We were out in the pasture with Tsunami this past Saturday afternoon and noticed a couple of beached whales in the pasture - a Beluga and an Orca to be exact!
Good thing Rita and her dam Millie don't follow this blog or they would be most upset with me referring to them as "the whales". :)
Rita (the mostly white doe) is due April 17th and her dam Millie isn't due until the 23rd of June, but both of them have very well developed rumens that account for at least part of their girth. Both are bred to Mojo and we are really hoping for at least one doe kid from each of them.
As for the current crop of kids they are all doing well. Curious and frisky, but not above a snuggle or two as well.
This afternoon Roni (who now lives in WA state) gave birth to a single blue eyed doe kid out of Mojo. This is the first kid for both of them and they definitely made a good showing with this darling doe kid!
We are really hoping the Rita & Mojo pairing will give us a cute doe kid like this next month.
Who needs a TV for entertainment when you have five cute bucklings showing off for you? Mame's triplets are 9 days old now and practicing mid-air acrobatics and Tsunami's twins are just starting to discover their jumping abilities. Either way it is non-stop action that keeps us laughing.
Bekah was trying to get video of all the action and when I sat down to watch I was mobbed by all five of them who thought I made a great new play place. What a great payoff for the long hours spent waiting for their dams to kid!
When I went out to check on Tsunami at 4am yesterday it was obvious she was in the early stages of labor. So I changed into warmer clothes and settled in for a long day with her. A day that turned out to be longer than I was expecting!
She finally got down to business about 7pm but the first kid didn't arrive until nearly 8pm (black and white boy) and his brother didn't show up until 8:30pm Both of them are big healthy boys and cute as a button! And Tsunami is taking to motherhood with no issues. They will be available as wethers in about 10 weeks.
Cousins getting acquainted.
The two on the left are Tsunami's and the two on the right are Mame's.
Mame's boys and Tsunami have a grand-father in common.
We are officially on Tsunami watch this weekend as today was day 142 for Bekah's doe Tsunami.
Since she is a first freshener all the usual tells for impending labor may or may not apply to her, so we will just have to keep a close eye on her.
So far she is developing a very nice udder for a first freshener and I am quite pleased with what I'm seeing and eager to see how she does as a milker. She is bred to Sunny and I have told Bekah that she can keep ONE doe kid if we are blessed to get any.
Mame' and her trio of boys are all doing well, and baby number 3 seems to have gotten over being the most squished kid and is walking and running normally. This morning after milking I let them into the main barn so I could clean out the kidding stall. They had so much fun stretching their legs and kicking up their heels in all that space I just had to take some video of it.
At present the boys still are unnamed and are simply known by their birth number. If number one ends up being kept as a buck then he will be named, otherwise we have decided to leave the naming up to whomever purchases them.
My predictions that Mame' would once again give us triplets and that she would kid on Sunday turned out to be correct. And I'm as surprised as anyone that I was right.
The three buck kids were born about 9pm Sunday night in the midst of a huge windstorm with gusts reportedly up to 70 mph. When it first hit I thought the whole barn was going to disappear. By the time they were born a few hours later it had calmed down a bit to where I was only worried we would lose the roof. Needless to say I'm thinking storm related names (just not "Stormy" since we already have one named that) would be appropriate for these cute guys.
Bekah and I got the kidding stalls ready this morning, the towels for cleaning up the kids are in the wash, and I've double checked my kidding supplies so I think we are ready as we will ever be.
Today is day 141 for Mame' and she has been seeking attention and wanting massages which is her usual pattern of behavior not too long before she kids. Her udder still has a bit more to go before it is completely full, so I am going to stick with my guess that she will kid on Sunday.