And so our last but not least girl, our herd queen Saffron, had her kids Thursday morning around 8 a.m. It was a warm day, cloudy and a little breezy, but really pretty perfect all around!
Wednesday night as I was doing my midnight rounds, I found Saffron up in the paddock whining and crying, very softly. I was a little alarmed, and couldn’t tell if she was talking to her babies and encouraging them to make an entrance already, or if she was upset at being alone up there! The two other moms were in their jugs with their babies, and Peanut unfortunately doesn’t count as a real goat with the rest of the crowd, so for all intents and purposes, Saffron found herself on her own. It was quite unusual, watching her walking slowly around the paddock under that bright moonlit sky. She definitely had no signs of active labor, so I went in and got into bed but didn’t turn the light out so I would get up in another hour or two and check on her again. Same thing going on at 2 a.m. as well!
John checked on them around 4 and 6 a.m., so I headed up to chores about 7:30 on Thursday morning. It was already comfortably warm, and Saffron was still doing the same thing. Talking, crying and walking around! She didn’t show any signs of wanting breakfast, though, so I knew she must be getting close. And sure enough, while I sat in the greenhouse with the babies and moms, I was able to watch her on the little hill, pop that first doeling out. She made quick work of getting that little girl dried off, and nursing, then her second doeling made her entrance a little under a half hour later. I left them where they were for as long as I could, but the breeze was a little stiff and I didn’t want those babies to get chilled. As I was carrying the doelings slowly toward the greenhouse, Saffron was frantically licking them both, and ended up washing my arms into the bargain! She is such a good mama.
And so our kidding year is closed now. I am very grateful, and getting more sleep is a very good thing. I am still sitting up around midnight wondering why I am awake, though!