And Baby Makes 11!

Or 18, depending on how you want to count…

Eighteen goats, 11 kids born this year!  This evening we procrastinated going out to do chores – which turned out to be a good thing.  As I was giving grain to the kids, I heard a big goat grunting, looked over towards the sound, and saw Tigerlily laying in a corner, trying to lick her hind end and bawling a little bit.  Why is she not fighting over all the fresh hay and grain like the others???  I watched her for a minute and then told Keith that I thought a kid was about to be born.

We went in there and, sure enough, two little feet and most of the face was sticking out.  A little black kid!  Very exciting since most of our kids are mostly brown.  This is only the 3rd black kid we’ve had – the 2nd this year.  I got a towel quick and wiped off the kids nose so she could breathe.  By this time Andrew came out to see what we were up to and was so excited to see the little baby face sticking out.  Tigerlily stood up for a minute or two, then laid back down and started to push.  She was making progress, but it’s hard to watch and not help, so I used the towel to grab her little feet and gave a little tug as Tigerlily pushed and out the kid flopped.  It is another girl, bringing our count to 9 does and 2 bucks.  Now that she’s dried off more, we see that her color isn’t solid black.  It’s kind of marbled deep chocolate brown and black, with white ears and a little white cap on her head.  Very intriguing coloring.  I tried to capture it in these photos.

This was somewhat of a surprise.  We’d been wondering for about 2 months if she was pregnant.  She’s one of last year’s runty kids.  Probably her growth was stunted by coccidia and we really didn’t think she was large and mature enough to have kids.  But her belly was getting wide, so we wondered.  Just this morning I thought I saw that her udder had expanded, but I only caught a quick glance and then forgot to take a better look when I got in the barn.  It’s still quite small, but hopefully she’ll be able to produce enough milk to feed one kid.  The thought of starting bottle feeding all over again for another 8 weeks isn’t a happy one.  I only have 2 weeks to go with the other group.  I don’t have any plans of milking this goat this year.  That udder is just too small at this point.  If she can just nurse her kid I’ll be a happy camper!

We also noticed that Rosie is looking rather wide all of a sudden.  She’s 2 and has never kidded.  The question:  Is she pregnant?  Or is she just really enjoying the new alfalfa hay we’ve bought?