Totes my goats!

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I do apologize for my absence… but, I’ve been a bit preoccupied! Merry, our second doe (another first freshener), kidded in the wee early morning hours on Friday. Triplets: two bucklings and one doe!!!

Also, Friday morning, one of our Shetland ewes, Serendipity, lambed: twin rams. But wait… there’s more!! This Sunday morning, Reece, lambed!! Triplets!!! Two ewe lambs and one ram lamb! Ditto last year!! Everyone is doing well!! More photos coming!!

Oh happy day!!

wooly wednesday: fuzzy babies

Perhaps not wooly, but, warm and fuzzy!! My daughter’s Oberhasli doe, Eowyn (aka ‘Fuzzy’) a first freshener, kidded first thing this morning. Twin bucklings (boys)!

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The first buckling was breech (back legs presented first) and needed a little assistance. Once ‘cleared’, his brother almost ‘popped’ out (normal presentation).

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Mama and boyz are doing fine! Oh happy day!

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I am thankful for a hubs who is ‘happy’ [hee hee..for the most part] to oblige my almost every sheep and goat whimsies!!!

This weekend, we moved the kids from the nursery into their new ‘temporary’ loafing pen! Happy goats love to hop, skip and play!!

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They have an in-and-out protected stall/pen area in addition to this little romp area. Don’t ‘ya just love Tractor Supply Company (TSC), T-posts, hog panels and zip ties?!? eeeeeee!

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They provide endless hours of entertainment for Katie’s horses (Neo and Nash)!

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Look, green grass!

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My sweet goat kids! The tallest head [second from the left] is Cassie’s daughter. She left a little bit of herself behind [sniff], so you know I’ll be keeping her!!!

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Take five… as in give me a desperately needed break! It’s been a busy last couple of weeks. Our two dairy does have both kidded and I’m pleased to say all are doing well! The goat milk is flowing [I love the tranquility of hand-milking — a very happy place for me]… and my bottle-babies are drinking every last drop!

Cassiopeia’s, our OberhasliXAlpine doe, produced twins: a doe [Meriadoc Brandybuck a.k.a. ‘Merry’] and buckling [Peregrin Took a.k.a. ‘Pippin’]. This was Cassie’s second ‘freshening‘ [last year she produced a single buck kid] and is a very heavy milker, producing an excess of 8-pounds per day!! Her kids are now 16-days old and growing by leaps and bounds! BTW, my daughter Katie, decided on Lord of the Ring name theme for her goat kids this year!

Coriander, our Oberhasli dairy doe, produced triplets: two doelings [possibly ‘Arwen’ and ‘Eowyn’… too similar sounding for me???]  and a buckling [Gimli] last Thursday!  This was Corey’s third ‘freshening’ and her very first doelings! YAY! We were monitoring Corey’s progress hourly through the night when the ‘goo’ first appeared. At 1 a.m., we found the first doeling wet and in the straw, apparently missing the birth by minutes!

A peak of the second kid’s hind legs were already visible, slightly extending from Corey’s vagina, heel-up/toe-down! A quick pelvic exam also revealed a blockage… a large head… to the third kid… with no legs in view[by touch/feel, that is]… a malpresentation! Everything went blurry from there as I worked quickly [ no-time for hysterics if you want to save the kid/doe] to push the breech back into the womb in order to manipulate the large head of the fetus and identify corresponding legs. Thank God, we manage to deliver the buckling [aka Gimli] and shortly thereafter, retrieve the ‘breech’ doeling…all alive and well! Phew! TOO MUCH DRAMA!!! I NEED A VACATION!!! That’s why I never the the barnyard when babies are due…cuz you never know when mama may need a little help!

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Corey’s triplets about 12-hours old, Gimli in the middle.

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Goat kids on parade!

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Exploring the great outdoors!

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Happy goat family.

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Looking for a good home soon!!!