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!
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".