I had several requests this year for me to record a kidding for those that are anticipating their first kidding. So here is an 8 1/2 minute video of Confetti kidding with twins. It is obviously condensed, but give a pretty good idea of what a hands off kidding looks like. The only intervention was to make sure the babies noses were cleared.
We were expecting Confetti to kid in late June or early July, however she apparently decided to pick the buck herself and she isn't planning on sharing who the daddy is of the twins she blessed us with this evening. So we will be doing DNA testing to determine, which of our three bucks is the daddy.
The first born is a mostly black girl with some white frosting and a few white spots. Her younger brother is a very flashy white and black boy. Too early to tell if either of them are polled, but the hair patterns make us hopefull that they are.
The buckling is already spoken for and we haven't decided yet if we are going to retain the doeling. Have to wait for DNA tests and for the babies to have time to recover from their cramped quarters.
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".
Jane is a wife, mother, critter-wrangler and works full-time off the farm as well.