We could tell that June was getting close to kidding, but every time we looked out on her she'd be up and grazing- which is not a sign of a goat in labor. But she took us by surprise.
Last night Cale went out to feed the alpacas and came rushing in yelling, "June had her babies!!" So I rushed out the door, and down to Cale who had already gone back out to her. She wasn't in the main pasture in the barn like I was expecting- she was in the lower pasture, down by the creek. She was there calling with 2 wet and wobbly babies bopping around beside her.
We wrapped up the babies and tried to lead June up to the barn. That's when everyone else came running and things got a little confusing for the goats. June crying for her babies, Bertie crying because June was crying, the newborns cried for their mama which made Bertie cry for her babies, who also came running. We had to pull June up and into the barn and after all the crying stopped and she realized her babies were right in front of her she calmed down and went back to cleaning them. I guess the family bond between Bertie and June is much stronger than I thought.
It was dark by the time we got everyone settled for the night. But the 2 new kids were all dry and fluffed up this morning. They look exactly like their dad, and now we have a little more color in the herd.
We have another pair- a doeling and a buckling. The little girl's name is Coco. But we are still in disagreement on the boy. A few of the kids want it to be Kipper. Some of us want Crispy....
We have possibly one more kidding to go this season. Poppy is still pretty skiddish, though she will come for licorice treats, and I haven't been able to get my hands on her stomach to feel for movement, so we are just keeping a close eye on her udder and body to watch for signs that she might be pregnant.
linked to: The HomeAcre Hop, The Homestead Barn Hop,