Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Claribelle Kidded!!

I got a little behind posting here with our new arrivals. Claribelle kidded March 26th with. . . . TRIPLET BUCKS!!! :Z
Thursday morning about 7:30am, Claribelle was looking very much ready to pop and crying a little. We moved her to a stall and she started pushing almost immediately. I was watching to see how the baby was coming and saw a tail and what I thought were two hooves. . . nope, the baby was coming out hocks first with legs tucked underneath him (breech?) Claribelle popped him out all on her own with very little assistance. I was sooo happy with her!! She is a superb kidder! The second and third boys came very quickly and easily.
So, I have my first set ever of all boys. . . we have never had all boys in a kidding. There's always been at least one doe - but there's a first time for everything, I guess. At least they are very handsome! The largest inherited his sire's blue eyes and the two younger have their mom's adorable brown eyes. Claribelle's udder looks really great too!! I am hoping for a doe the next time around!

The babies are about a month old in the photo above. They are so cute and sweet!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rosie Kidded!!

Rosie kidded Monday morning around 8:30am! She had been acting strange since about noon on Sunday - udder had filled and was very tight, ligs gone, etc. . . It seemed to be taking her a long time to get going. I was getting quite worried that something wasn't quite right. She did have a c-section her first kidding; she had a very, very large single buck kid that was simply too big. So, naturally I was very worried about her. Rosie was my very first goat and is my precious pet. :)

So, we called the vet and said that we'd just bring her in, we didn't want to risk any problems and our vet is almost an hour away. My brother was getting the crate all set up in the truck and I went to go get Rosie from her stall. I walk into the barn and hear small little bleats!! Rosie had a beautiful caramel doeling on the ground and was busy cleaning her up!! :D Ran for towels and started drying baby girl off. I looked behind Rosie and sadly, she had a second doeling that looked like she was stillborn. . . she was still in the sack and quite a bit smaller. I worked with her a good while but she was gone. :(
My aunt was here for the birth and was able to witness Rosie's last kid, a black agouti buckling be born. He came out rear feet first but it was quick, unassisted, and uneventful. Thank goodness!!!

So, I fretted and worried for no reason! Rosie knew exactly what she was doing and she is such an attentive, loving, and protective mother!! I don't plan on breeding her again because I'd rather not take chances but she will enjoy these babies and live her life out as my special pet. :)

The photos above were taken when the babies were two days old. Both kids will be for sale to wonderful homes when they are weaned - let me know if you are interested! :D

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Just an Update. . .

The goats are all doing very well! Life is pretty darn good. :)

Claribelle is looking like she'll burst any second. I find it hard to believe she is still holding onto those kids. I thought for sure she would be kidding in mid-February, but she proved me wrong by going with her March 25th due date. Hoping she has triplets!!

Our three Pygmy goat does will be due around the time Claribelle is due, so we'll be swimming in little kiddos by the end of this month. ;) I am kind of nervous about our Pygmy does kidding. . . hoping for quick and easy deliveries! Everyone looks like they'll be having multiples, so that is good. I love single babies -- but not with the small Pygmy does, it's too easy for that single kid to get too large.

Iris kidded 2/26 with triplets! Two bucks and a doe, all three of her kids inherited blue eyes! They are gorgeous babies! The little doe kid was pretty weak so I took her in for bottle-feeding. She is now partly bottle-baby but also nurses from my milkers when they are in the stanchion. Her brother will most likely be going to Idaho as a future sire. Her other brother is for sale as a buck, if anyone is interested. ;)

All of our other little babies are doing great and growing big! Lyla's single doe kid is growing sooo fast! She is nearly the same size as Honey's triplets, who are a month older than her!