Kidding Season

Madonna's kid

Madonna’s kid

We’re in kidding season now.  We have 11 cute new faces on the farm now, with more on the way.

Rose and her twins

Rose and her twins

Nellie's twins

Nellie’s twins

Madonna's kid is so cute she gets a second photo

Madonna’s kid is so cute she gets a second photo

Unfortunately it hasn’t all been joyful.  We lost our good goat Bonnie, who was carrying triplets.  Fortunately one of her kids survived.

Our orphan bottle baby who Cherie named Neo.  Here he is expressing his thanks.

Our orphan bottle baby who Cherie named Neo. Here he is expressing his thanks.

We had five more born last night–triplets from Sharona and twins from Norma Jean.  No pictures yet, but you’ll probably see some soon.

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39 comments on “Kidding Season

  1. Buffy says:

    Nothing cuter than baby goats!

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I remember Bonnie. I’m sorry you lost her. But, oh, the babies are wonderful. In the first photo, Madonna’s kid looks about a hundred years old: serious, and wise.

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    • Bill says:

      Bonnie has been with us a long time. It was a horrible situation. Worst we’ve ever had. We even called out a vet, which we’ve never done before for a kidding situation. The kid who lived is stocky, feisty and one of the healthiest looking kids we’ve ever had. Amazing appetite.

      Good observation about Madonna’s kid. She does have a face like that. 🙂

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  3. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, I’m so sorry to hear about Bonnie. I’m glad you were able to save one of Bonnie’s triplets and that he is taking to being an orphan so readily. I suspect Neo will become one of the special goats of this year just because of his display of affection. The eleven new faces will be a good increase to your tribe of goats. May all the remaining goats left to birth have easy, natural, uneventful births. The second picture of Rose and the twins is precious. You can see a smile on her face as she shows off her kids. She looks to be a good mother.

    Have a great day with the new kids.

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    • Bill says:

      We started with perfect deliveries and healthy babies but have run into some problems today. Still, we have lots of happy healthy new kids on the farm and more on the way. We’ve just now come in from tending to the latest four. Rose is a first-time mama and everything has been smooth sailing for her and her kids.

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  4. Madonna’s kid has an impish face … adorable. So sorry about losing Bonnie. I don’t know how you do it … it takes courage I’m not sure I have. But, those sweet faces certainly help …

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    • Bill says:

      We were very fond of Bonnie and she was a good gentle goat. It was sad to lose her. But it happens. I hope I never get to the point that it doesn’t hurt.

      Madonna’s kid is just crazy cute. Looks like a stuffed toy. It’s her second time kidding and she’s never had any problems at all. We sure like that.

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  5. BeeHappee says:

    How cute!!!!! Will are waiting for lambing season to start here at a local farm, but few more weeks to go. Thank you for the pictures. Love Rose and twins picture. And Cherie with her new baby.

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    • Bill says:

      Rose’s kids are really pretty, and spunky. Neo has a great personality and is already turning out to be quite a character. We’ve had 15 so far (I think) and we should have a bunch more on the way. Hoping for good weather.

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  6. Joanna says:

    Just lovely! Sorry to hear about Bonnie though

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks. The situation with Bonnie was very tough. The second kid was a whopper (like the first one) and he was breech. We got him out but the third kid, and poor Bonnie, didn’t make it.

      But meanwhile we have lots of happy little kids frolicking around now and that’s a very good thing. 🙂

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  7. farmerkhaiti says:

    Wow, I forgot you had goats! That’s a lot of babies. I think they look so awkward those first coupl days- all sort of swollen and poofy like stuffed animals! Condolencenses on your triplet doe, so sad.

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  8. Farmgirl says:

    So sorry about Bonnie. Those are some really, really cute pictures though. Our kids will be here late spring this year. I will have to live through you until then! Good looking babies!

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    • Bill says:

      You are wise to have them born in the spring. We used to control when they would be born, but a couple of years ago I just decided to open the gates and let nature dictate when they’d be born. Why they want to have their kids in the dead of winter is beyond me.

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  9. Irresistible. Sorry about Bonnie. –Curt

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  10. Oh my goodness, absolutely gorgeous. Sorry about Bonnie, it’s always hard.

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    • Bill says:

      This batch is producing some of the prettiest kids we’ve ever had (although we always think they’re pretty). Bonnie’s situation was especially hard.

