On Saturday afternoon at around 2:00 Skeeter had her kids! Two girls: Diamond & Ruby! For today’s livestream I’ll show a bunch of new videos of Sadie’s kids as they’ve gotten more and more lively this week, and some of Skeeter’s kids.
We had another perfect kidding today! Skeeter went into labor around 2:00, which was the nicest part of the day, and she popped those kids out in textbook form. The only help Phil and I had to give was to cheer her on! She kidded two healthy, strong, and beautifully marked girls! Sticking with the treasure theme, we’ve named them Ruby and Diamond.
Ruby came first with a very large rush of water, and once she was dry she weighed in at exactly 8 lbs. She’s a lovely two-tone chamoisee like her dad, Sonic.
Diamond came just moments later with barely a push from mama, and she weighed 7.5 lbs. Although her front is mostly white right now, Diamond will be colored a lot like her mom when she grows up.
Sadie’s kids were born on Wednesday! It was a picture perfect delivery, Sadie picked the one hour of the day that was warm out and she had no trouble at all! This week I’ve got a good 45 minutes of video including Sadie cleaning off her kids, first drink at the milk bar, and playing in our basement, kitchen, and living room! I’ve also got a 5 minute video of the rest of our goats playing, including some fun slow-mo segments!
I took the new kids out for a little playtime in the fresh grass yesterday. It was a cold, but since the forecast said it would get colder during the weekend I figured I’d better get them out for some fresh air and what little sunshine we had. We still haven’t named them, but we’re working on it! They’re both so incredibly flashy!
The little doeling’s ears stick up and the little buckling’s flop down. Actually, his right ear flopped down and his left ear stuck up for the first 24 hours, but now both are flopping down.
Our friend Diana came over with her daughter Emma to see the new babies.
Most of our boys claim no responsibility for any babies born here, but Sonic is an exception. He is fascinated by these kids and he seems to know that he is the proud father.
The 2021 Goat-O-Rama kidding season is off to a rip-roaring good start with Sadie delivering twins this afternoon in glorious textbook fashion. She waited until the sun was shining and it was the warmest part of the afternoon, she gave us plenty of warning so we could be there, and she plopped them out with minimal effort and no help needed. She gave us a lovely tri-colored doeling who looks almost exactly like Finn (no relation however), and then a flashy chestnut and white buckling. Both are exceptionally beautiful kids and they were up and running around in no time at all. Yay for a great start to the 2021 kidding season!!
More photos will no doubt be forthcoming tomorrow. But here is one to get you started:
Baby goat season is almost upon us! Sadie is due this coming Monday! Here’s a picture of her with her kid from last year, Sunflower. I’m doing the stream today at 5pm MST (usual time). https://youtu.be/md3e1_9CM-8
Easter was a subdued event this year compared to pre-panpanic days, but at least we were able to do anything at all. Last year all festivities were canceled so we were happy to be able to participate in a slimmed-down Easter celebration.
The kids always look forward to meeting our goats at the community Easter egg hunt, but this year the hunt was called off and replaced by a drive-thru distribution of Easter goodie bags. We filled Finn and Sputnik’s panniers with goodie bags and walked up to the cars to deliver them to the kids. We had fun decorating them for the occasion.
Sputnik and Finn were very generous about reaching up to the car windows so the kids could lean out and pet their noses and feed them some treats that we brought.
The other day on our walk I found a stray balloon in our pasture. I brought it home and showed it to the goats to see what they thought of it. Since I was handing out treats they didn’t pay much attention, but I soon realized I’d accidentally “fed” the string to Finn when I was giving him a cookie. He was chomping on the string and kind of eyeing the balloon suspiciously and I facetiously prodded the balloon with my toe to see what would happen. I was not prepared for the explosion which followed!