Monday, February 20, 2012

Kidding Season has begun! 2 sets of triplets!

Kidding season here on the ranch has started! Friday afternoon the first doe kidded, and another doe kidded yesterday afternoon. Both MiniNubians! Both were sets of triplets! There's about 5 more due within the next week, and then lots more after that.

The first doe was PawPawNin LaWanda. She was bred by our buck Pugsy, a MiniNubian buckling we retained last year. She had 2 doelings and a buckling. Beautiful babies. At the moment I don't have any pictures of any of the kids uploaded onto the computer. Will have to get some!

Yesterday evening I was out getting the milkers, and heard a kid scream. I looked through the herd, didn't find anything. Looked in the barn - nothing. Still heard the faint sound of a newborn kid crying. I figured maybe it was a lamb, so I headed that way. As I was walking down there I passed a set of dog houses and there was a goat in there with tiny triplets! It was PawPawNin Verona, a MiniNubian doe who I bred last year and completely forgot to write a due date down on (the only one I didn't write down!)...oops. She had 2 doelings and a buckling also. Due to her being so small, her kids are always SO petite. She is the doe who had our famous little "Tic-Tac" last year - go here and here to see some adorable pictures of him!
This year, the little buckling is 2 1/2 lbs (just half a pound bigger than Tic-Tac was), and the two doelings are just slightly heavier - 3 1/2 to 4 lbs each. All are doing very good though, praise the Lord!

Well, hopefully I can get some pictures up here soon.

Have a good day y'all!



Kris said...

How exciting!! Goat kids are great. I am looking for mine in the next few weeks. I only have 2 does and they are both due about the same time. Sandy has the gooey rear a little bit already. Can't wait to see hers. She is Nubian and I bred her to an actual Nubian buck this time! So we will have long floppy ears again.

Have fun and I hope all goes well with all your does. Sounds like it's a doe year there. I hope I get a few this year. Mine seem to like having boys. I was talking to someone the other day and he gets about 50/50 and I said I always get boys. He said it's a Selinium deficiency. So next year they get lots of Selinium, which we are dificient in here.

Brenda said...

Congratulations! I hope you have a successful kidding season.

Kris said...

Do y'all keep your ram in with the ewes all the time? I just put my 3 soon to lamb ewes in a separate area away from the ram last night. He was starting to aggravate some of them. Then I talked to a friend who I got the ram from and she said she never separates the ram from her ewes. I don't know. He is just annoying right now. He is with the 2 Finn ewes which, if they are pregnant, aren't very far along. I wanted him with them to make sure they are pregnant before I make a descision about what to do with him. Just wondered what y'all did there.

Good Goats said...

Hello Kris,

No, we keep our rams and ewes separate most of the time. When a ewe is in heat, we'll bred her. Or, we will house a ram with a group of ewes for a month or two to make sure they all settle. Then they are separated again.

If your ram has been with your ewes for awhile, I would assume that they are bred.