For goat babies, and for spring peepers!
We have had some lovely weather in the 50s (F), and now today it is sleeting and snowing and blowing, but isn’t too very cold at least. Just what I want with one of the does due to kid tomorrow! I hope she waits until tomorrow, but compared to some of the years we have kidded and lambed, I can’t really complain too hard about the temperatures. We have historically lambed and kidded in early March. Brr.
Our Eleganza is the one up for tomorrow, and our Saffron due a week from today. Both are experienced and wonderful mothers. Twig, our two year old first time mom, is due next Tuesday. All in all, a nice tight cluster of sleepless nights and early mornings. Not too bad, really! In looking back on the two older does, they have both kidded every year during the daytime. I would be very grateful if that trend continues!
We have also been enjoying our local wild turkey population immensely. Our house is on a mostly wooded site, with a beaver pond down back just barely visible through the trees. And so our yard is a heavily travelled turkey route, which currently includes the back of the house at our bird feeder. There are two or three fairly large toms that are traveling with a large group of females and a few jakes (young toms), as it is the mating season. We have been treated to a daily show under the feeder by the tom. His harem, however, doesn’t even give him a glance! They are busy eating the fallen seed and the little chunks of stale bread I throw out there, and as they move on, the tom moves with them – after he has put on quite a show! I think when he is showing off he looks like a wind-up toy.
And now I think I will be off to check on our expectant mamas again!