Around 2am this morning Bekah woke me up to tell me Pumpkin Pi was finally kidding. By the time I made it to the barn the big white boy was already getting cleaned up.
I stood back and watched my 11 year old daughter complete the kidding and finally sent her to bed around 3am when things were pretty much over.
The doeling, named Gretchen Wilson, is a very colorful little girl with lots of spunk. She was the first to figure out nursing, and by the time she was 2 hrs old she was trying to jump. She will be staying here on the ranch. Her brother, who has been nicknamed Lynch after Marshawn Lynch, will be available as a wether when weaned. Both of them have blue eyes.
In other news, on the 25th Even kidded with triplets out of Midnight. One beautiful doe and 2 handsome buck kids. I sold Eve this spring with a doe kid back so pretty miss Emmylou Harris will be coming here as a bottle baby this Friday. She the first doe out of Midnight carrying our herd name and we are very excited to see her.
Like the kids born in April Miriam's two boys will be going to visit the Veterans Home on Friday morning to honor the many requests to see more baby goats.
Shortly after 4pm this afternoon Miriam kidded with twin blue-eyed boys out of Finnius. Much better kidding than last year as she only needed minimal assistance. Dam and kids are all doing well. The lighter colored boy was born first and he is more colorful than he appears in the bright afternoon sun.
We are looking forward to watching these two handsome guys grow and sharing them with the Veterans and staff at the Oregon Veterans Home.
You never know what you are going to get when you go to milk a first freshener. Sometimes they settle down with barely a fuss, and sometimes they FIGHT! Right now we have one of each. Wendy barely made a fuss and stood still quietly while I milked mostly one-handed yesterday. This morning she was perfectly fine with me milking two handed and didn't try to hold milk back. It wouldn't surprise me at all if by next weekend she was eagerly waiting her turn to be milked and hoping up on the stanchion without any encouragement at all.
Alex on the other hand, has always been a stand offish doe who does not like to be touched!
This past Saturday afternoon we took a few baby goats to the Oregon Veteran's Home in Lebanon. A reporter was there and wrote up this story about the visit. When the story hit the papers we started getting requests from other care faciliteis to please bring the babies in for their residents to see.
It is amazing to go from no kids to 8 little bouncing bundles of joy in just a week. This afternoon they were out enjoying the afternoon and I couldn't resist grabbing the camera and snapping a few pictures.
Clicking on the individual pictures in the gallery will enlarge them.
Last night in the space of about an hour we had seven doe kids born to Finnius from two does. We knew Maple was in early labor and then were surprised to discover Wendy was in heavy labor. We barely got a stall cleared out for her before she kidded a couple of very cute doe kids.
Shortly after Wendy kidded Maple got serious about producing her own set of offspring by Finnius. She then proceeded to produce FIVE doe kids, although one was a very tiny stillborn. The remaining four doe kids are all healthy and active. Two of them will be available as bottle babies, I just have to figure out which two that will be.
Some additional baby pics:
Late Thursday evening (4/2) Alexandra kidded with twin bucklings. The kidding was quick and required no intervention. Alexandra is being a very good dam and was not at all happy with me taking her boys for a quick photo shoot this afternoon. This year we are naming all the wethers after Seahawks player so the first born kid (on the left) has been named "BamBam Kam and the second born is "ET3".
One more month until kidding season starts! Alexandra, who is bred to Midnight, is due on April 2nd. She doesn't look very large, but she is a long bodied doe so could be hiding quite a few babies. Her udder is developing nicely and it looks like she is going to have very nice teat length.
Alexandra's dam and Midnight's dam are half-sisters on their sire's side as both are granddaughters of Tupemce Buckshot Blues. Midnights sire was a son of Buckshot Blues so this is about as tight of a line breeding as I will ever do. Really, really hoping for a doe kid out of this pairing.
A week later Midnight's dam, Maple is due. She is looking quite large compared to past years and we are hoping she will NOT have a repeat of quints. (She is the dark colored doe in the lower right corner of the above picture.) She will be having the first kids here from our newest buck Finnius and we are really looking forward to seeing his babies.
I took Levana and Bristol over to OSU for ultrasounds this morning. The good news is that Levana is definitely bred and is carrying at least twins possible triplets. She is only 27 days bred so they were just little spots and the instructor couldn't say definitively that the third spot was, in fact, another baby.
Sadly on the ride over somehow Levana scratched her cornea. Fortunately, the vet students and their instructor were more than happy to figure out what was wrong and to treat it for me at no charge.
Bristol was bred within 12 hours of Levana, but how long after I have no way of knowing since we ended up just leaving her overnight with Mr. Incredible since he had worn himself out with Levana. Bristol showed a bit of fluid build up in the uterus, but there was no sign of any spots that could be babies. There is a slim chance that she is in fact bred, and she has missed a heat so I'm praying hard for a miracle. Not sure yet if I will draw blood and send it in for a pregnancy test or not. I can't do it until she is past 30 days bred so I have a few days yet to decide.
Jane is a wife, mother, critter-wrangler and works full-time off the farm as well.