They say that when it rains, it pours. That's certainly been the case here these past few weeks, as the barnyard has turned into a soupy, muddy mess. But it's true metaphorically, too. We're kidding here at Kleinshire. Really, we are. And I don't mean that metaphorically.
I call your attention to "Oreo, the ladies' man," posted to the blog approximately 145 days ago when we purchased our very first herd sire from Starlight Farms, hosted at the time by Nigerian Meadows (whose owner has been a great goat mentor to Rosemary). The timing is significant because the gestational period for goats is approximately 145-150 days. It seems that Oreo had gotten right down to business.
The excitement began Saturday morning when Caroline, our herd matriarch, proudly displayed a pair of brand, spanking-new baby goats to me when I went to do chores. No kidding, Caroline had kidded all by herself during the night, apparently without any problems.
|Here is Caroline, our her matriarch, with her two new kids on Saturday morning.|
One of the first things to do, of course, is determine what genders the kids are. We're definitely hoping for doelings as we attempt to increase our own milk production. Bucklings, on the other hand, will mostly be sold off as whethers or possibly, if they're high quality, as herd sires. All the goats are registrable, of course. Caroline, in any case, had one of each, a little black-and-brown doeling and a much bigger black-and-white buckling. Both have blue eyes, a desirable trait according to many owners of Nigerian dwarves.
|"It's a girl!" Rosemary proclaims.|
|Here is Caroline's little buckling happily nursing away.|
|Brother and sister, looking cute.|
|Here's the first of Tam's babies, a doeling, being born. We posted a video of one of the other births to Facebook.|
Tam gave us two doelings and one buckling. One of the doelings is on the smaller side, while the other two are larger. The larger doeling is a little stand-offish like her mother. We'll have to work on that.
|Tam with her three kids.|
We were a little worried about Edel because her last kidding, right before we had purchased her, was very difficult. We separated her from the others, made her as comfortable as we could, and checked on her regularly. She may be the smallest of the females, but she's also the loudest. In any case, sure enough, Rosemary's check at 3 a.m. found Edel accompanied by a single large, spunky buckling who was already cleaned up and happily nursing away.
|Edel with her single buckling.|
|A closer shot of Edel's buckling. He looks like he'll be a handsome buck someday. Good bloodlines and blue eyes!|
|Here's a shot of Tam's triplets cozily tucked in the corner of their stall this evening.|
|Caroline's kids are becoming very playful.|
|Cletus gets the final word, a word he's beginning to learn well as he awaits his own younger sibling: "BABY!"|