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Terrific Twosomes

17 Nov

For some reason I got to thinking about my old ladies and how I don’t often keep both kids from twins, but two of my oldest goats are twins–Stormy and Litha, born in 2008.

Litha in 2015

They are the first set of two I kept because I just couldn’t decide which one to keep.  Then I had an epiphany and realized I could keep them both if I wanted to.  So I did.

Stormy from 2017

There are only two other sets of twins left in full:  Bonnie and Blaze (b. 2011)

Blaze and Bonnie from 2012

and Sidney and LilyAnn (although they are two of a set of triplets).  Honestly, their brother was the only nice one of the bunch.  Dang sweet boys.

Sidney, Andy and LilyAnn (front) in 2017

Anyhow.  I kept Flower and Bud (b. 2010), and Flower is still here.

Flower and Bud in 2016

Casey is here, but I just lost Cookie earlier in the fall.  They were also two of a set of three.

Casey and Cookie (b. 2011) in May 2019

I still have Coral (2011), but we lost her twin, Clover, last year.

Clover and Coral from 2011

Haley (b. 2011) lost her (triplet) sister Harley last year also.

Haley and Harley in 2012

I kept two sets who are both gone now–Maggie and Marley.

Maggie and Marley (my original “tail count” kids from 2009)

And Pistol and Vinnie.

Dolly with Pistol and Vinnie in 2010

I sometimes can’t believe how long I’ve been raising goats now.  They certainly do have a way of stealing your heart.

Cupid’s Kids

6 Apr

This morning, I went out to pasture and checked everyone before my work-from-home staff meeting.  All my girls due this week were just out in pasture happily eating.

Caroline, Marge in front of Cupid, Aphrodite, Joani, Zinnia, LilyAnn, Sidney, Cutie, and Milo

When I got done with my meeting, I immediately went to check on everyone. I found Cupid by herself in the barn in hard labor. Of course, I had to shut Popcorn in a pen before I could do anything without him glued to me.

Popcorn

It was only about thirty minutes later that she had two adorable  babies.  Sorry for the blurry cell phone pictures.  In keeping with the trend, she has one boy and one girl.

buck in front; doe in back

Almost as soon as they were born, Aurora was coming to check them out.

That’s why I put a panel across.  Aurora just wants to meet the kids, but new moms don’t really appreciate all the visitors right away.

Soon, Maybeline was coming in, too, because new babies are noisy.

Then it started sprinkling and the whole herd came up from pasture.

I did move the panel back so the others could at least come in the barn, but Cupid still has a big space for her and the kids to get acquainted.

I can hardly wait to see these two when they are fully dried off and out in the sun.

Cupid washing Tiger

Tansy showing off her white stripe.

I present to you Tansy and Tiger!

More Kids!

13 Mar

You might have figured out from my previous post that more girls have had their babies.  Here they are in order.  Tuesday night right before bed, Cutie had her twins.

She has a buck and a doe.

Cutie’s buck (with sister in the back)

Cutie’s doe

Then Zinnia had her babies at 2:00 am on March 11th.

Zinnia washing her doe with her buck to the left

She also has a buck and a doe.

Then next morning Wanda had hers.  She is the one I’ve been worried about with her back injury.  She wouldn’t push, and I was afraid to wrestle with her to get them out, so I called the vet to help me.

Wanda and her new twins (sorry for the bad cell phone picture)

She also has a little buck and a little doe.

Wanda’s buck

Wanda and her doe

And then there’s Athena.  I thought she was going to kid Thursday night, so I wanted to shut her in the garage where it’s warmer and I don’t have to worry about wind.

Full udder with the hair away from her teats

I got her in there. Of course, I bribed her with food and then drug her through the building.  It wasn’t long before Wanda and Annie were picking on her and she escaped while I was bringing a panel in to build a pen.  Sooo… I had to catch her again and shut her in.

Athena

When I did my 1:15ish check, she had kids.  She was cleaning the second one off, and the first was getting chilled, so I took him into the soap room to warm up with heat and some colostrum from the freezer.

Athena with the doe she claimed

When I returned him to his maa, she hit him and then knocked me on my butt.  So I now have a bottle kid.  I sent him home with my mom because I worry about Sky. He’ll get spoiled by her.

Athena’s rejected buck

She is being a doting mom to her little girl.

We seem to be on a roll of the buck/doe combination. That just leaves one more for spring break kids!

Come on, Annie!  Farmer Teresa wants to sleep all night!