For five long years we have waited to get a doe kid out of Alex and it has finally happened Tuesday morning! Her first born this year is a darling dark gold DOE kid. Her buckling is super cute too and looks like Neapolitan ice cream. Needless to say the doe kid will be retained. The buckling will be available as a wether once weaned.
Next up to kid are Tanya Tucker (Tide) and Violet (Colby). We are still holding out hope that Emmylou is bred (Colby) but she isn't showing any signs of udder and we should be seeing something by now with a due date in two weeks. Tanya is due July 4th and we aren't sure when Violet is due, we had her written down as due this week, but she doesn't have enough udder development for that.
Colby was new to his job, and many of the does he was suppose to cover were first fresheners. We are hoping that this fall he will be ready to really get the job done for us and we will have lots of Colby babies next spring.
Normally we are wrapping up kidding by this time of year instead of just getting started. But with the barn not getting finished until we had a foot or more of snow on the ground had a damper effect on heats. So here we are.
On Sunday afternoon I heard a quite repetitive noise and went to check on the girls. Jasmine was the one making the noise and was obviously in labor. Then I glanced over and noticed Dahlia was also in labor and on closer inspection she had already silently produced a single buckling. I called for help and got both of them moved to the kidding pen, where Dahlia proceeded to give us quads! Not bad for a three year old first freshener! I guess she was making up for lost time.
Her doe kids are super tiny, but they are both fighters and seem to be doing just fine.
Meanwhile Jasmine, a 2 year old first freshener was laboring on the other side of then pen. She produced a single colorful doe kid. Once we realized she only had a single kid, we quickly took Dahlia's 3rd kid - a buckling - and moved him over for Jasmine to clean up. She took to him immediately and he sticks quite close to her.
Then on Monday morning Levana who looked big enough to have quads produced a single LARGE buckling. In fact he is so big he probably outweighs all of Dahlia's quads combined. He is the spitting image of his dam - pure white with bright blue eyes.
All six kids are out of High Tide, and all have blue eyes. Tide's buck to do ratio is 50/50 so far, which is unusual for him as he tends to throw mostly doe kids.. Hopefully when Alex kids today she will finally give us a doe kid or two and improve his ratio.
I have been known to go on long distance road trip or two to pick up a new goat but picking up Kingfisher in Maryland was without the most epic goat road trip yet!
The whole family went on this two week, 22 state trip and along the way we got to see many friends and family. Kingfisher who was only 7 weeks old when we picked up him up was a good traveler and attracted a crowd of admirers wherever we went.
So what makes this guy so special? His dam has an LA score of 90 and his sire was the 2014 ADGA spotlight sale Nigerian Dwarf buck. His paternal grand-dam is the amazing Summerbird LA score of 91. (see pictures below)
Very excited to see what this sweet heart of a kid will add to our herd.