What? How is this possible, you say?! Her children are 10 and 13! No. It is not what you are thinking and I hope that may never be ther case.
Tonight,(as I was getting ready to leave the house for a chance away from the children) my goats began the kidding process. The youngest goat was the first bred this winter and she gave birth to two kids tonight. It was not the most graceful of birthing processes, I must say. Kinda gross, as a matter of fact. She wasn’t quite letting go of the placenta and I had to help with that, but later on she finally expelled the rest.
She had one buck(male) and one doe(female). She had no idea what to do with them, other than clean them and call to them to imprint. She took a really long time and so did the kids to figure out how to go about nursing. She did finally figure it out, but it is clearly going to be touch and go with her. I will have to watch carefully to make sure they are getting fed. I stuck her and the newborns in a kidding pen in hopes of less moving about, so they have a better chance to suckle.
All in all, a successful first kidding. I was surprised. It totally figured she would have them at the very moment that I had an opportunity to finally get out of my house with out my children for a little while. I will have to find another way for that to happen on another day. Hopefully, these babes will thrive. I am exhausted and stinky. I must shower and hit the sack.
Enjoy the pictures. There will be more in the morning, but these were the initial shots as we found them in the barn this evening.
Saturday began with me forcing myself awake after partying till midnight, at 7:ooam. I had to be out the door by 8:15am for a Goat Pasture Walk/Famache Training. The boys were still asleep when I was picked up by my goat and alpaca friend, Sharon H. We were seated in a cold garage with many other farming folks, then presented an extemely educational lecture/powerpoint by Dr. Cameen, Vet. It was absolutely wonderful to learn about all the species of parasite infestations that occur with in our animals and how to detect them. We were allowed to bring a sample of fecal matter to have an Egg count taken. I was surprised to find my animals need to be treated but nothing horrible. We then had a nice lunch and walked around the farm that was hosting the event and learned how they managed their goat program. It was great to get together with folks that have an interest in raising goats for breeding and meat. There was lots of brainstorming for market resources and such while we were walking around.
I am very thankful to the Norwich and Binghamton CCE folk, Janet and Brian for putting this together.
After goat stuff, I arrived home around 3:30pm to a quite house. My family had gone swimming for a couple hours again. As soon as they arrived, we packed up the boys and we off to my parents home. They were sitting for us so we could have a night out.
I brought S. to the Cranberry Coffee house for a concert by Amy Gallatin. It was fun and more country than I had expected, but still some amazing musicians. We enjoyed our time and yummy pies. At mid-night we arrived home with the boys and sacked out! Good day overall!