May on the Farm: Countdown!
After our what has felt like ages, kidding season is just a matter of days away. We’ve never started this late, usually we’re done by April or May, but after two missed opportunities in November and December, we were off to a very late start. It’s actually easier in some respects to wait until early summer, we don’t have to worry about inclement weather on delivery day or chilly nights for the newborns (done both, not fun!). But without having new life around it just never really felt like spring, so we are all very excited about the days ahead. I thought it would be fun to share a pictures of our mamas-to-be.
Peanut should be kidding Friday or shortly afterwards. Peanut is such a devoted mom, and this will be her third time kidding. The first year she had a doeling and a buckling, her girl Hazel looks like her clone to the point I can’t tell them apart from a distance. Last year she threw twin bucklings, who were total mama boys. This year it looks like she’s on track for twins again (goats, especially the minis, tend to have multiples), but you never know, it could be more!
Like her sister Petunia (pictured above). Petunia is part herd queen, part drama queen, scolding us out of bed every morning at the crack of dawn when she’s in milk. She produces a lot of milk, so I can’t blame her wanting to get up on that stanchion. She also produces a lot of kids. Her first year she had triplets, and last year, to our amazement (and the vet’s via telephone) she threw quintuplets! It was such an amazing experience to witness, and especially since the first four were doelings (just what you want when you raise dairy goats!) She looks huge, poor girl, so we’ll have to wait and see but I think it’s safe to say we need to come up with several baby names.
Georgia is due June 12th. She’s our first mini-Nubian, larger than the Nigerian Dwarfs but much easier to handle compared to a full size Nubian. We got her from Two Moons Farm in Glen Ellen, but we didn’t realize at the time that breeding her was going to be so tricky! The breed starts by breeding a full size Nubian doe to a Nigerian Dwarf buck for the first generation, and then bred generation by generation to other mini-Nubians so that by the sixth generation they have the Nubian features (basset ears and Roman nose). So we had to drive her all the way to Folsom to find a suitable match. It will be her first time kidding, she is such a funny goat I can’t wait to see her as a mom.
In some ways I’m most excited about Beatrice. She is one of Petunia’s kids, born here two years ago, and the first of our does born on the farm to be kidding—a second generation!
So, one week left of waiting (and sleeping in!) Soon we’ll be up much earlier to milk and to bottle feed, happily and eagerly, because there is nothing more adorable than baby goats.