Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Kids On the Block...(yes, every season I get to use this phrase)


We are up to 17 kiddos now, with just one more doe goat left to freshen!  It just so happens that my FAVORITE doe settled last this year, so I am still on pins and needles waiting to see her contribution to our kid group.  There have been 5 night births at very erratic times, varying from two days early to four days late, beginning some 3 weeks ago.  As of this writing, I am severely sleep deprived. 

"Stormcrow" is a quiet first-freshener who was assessed at 2 hr intervals, since she filled her udder or "bagged up", as we rural folks like to say.  Last night, I knew she would definitely kid, based on her behavior, so I ran up the hill to the barn in my long underwear at 8 pm, 10 pm (to feed kids), 1 am, 3 am, 5 am, and again at 6:15 am to milk and feed for morning chores.  Wouldn't you guess, that sneaky lady kidded sometime between 5:00 and 6:15 am.  All the recent moms attended the birthing girl, so kids were sparkling clean and wandering around for a random tit, when I arrived.  It was easy work to dip navels, milk out lucky bewildered doe and feed hungry kids before my children were ready for school.

My two first-fresheners both kidded unattended, but they are easing into milking time just fine.  In contrast, all of my older does were heavily assisted, so I am now very comfortable re positioning breech kids and exploring a doe up to my elbow.  There should be a word for spelunking a goat uterus...like "capcaving" or "goatsplelunk".  Both sound "maaaaaa-velous".    

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Kids have arrived!

We've had three does kid in four nights!  It's been an exhausting week for me, but there are 10 more goat smiles greeting me in the barn every day.  Check out the 2016 kid page for photos.




Thursday, February 25, 2016

Getting Closer

Since we are getting closer to kidding season, I figured a prego photo was long overdue.  Here are our seven rotund lovely ladies lined up at the feeder.  From left to right; Stormcrow, Bayou Baby, Morgana, Cordial, Andromeda, Constance, and Titanium.  And Rocky is photobombing from the buck side of the feeder. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This Girl Has Grace




This pretty little doe has it all, personality, looks, and milking potential.  She'll also have a new home in a few short weeks and will be especially missed.  Thank you, Patrick, for giving her an exceptional home!




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Triplets

Cordial delivered triplets!

Blue-eyed sisters

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Home Bound

During the rush of the short summer months, I envisioned myself enjoying this sleepy reflective period by knitting beside the woodstove, while watching my youngest daughter engaged in imaginary play.  Any sedentary and reclusive routine is welcome, this time of year.  My growing belly is ripe with our third child, a spring surprise pregnancy, slowing daily activity and jeopardizing barn chores.  Carrying warm water up the hill twice a day, climbing fences and wrestling hungry pregnant goats is exhausting.  They seem as perturbed by their predicament as I am mine.  We commiserate by exchanging hormonally charged insults.  I'll go first, thankfully, about four weeks before kidding season begins.  While looking ahead to a full farm and market season with a baby in tow, for now I am content to patiently wait for my labor to begin.