Last evening after a very hard kidding where every kid was malpositioned and we had the vet on the phone or texting us through most of it Blush produced triplets. First born was the light colored DOE kid who came out tail first and sideways. Followed by the darker buck kid, who came nose first, but who had a hoof over the top of his head. Third born was a very skinny doe kid who was DOA. She looked like she had not gotten her fair share of nutrition.
Blush and her two living kids are doing great and we are intending to retain her doe kid. The buckling will be available as a wether when weaned.
Besides the fact that Blush is a very sweet girl, yesterday was also my daughter's 16th birthday. And if you can't have a birthday party you might as well deliver a long awaited doe kid. Since my daughter's name starts with a 'B' we are naming the doe kid "Blue Blazes" as in "what in the blue blazes is going on here?!" Which is very much what that entire kidding scene felt like.
Blush was the last doe due in April and we have just Alex left to kid in the middle of May.
Dassi presented us with a buck/doe set of twins last night. Both have bright blue eyes and the buckling may have a moonspot or two to go along with some minimal white markings.
The doe kid (standing in front) has quite a bit of white on her. We haven't decided on a name for her yet, but we she is definately a keeper!
With Dassi kidding last night that leaves just Blush who shared a due date with Dassi left to kid in April and we are hoping she will kid today and give us at least one doe kid since it is my daughter's 16th birthday and when your birthday falls during quarantine a keeper doe kid is the best thing going!
After Blush kids we get a bit of a break, as Alex isn't due until the 14th of May. We are hoping she will kid on the 15th as that is my husbands birthday.
Last night Violet finally decided to stop keeping us in suspense and produced twin bucklings. I am disappointed and I didn't get the doe kid I had hoped for, but I am glad her labor and delivery went smoothly.
The black kid has already been spoken for and the unusual looking buckskin boy is evaluated at as a possible herd sire.
We will try this pairing again next year in the hopes that we get our much anticipated doe kid.
There are four does left to kid in April and all of them are due this week!
Day 145 for the lovely Incredible Violet is today and she is bred to Kingfisher. I have been anticipating this kidding since the moment I agreed to purchase Kingfisher a day or two after he was born last year. Any doe kid(s) from this union will be retained.
Tomorrow is day 145 for first freshener Vita Viola and Dassi and Blush are due on Saturday. My guess right now is that best buddies Vita and Dassi will probably go over ) and Blush will kid before Saturday
Blush was a very scared yearling when she joined our herd and was scared of her own shadow for a long time. It took a couple of years of patience but now she is a big love bug and a family favorite. She miscarried two years ago just a few weeks before her due date, so we are very excited to see her carry to term and are looking forward to finally getting to see kids from her. Her sire is a full brother to Tide's maternal grand-sire Castle Rock Guy Noir and next year she will be bred to Tide.
Alex isn't due until the middle of May. We will retain any daughters from her and then she will be retired as she has developed a type of skin cancer and the pregnancy hormones seem to be expediting the growth of it.
Cordelia kidded just after midnight on the morning of the 13th with 2 buck kids and a doe kid (back to the camera) Usually I try to grab pictures of the kids outside in natural light but it has been very cold and windy the past few days and I didn't want to risk their health by taking them out. So for now this is the best picture I have.
Today (14th) is day 145 for Violet, tomorrow is day 145 for Vita and Saturday the 18th is day 145 for Blush and Dassy followed by Alex the 14th of May. So we will get a little bit of break once the four due this week kid.
We are very excited to see Violet and Kingfisher produce. I believe her to be the best doe in my herd at the moment, but that is without having milked any of this years first fresheners this year other than Presley and I am very impressed with her.
We are anticipate having does in milk available this year, possibly doe with kids sets. And of course most of the doe kids born will be available along with wethers and potentially a future herd sire from Violet.
Things have gotten a tad bit hectic around here the last 36 hours. It started off with Moana going into labor about lunch time on Saturday.
Moana x Cobalt resulted in 2 bucks and a doe kid (pictured in the middle). It was an easy kidding with zero sign of prolapse and she has LARGE orifices and soft udder texture. She is being an excellent mom.
Jasmine x Tide produced 2 bucks and 1 doe kid (doe kid is on the right) around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. This is her second year kidding and she has got this mom thing down pat.
Dusty x Cobalt produced 2 does and 1 buck around 7:30 this morning - just to change things up. And for a switch the doe kid was the first born. Dusty is a first freshener and our shortest doe. She wasn't sure quite what was going on and kept trying t sit like a dog during contractions. But she seems to have gotten the hang of things.
Lacey x Kingfisher resulted in 2 bucks and a doe kid. First born buck is very tiny, especially with the last born brother being so big! Her kids were still wet and barely standing when I took this picture. The tiny boy looks black in this picture but he is actually a dark chocolate. His sister (in the middle) does look like she is black with just two small spots on her back. Can't tell if they are moonspots or just white spots. These are our first kids out of Kingfisher!
Hopefully Cordellia and Violet will hold off on kidding long enough for us to get the other pens vacated. We usually keep babies and moms together for three days before we left them out with the whole herd to be sure the are well bonded.
Zippy walked around screaming most of the day yesterday - really gave the roofers quite the tongue lashing at the top of her lungs in the afternoon. Maybe she was objecting to the noise?
Her ligaments were firm and her udder wasn't shiney, but her behavior was so out of the ordinary we figured she has to be in the first stages of labor and as a first freshener she probably didn't understand what she was filling.
About 9:45pm her first kid was born - the very cute reddish-brown boy. Next was a doe kid and that was followed by another buck kid that looks a lot like his sister.
Zippy is being a very good first-time mama and she and the kids are all doing well this morning.
After Levana finally kidding late the night of Day 156 it was a pleasant surprise to have first freshener Presley pop out twins yesterday afternoon on Day 143 with little fuss.
The large buck kid was born first and she did have a little trouble getting his big head out as she wasn't fully dilated yet. Sister was next, and was half way out before Presley even had to push. Both kids were very vigorous and up on their feet looking to eat before they were even completely cleaned off.
I have never had a doe go past day 151 without kidding before. By day 155 I was really getting worried and called the vet out to induce her. Thirty hours later almost to the minute of getting the shot of Lutalyse she kidded with three healthy triplets! First born boy is standing next to her in the picture above, followed by the second born doe kid, and finally another little boy.
The doe kid, Wags Ranch HT Gal Kahol (Gal =wave, Kahol = blue) is only the second doe kid Levana has given us. Like her dam her name is Hebrew and the "wave" is in reference to her sire High Tide. She will be retained.
Her two brothers will be available as pet wethers after weaning.