lo and behold, we have a new set of twins. It’s rare for our ewes to have their babies at night. Thankfully these little tikes are in good shape. We’ll wait until daylight to determine the sexes.
Everyone else is calm, cool and collected… well, quite sleepy too,
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After a very mild winter, it’s now raining and snowing, with more in the forecast, just in time for lambing and kidding… wouldn’t ya’ know it!
This year, we have 4 pregnant does (goats), and at least 12 maybe 13 pregnant sheep. The ram and buck went to breed on October 14 and 16, 2011. That means that somewhere between 145 and 155 days later, we should be very busy with the newborns.
The past weeks have been dominated by getting things ready, inventorying what we have, and purchasing what we need. We’re upgrading our supplies and have also been retrofitting the horse barn to prepare for the larger flock of sheep. Who knows, maybe the goats will take over the sheep pan. If they do, we’ll have to rearrange the milking stand, as it’s a long walk from the sheep to the goat pens.
We’re busily preparing for the inevitable bottle babies.
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