Sunday, March 25, 2012

Playing with the past

Digging through old photos, I found one of myself with some close childhood friends...our baby goats.  This picture was taken in 1983 by my neighbor, Eddie, an older fellow with a very warm heart who I thought of as a grandfather.  Many years later, when I could appreciate such things, he gave me this photo and it is still one of my favorites.  My daughter is only slightly younger than I was in the picture, so seeing her interact with our baby goats and generous neighbors is very much like stepping into the past to relive my childhood.
Until recently, I hadn't noticed the detailed shadow cast onto the wall behind me.  We don't own any good picture editing programs, but I fiddled with it enough in Paint to produce a draft logo for our little farm.
I have one more (completely different) idea for a logo, but it's going to take more playtime.  What do you think?  My husband says it's weird.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

MORE kids!!

Cordial kidded very easily in the early afternoon on Friday with two bucks and a doe.  Hours old, the boys were pawing and blubbering like their daddy during breeding season and already had little horns.  We are calling them Cobalt and Carbon.  Their little sis', Cadmium, has the potential to be a great milker, but we've decided to make her available. 
Cordial's triplets

Constance's triplets
Constance gave us three large and flashy doelings yesterday, finishing up our Nigerian kidding season.  They are Neon, Argon, and Xenon.  Everyone is healthy and taking their bottle-feeds with enthusiasm.  Our doe goats really did a wonderful job this year.  With the wait and worry behind us, I'm excited for these little ones to meet the world.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Baby goat pictures

UPDATE - We have added a new page entitled 2012 Nigerian Dwarf Kids (see right) that has better pictures and is more organized.  That page will be frequently updated as we have new kids born. 

We have four kids that are just around 48 hrs old.  Ostara gave us these two beautiful does (pictured below) who take after their sire Bandito in the looks department.

doeling - Onyx

doeling - Olivia

Then Trillium delivered a tan buck and flashy b&w doe the very same day.  Both are blue-eyed and completely adorable.  Even when the kids are this young, it's hard to catch them standing still for the camera. 
doeling - Titanium

Trillium and buckling - Tungsten

Back to pregnant goat watch!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Brief Kidding Update

Ostara gave us two doelings yesterday morning right after her breakfast.  One is all black and the other is black with a white star, frosted ears and a few moon spots.  We kept vigil in the barn all day, with Cordial overdue and Trillium in early labor.  Just before bedtime with my human kids, Trillium gave us a doe and buck without any assistance.  The buck is all tan with blue eyes and her doe is black and white spotted with a white star, frosted ears and blue eyes.  They are all nursing, vigorous and completely adorable.  It was 8 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, but everyone was snuggled down and safe in our neighbor's cozy barn.

Now we are watching Cordial, who is quite late and Constance, who may be early.  "We" being mostly my dedicated, compassionate and intuitive goat farm co-owner and dear friend, EM.

We will continue to update as kids are born and be posting pictures SOON.  Thanks for checking in!