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  11. avwalters says:

    Sorry about the loss. When I was on the chicken farm, the landlord also ran sheep. Triplets was always a risk–lost a lot of ewes that way. And then, even if successful, they’d almost always go through the process to take at least one of the kids and graft it to another ewe. The good news, the news of renewal is always the kids. And soon they’ll cavort, bouncing everywhere with each other.

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    • Bill says:

      There’s nothing like the sight of kids playing. Good to have that happening on the farm again.

      It’s hard to get healthy triplets. One of our mamas has raised healthy triplets each of the past two winters. This year, in milder weather and with better pasture, she had triplets again and lost two of them. I have no idea why.

      We’ve lost does while kidding, but it’s rare. The only other two times I can recall that happening the mother had other health problems at the time.

      I wish we could get one of the mamas to take Neo, but we’ve never had any luck with that. We’ve had goats adopt a baby, but only if they wanted to. We’ve never been able to influence their decision. And Neo is such a big kid, and with such a big appetite, I’m not sure I’d want him nursing a mother with other kids right now.

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  12. Your baby goats are beautiful. Very sad that you lost Bonnie but a hand reared kid will be very special.

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    • Bill says:

      We’re raised lots of bottle babies and they do end up spoiled. We had one last year that would get out of the fence and follow me around when I did my chores. The first time he followed me into the chicken coop the flock panicked at the sight of him. He was indifferent to that. 🙂

      Neo, even though only a couple of days old, is showing a lot of spunk and pluck.

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  13. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Sorry you lost Bonnie, but good to have one survivor. They are all so comically cute!
    Something I’ve always wondered though… Why do goats and sheep give birth in the worst (up here, at least) time of the year??

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    • Bill says:

      I wish I knew. Plus they tend to wait until the worst weather too. They seem to prefer kidding in the middle of the night, while it’s sleeting.

      I read that they kid in the winter so that the kids will wean in the spring, when there’s plenty to eat. But they always do better for us when they kid in the spring or fall.

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  14. EllaDee says:

    I thought winter might be quieter for you… but goodness, they are all gorgeous. Sorry about Bonnie.

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    • Bill says:

      Winter is generally quieter, but not now. We make our last pasture check just before bedtime, then I go out again in the middle of the night (2:30 a.m. last night) and then again just before dawn. We’re bottle-feeding two right now. We have two mamas in labor as I type this. We’ll be hopping for the next couple of weeks!

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  15. df says:

    It’s an absolute baby goat bonanza, how wonderful. Love seeing the pictures and sweet faces. So sorry to hear about Bonnie, what a blow. Hopefully Neo will bring you plenty of joy.

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  16. valbjerke says:

    Off the subject- but if you happen to notice me ‘re-following’ your blog every couple of days – for whatever reason, WordPress keeps randomly dropping some of my favorite blogs. Don’t know if anyone else is having this issue…..

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    • Bill says:

      No worries. The problem I’ve been having is that WordPress is putting the wrong dates on some of my posts. I’ll post something and it will show up as having been posted the day before or even earlier. Sometimes I’ve had to delete the post and post it again. I’m sure people who subscribe by email wonder why I posted the same thing twice…

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      • valbjerke says:

        I also wanted to mention – in the wild – goats generally kid at night because there are fewer predators lurking about – same reason I expect, that they pick the most miserable day. The smell of birthing doesn’t travel well in a snow storm…..When I had goats they did the same. Domestication had not taken that instinct out of them it seems. When I was a newbie goat owner I lost a few kids for unknown reasons – I spoke with a lady that’s had a goat dairy for thirty years – she simply said ‘a cold goat baby is a dead goat baby. Keep the hay deep, and the fastest way to get them warm is to make sure they nurse as soon as possible – even if you have to get under there and help them get started. Failing that, milk the doe and bottle feed it to the kid’
        I took her advice to heart – and had no further issues. Mind you – our kidding season up here is sometimes 30 below.

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  17. Lynda says:

    Bill, I’m sorry to hear about Bonnie. It’s always hard to loose an animal. We do get attached to them don’t we?

    Love those kids! Still in a holding pattern before I can have a few for our Farmlet.
    (BTW, I am really enjoying your new Gravatar photo, and the picture of Cherie too!)

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Lynda. Yeah we were fond of Bonnie. Very sad. But we’re trying to stay focused on all the joy. Our barn sounds like a maternity ward these days. 🙂

      I finally got rid of the old Green Acres photo. Over the years several people (who evidently didn’t grow up with that old show) have assumed the picture was of us! So I decided to go ahead and replace it with the shot of me and Fatty. 🙂

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  18. pattisj says:

    It’s sad to lose an animal, for any reason.

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