Emmylou Harris did it again! This is the third time in a row she has given us twin blue-eyed doe kids. And this time it was a different buck as the father!
She kidded yesterday afternoon just about lunch time. The doe kid with more white was born first, and the dark haired one was born breech a few minutes later. Mom and babies are doing great.
The dark haired one will be called Raven, for no reason other than that was the name that popped into my head the first time I picked her up. We are still looking for a name for the white one.
Some years we have a naming theme, but this is not one of those years. So we are welcome to name suggestions.
In other news today is day 151 for poor Levana and as of this morning she doesn't look any more ready to kid than she did 5 days ago.
Our 2020 kidding seasons started off with a bang early yesterday morning with first freshener Velvet, who barely looked pregnant, producing quads out of Cobalt. Fortunately for her she started off with the little guy at the far left.
Next was the kid laying down at the top who was breech, and then the big buck kid. We thought she was done at that point because he was a bit of a surprise. She then had a few contractions that seemed stronger than afterbirth but not quite as strong as kidding. Bekah at first thought it was placenta - then realized it was moving. She had to tear the sack of the nose and Velvet's contractions disappeared so Bekah ended up having to aid the kid the rest of the way out. And the little girl standing up was the result. She has the most adorable markings on her face. Not sure yet if they are moon spots or just markings as the lighting is off due to the heat lamp.
Sadly the big boy in the middle, who was doing just fine yesterday, started going down hill overnight and he passed away a little over 24 hrs after birth. No idea why, but all three kids and mama seem listless today. Not sure if the 4-5 inches of snow we got overnight have anything to do with it or not. This is always the hard part of raising any animal, you hate losing them.
First born girl is going to be named Wags Ranch CA Blue Suede and her sister (the one standing) is going to be named Wags Ranch CA Azurite Chiffon. More than likely both will be available. Mostly because I can't keep them all and there are 14 more does to kid. But boy do these two have personality - especially little Chiffon!