Things have been a little crazy around the ranch lately, so here is a quick recap of the last three kiddings. Rosie, who barely looked pregnant kicked things off by kidding at triplets unobserved overnight April 15th-16th. We have chosen to give the kids a birthdate on April 16th as that seemed the most likely scenario based on the last check at 10pm that night. She produced 2 doe kids and a buckling. So far no moonspots are showing up, but Kingfishers kids tend to not show any for up to their first month, and then you start seeing them, so there still could be some pop up.
This is the only picture I managed to get (with my cell phone) of the three of them together. They are a very active bunch, especially the little chocolate girl that was so tiny I could hold her in one hand when she was born. We are quite smitten with her so it will probably be the white doe kid with blue-eyes that will most likely be the one that is available in the future. Her little spotted buckling is already spoken for.
Moolatte (aka Cowgirl) was the next to kid. She popped out twin buckling's the morning of April 17th. First born was the oh so flashy black and white boy, with his dark chocolate and white brother following shortly there after. Both were very large kids but she didn't need any assistance getting them out on day 152.
These boys will be available as wethers once they are weaned. Really looking forward to milking Cowgirl and Rosie for the first time and getting them on milk test.
And then there was Levana, day 154 rolled around with no sign of her kidding, so once again the Red Barn Mobile Vet paid us a visit to induce here just like last year. However, unlike last year she kidded much quicker, and she only gave us a single buckling who is the spitting image of her - pure white with bright blue eyes. There is already a sale pending for him.
We are sure when Levana was bred as we witnessed it and she did not go back in with a buck after that one afternoon. Rosie and Cowgirl (Monolete) did go back in with Kingfisher about a month later. Both of their udders seem a little small to us, but Cowgirl and Levana both look like their kids have dropped when I check on them today. We will be giving maternity haircuts this evening, so we shall see what is under all that winter hair.
Last year Kingfisher was only bred to two does and he produced only one daughter. But boy howdy were some of his boys gorgeous. We are of course hoping he gives us some pretty girls this time around. He is blue-eyed and the does are all blue-eyed so the odds are pretty good there will be a bunch of colorful blue-eyed kids very soon.