We tried it last week, but just couldn't take the screaming so we waited a week and tried separating mom's and babies today. Much quieter! Not that there isn't still some hollering but its not as frantic.
After some discussion we decided to go ahead and make Gold Rush a bottle baby so she is in with the two older doelings. We have a really nice set up for them this year that provides space to bottle feed out of the rain. Well actually we had that before, it just wasn't space tall enough for me. :) We even lucked out and found the perfect sized wooden spool at the power company so they have a platform and spool to play on and I am hoping to get at least one taller platform built for them too.
Maple is a shy doe who has never completely warmed up to us since joining our herd last fall. She stands off to the side and watches but doesn't actively seek attention.
Today was hoof trimming day and when it came her turn she submitted quietly. I glanced up to see her leaning her head on Bekah's shoulder while Bekah talked softly to her. Even when I stepped back to get the camera she stayed there apparently taking comfort in Bekah's presence.
While Maple will never be the the attention seeker that Choc-o-latte or Confetti are, I think she is finally starting to see that humans can be her friend afterall.
Millie kidded this evening with a single large doe kid. I knew she wasn't nearly as large as last year but I was expecting at least twins.
Thankfully, this is a beautiful golden girl who will be staying in our herd. And as a bonus she is a color I don't already have in my herd. :)
I know you "can't milk color" but she has the same genetics as her sister Rita - so I'm hoping for the same production out of her as well.
Today is day 143 for Millie, but while she looks uncomfortable I don't think she is going to be kidding any time soon. However to be on the safe side, she will start spending her nights in the kidding stall - days too if it is at all rainy.
I don't think she will favor us with quads this year, but I would be happy to have twin or dare I hope, triplet doe kids out of her.
My camera battery charger died, and I just finally got a replacement in for it, so yesterday was my first time taking pictures in a bit - talk about withdrawals! I took 130+ pictures in less than an hour out in the pasture. Here are just a sampling of the ones I took.