I really meant to do this on Wednesday evening, but here at the end of the kidding season I am dragging! But, it’s finally over!!!
Dorcas had her two nice-sized doelings on Wednesday around 6 PM. She is usually very focused at the grain feeder, (a goat who will not walk away until all the grain is spoken for), so when she ate only a bit during afternoon chore time and then walked away, I had a feeling she was close. While I was making dinner, Sam kept going out to check on her, and voila, there they were! Two beautiful doelings.
I still have not gotten over the late nights and the early mornings, and there is always so much to do that I have not caught up yet. Yesterday we took Peanut and Edna’s two babies up to the more local vet that we use, and she disbudded them. Now I just have to keep checking Dorcas’ babies to see if they will turn out to be polled, or if they grow horn buds. We shall see. I know Dorcas is naturally a polled girl, but it doesn’t always work out perfectly.
And so it goes! Today is not excessively warm, but the sun is strong and shining. Fence repair is on the list, and then some shifting of equipment to make things easier for milking, both in the house and outside. Right now I am milking Saffron and Battie in the morning, so that I have food for little Peanut. I also have to milk Betsy since her babies have moved on, but I will commence drying her off soon so that I can get feed into her that does more than just go to the production of milk. Battie and Saffron’s babies are really getting big, so I am surprised that I am getting the milk I am getting, since it means sharing it with their growing offspring!
So it is a beautiful Friday and I am ready to get back outside. Hope everyone is enjoying the day!