When I purchased Jasmine in June, I was told that she was bred to the blue eyed buck Diji WP Blu Dyumani with an expected kidding date of 7/30/09. She just hasn't looked all that pregnant to me, but she does have enough body length to hide a kid or two, and her udder is filling so I can't discount that she may in fact be due any day now. If that EDD was correct today would be day 147, and would explain her nest building behavior yesterday afternoon.
But I happened to take a closer look at the service memo last night and she was supposedly bred on March 6th, which would mean that today would be day 144. (Normal gestation range for Nigerians is 145-150 days.)
And just to muddy the waters a little further, its not entirely certain that she was actually bred on that date. She could have been bred by the "clean-up" buck that was put in with the herd in April. Which would put her kidding date sometime between the end of August and the end of September.
Oh and did I mention our heat wave that tends to make all of our goats behave differently than normal, so a change in behavior could mean the early stages of labor or just that the heat is taking its toll.
All that to say there will be many trips outside to check on her until she either kids or we are able to determine that she won't be kidding until a later date.
The folks buying the cows drove down yesterday from north of Spokane and we loaded up the milk stanchion, cows and Oscar this morning. I was surprised at how much weight Oscar has gained in the two weeks since he was born. When he was first minutes old I easily picked him up and carried him, but I had to have help this morning and he still felt very heavy.
Maggy, Matilda & Oscar in the corral yesterday evening
Monday afternoon, just before the brand inspector arrived Maggy broker her halter, when I had her tied and was trying to apply fly spray. So as soon as the inspection was over I ran to the feed store to get her a new one. Then I tried to catch her again, but she was having none of that. Guess she figured she was going to get sprayed again if I did catch her.
Last year I entered five photos in the county fair and won a special award and first place ribbon on a picture of Bekah with our wether when he was a newborn, and a third place for the picture of our herd sire Sunshine when we first got him.
This year I also entered five photos, but only one of them was of a goat. This picture of Ricochet, taken when he was a few days old, received a 3rd place ribbon. He apparently he is carrying on in his father's footsteps in more way than one.
I think I need to figure out how to enter more goat pictures, since those seem to be a hit with the judges.
This morning I cleared out the playhouse from the last round of kidding, and then spread fresh straw down and moved Jasmine into the play yard and house that double as the kidding shed and pen.
We have a pending sale on our little cow herd, with pick-up tentatively scheduled for the 24th of this month. I went out in the field to take some more pictures for the buyer, and Matilda kept a watchful eye but allowed me to approach. Oscar came trotting over to say "hi" and then momma called him back.
I sure am going to miss my beautiful girls! So to cheer myself up, I took the kids up to Cordova Crest Farms to look at some bucklings I am considering as potential herd sires. Very cute little guys, but Bekah fell in love with the two week old doelings.
They are very cute, especially the white one - she was just so full of personality. There is also a beautiful gold buckskin doe available that was born on hubbies birthday this year. Had to keep reminding myself we were there to see the boys. The buckling on the far right is the one we are most interested in, but he is only a month old and needs to grow a little more before we can truly evaluate his potential.
Well after the rough start to the mother-son relationship last night, Matilda and Oscar seem to finally be bonded and Matilda is keeping a very watchful eye on him.
About 7:30pm Bekah came in the house and said "Mom if you go outside, Matilda will have her baby." So went and checked and sure enough Matilda was in active labor.
The milk stand for the goats sits on a covered patio about 50 ft away from the goats pasture. Allie loves to be milked and any chance she gets will run and get on the milk stand. No worries about her running off at all.
In addition to the goats and chickens we also have a couple of two year old Irish Dexter heifers one of which is due to calve on July 11th. They are both currently for sale, as hubby has asked that I concentrate on the goats, since they are safer for our children to be around.
Last night I separated Matilda from her half sister Maggy and penned her in the corral where I could keep a closer eye on her. Today I gave her a good brushing and had an extensive hands on inspection. Her udder appears to be bagging up quite nicely and I could just barely feel her ligaments, so she seems to be right on schedule. Of course we are hoping for a heifer calf, but at this point any healthy calf would be just fine.