Posts Tagged ‘Nigerian Dwarf goat kids’

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Twin doe kids for Allie & Sunshine!

June 9, 2009

When we went out to give the bottle babies their mid-day feeding I noticed Allie was laying on her side in the kidding shed.   Told Bekah we better hurry and get the bottles given cause I thought Allie was going to be having babies soon.

Sure enough an hour later we had babies and Bekah and I got to watch the whole thing from start to finish.  And it was a good thing we were there.  The first sack didn’t break, and I could see the babies mouth moving so I broke the sack.   Beautiful color on baby #1 – lots of flash.

Just seconds old

Just seconds old

The sack broke on baby #2 but it got stuck with just its head out.   I snapped a couple of pictures and than realized that things were not progressing as they should.  Felt around and discovered that both front feet were back.   I carefully fished them around and out and then the rest of the delivery went smoothly.

"Hey - get me out of here!"

"Hey - get me out of here!"

I was so excited when I realized that baby #1 was a doe, and when I checked baby #2 I just couldn’t believe that we had another doe.   I checked both of them a second time just to be sure.  Momma and babies are all doing well and now we are left with the “chore” of picking out two more names that start with “R” for these lovely little ladies.

Allie cleaning up baby #2

Allie cleaning up baby #2

Ari checking out baby #1.  He wasn't interested in seeing the birth.

Ari checking out baby #1. He wasn't interested in seeing the birth.

Baby #1 - look at all that flash!

Baby #1 - look at all that flash!

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Day 144 for Allie

June 7, 2009

I moved Allie over into the maternity paddock on Friday evening.    June 13th will be day 150 for her and is her “offical” due date.   But Nigerian Dwarfs actually have a “normal kidding range” of 145-150 days.   No sign of impending labor today, but she is craving even more attention than usual so I know we are getting close.

Allie on day 144 of her 4th pregnancy.

Allie on day 144 of her 4th pregnancy.

The other goat kids are all doing well.  Millie is sometimes letting Rocky and Rita play a little bit with Ramie and Rudy.   As soon as Allie kids I will probably move everyone but Allie and her kid(s) over to the larger pasture.   Richocet, Reggie and Rudy are all scheduled to go to their new home on the 1st of July.  My days of bottle feeding are, God willing, almost over!

Rocky trying to entice his older half sister Ramie into playing with him.

Rocky trying to entice his older half sister Ramie into playing with him.

Ramie at 2 1/2 months.  She will be staying here on the "ranch".

Ramie at 2 1/2 months. She will be staying here on the "ranch".

Bekah getting some love from Rocky

Bekah getting some love from Rocky

Rita & Rocky being silly kids!

Rita & Rocky being silly kids!

Rita giving me a little sugar.  She is such a sweetie!

Rita giving me a little sugar. She is such a sweetie!

In other news I sold our tractor on Thursday.  Going to miss it, but with the new focus being on the goats it isn’t quite as necessary.  And I can hire out for tractor jobs for cheaper than I can own it right now.

Now I just need to find a buyer for my heifers.  I am going to be sad to see them go, but I just have wrap my head around the new direction we are going (concentrating on Nigerian Dwarf goats) and put my energies into that.

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Nothing like newborn kids…

May 29, 2009

There is nothing like newborn kids to show you how much the older kids have grown in two months time.  All four of the babies born in March are now in the big goat pasture and Millie and her twins have the maternity paddock to themselves.   So far the older kids have shown only a mild interest in their new half siblings.

Millie continues to be a great momma, and is very attentive.   At least for now it appears she will be an easy milker, but the proof will be in what happens once she is actually up on the milk stand in a couple of weeks.    While she is definitely a one finger milker (which I’m used to) the flow has been very fast,  and she has stood still while in the pasture.   In fact Bekah even snuck over and tried milking her and Millie mostly tolerated it.

We also settled on names for these twins.  The doe is going to be called “Rita” which means pearl in Spanish.   And the buck will be called Rochester – Rocky for short.

Ari & Bekah feeding Molly's babies - Rudy & Ramie

Ari & Bekah feeding Molly's babies - Rudy & Ramie

"Rocky" and "Rudy" getting aquainted through the fence

"Rocky" and "Rudy" getting aquainted through the fence

Rita with her momma Millie looking on

Rita with her momma Millie looking on

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Millie had her babies early!

May 27, 2009

Millie wasn’t due until the 6th of June, but she surprised us with an adorable set of twins this afternoon.

The doeling is mostly white with gold spots and it appears blue eyes. The buckling is very flashy and could very well end up as a herd sire like his half brother Ricochet! So far we haven’t come up with names for them yet.

Bekah and Ari went out to play around 5pm and came running back into the house yelling “Millie has babies!!!!” I didn’t believe them at first, but sure enough, two brand new little ones.

It was a great day to have them, sunny and 74 with only a slight breeze. And I am happy that I won’t have to be sleeping out in the kidding shed waiting for their arrival!

Buck kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Buck kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Doe kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Doe kid born to Millie and Sunshine

Bekah holding the buckling while a worried Millie looks on.

Bekah holding the buckling while a worried Millie looks on.

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Goat Kid Update

March 22, 2009

I am happy to report that Reginald (Reggie) is doing markedly better this morning.  He is now walking, and actually walked out onto the porch of the kidding shed to survey the big world.

Ricochet (Ricky) is living up to his name, and is a bouncy, inquisative boy with quite the personality.

After the rocky start on motherhood, Mame’ is doing much better.  She does tend to pay more attention to Ricky, but she is doing better about taking care of Reggie and responding when he calls.    She was so engorged this morning that I milked her a bit and she stood still for me without any sort of restraint at all.   Hopefully that will be the case when I finally get her up in the milk stand as well.

I took the above video about 2am while I was out sleeping with the goats.