Yes it was Tuesday yesterday, and yes we did have a lovely birth event: SnowPea had a beautiful black and white buckling (9 lbs), as well as a petite, white doeling (6.5 lbs).
It was quite the evening! SnowPea walked away from the feeder at 4 o’clock and I took one look at her sunken sides and decided to pen her in the greenhouse. Suffice it to say, she was very grumpy with me. Chloe, Kali, John and I ended up checking on her periodically until a little after 6 when she got down to business. I don’t remember how big her buckling was last year (a single), but this boy had quite a time making his entrance into the world. I thought I was going to have to help him, but all the correct parts were peeking out at us – two hooves lined up properly, and a pink nose on top of them – but it took over an hour for SnowPea to get him on the ground. She was immediately smitten, and spent the next hour getting him cleaned up before she had her little doeling, who just shot out into the world and was up and ready to go within minutes. Her brother was dopey and wobbly for over 1/2 an hour, but I would think that that may have been due to his protracted birthing. And then the ultimate humiliation, SnowPea stepped on him, not once, but twice!
Anyhow, the three were happily ensconced this morning in their jug. By the time we went to bed last night, they were nestled in the straw with mama goat and had full bellies then, as well as when I was out there at 6. And last night’s 3 hours in the greenhouse was really beginning to get cold, so John came to the rescue with a portable heater for the humans and saved the night. Even though the temps are over 50 during the day, it’s been getting down into the mid 20s after nightfall and our tootsies and hands sure appreciated it!
Oreo the goat may be next on the hit parade. And we still have a 50/50 split between the males and the females. That’s pretty extraordinary. But it definitely makes me happy!