Our second of five pregnant does gave birth yesterday. A traditional red-headed doeling followed by a similar buckling. This is a bit unusual as more often than not, bucklings are born first. Both were very-good sized, much bigger at birth than Jessie’s three surviving quadruplets.
Ruby is our “loudmouth” doe, and the doeling takes after her. The human kids have decided to name her “Tweet,” after the T-37B trainer aircraft known as one of the loudest in the Air Force inventory (it was also known as the “6,000 dog whistle” and the “Converter” because it was the most efficient machine ever made for converting fuel into noise).
Tweet’s brother has been named “Hercules,” after the C-130. Herc is a big boy, and once he dried off weighed 11 pounds and 12 ounces, more than a pound heavier than Tweet, who was on the heavy side for a doeling (10 lbs 6 ounces).
We still have three girls left to kid, and the barn is getting full and loud!
The kidding season is upon us. One of our does, Jessie, has given birth and Ruby, Samy, Gracie, and Macie are waiting to follow.
Jessie gave birth, unassisted, to quadruplets. Unfortunately, #3 – a traditionally-colored doeling – was stillborn and could not be revived. However, the other three – a traditional buckling and two full-red doelings – are doing very well.
Kids will be available for sale, ready to be picked up in the May-June timeframe when they are weaned.
Macie, our doeling, doing her best impression of a helicopter:
A bit faster, and she might get enough lift to take off!
As the snow melted in this glorious sunny day, she and her brothers ventured out of the barn to frolic. More pictures are on our facebook page.
They’re 11 days old today and growing quickly – the largest buck is 17.4 lbs, while the smallest is 14.8.
The baby goats are now 5 days old and growing quickly, already skipping around the barn (they’re saving their pasture skipping for when the snow melts). We’ve posted more pics on our facebook page, but here are a couple of them: