Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2 more babies—probably 2 more coming!

The Husband said he wanted a whole herd of goats, so I guess this will be his birthday present this year. We had 2 more kids born yesterday afternoon while we were both in work. Our ladies seem very capable of giving birth without any assistance from the humans.

And the really good news is that I think they are both doelings! A white one carrying her Saanen heritage from mama Rosie, and a brown one with 2 white feet who is looking a lot more like her daddy, Charlie.

The 2 kids and Beatrice in the last photo are all looking like their daddy, the Oberhasli/Alpine cross. Little boy on the left, new girl in the front, Beatrice behind, still looking a bit stunned that she produced that little buckling. 

That's a close-up of his cute little face in the photo below that I took while we were on our way to June's house to get him disbudded (horns removed). Now we will have to make another appointment to bring the girls. Not a pleasant thing for a week-old kid to go through (or for us to watch) but it truly takes about 1 minute, and it's better for them as a group that no one has horns to butt the others with.

I am very happy that this buckling-boy survived. He was born on one of the coldest, windiest days. He didn't seem to be able to (or want to) stand up the first day. If he doesn't stand, he can't eat. And mama Beatrice didn't seem to know what to do with him. But now it seems they both have it sorted out, and the other girls are interested enough in their own issues that they have stopped picking on Beatrice. Or maybe it's just that they are accepting her as a good mama now that she has stepped up her game. The little guy is getting to that cute bouncy stage that is so much fun to watch!

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