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.