We have a nest camera in the barn over the two stalls we have been using for kidding. One doe is in the stall on the right because she is close to her due date and we are watching her. The other doe has a couple of kids that were born last Thursday. I got to do my first assist that night when the little buck came out one foot and tail first. That was scary. I don't think I hurt her but she is being very quiet. She has not felt like doing much till today. In fact she didn't want to be out of close range of her babies at all. So I was surprised when Bennie told me he had let them out for a bit.
I was really surprised when I brought up my camera from work to check on the pregnant doe and a saw my tiny tiny little doeling trying jump up on Cal Pernia the pregnant doe. She did it not once but three times. That caused more movement from Cal Pernia than I have seen in a while. She shot up and chased that little girl out of the stall and I did not spot either of them for several minutes. Apparently, Bennie had decided to give the quiet ones the run of the barn aisle for the afternoon. The doeling was fine, but I did have a scare. In the picture below the babies are in their stall and mom is visiting Cal Pernia with the little girl asleep on the ledge. So they must have worked out.
I worked 9-6 today so I got to take a morning walk around the place inspecting what the rains had done and how spring was coming along. I found where Chester had been thoughtful enough to divide some of my comfrey for me. He had climbed that big hill and and dissected the plant and planted pieces of it in the walk by the pool. Rather than criticize his handiwork I got my trowel and moved the new healthy plants to more appropriate locations. Five free plants! Win win.
I found all the baby goats sleeping in their stalls looking snug with their mommies. They crawled into the plastic tote that I use to carry hay and have been using it as a sleeping area. Bennie didn't have to bottle feed Daphne the little doe I was worried about this morning as he says her little belly was round and full. So good to know they're doing well.
There's five baby goats big enough to play outside now. They looked so cute yesterday afternoon running around and around the big round bale of hay out in the pasture.
Melinda and Bennie Pepper
We work in technology but are homesteaders at heart. We're trying to set up our homestead with productive systems that are sustainable. We have Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens and are trying to garden and raise fruit trees.