Our yearling doe, Pickles, chose wisely. She really didn’t look ready to kid today at all, but first-timers can fool just about all of us! I did chores, checked her carefully, and her udder looked a little tiny bit bigger, but nothing serious. We took our grandson to our favorite breakfast place, and then scooted up the hill to our pigeon racing friend’s house to watch his birds come in from a race. He and his wife had driven and released the club’s birds in Massachusetts, and he wanted to make sure they all registered on the clock (we have no old birds flying this spring). We saw the first 7 or 8 pigeons come in a little after 9:30, and then I got a call from my son that we had baby touchdown. So I raced home to take care of seeing that the little guy got his Bo-Se shot (to prevent white muscle disease) and his little umbilical cord dipped in iodine, plus a weight.
Pickles is a medium-sized doe, but not the biggest, and she birthed a 7.75 lb buckling with no trouble. She is definitely SnowPea’s daughter! Our little buck definitely has the Guernsey genes (his father, Reddog, is almost pure Guernsey, his mother is 1/4 Alpine, 3/4 Lamancha). Sigh. This day has not disappointed!
I am really not sure if anyone else out there is bred, but this morning I just happened to be standing behind Pickles’ sister Sassafrass, and one side of her udder is round and full. I don’t know if this is just a copycat of what Pickles had last fall, an udder that was filling without any pregnancy, or if Sassafras is really bred and might be cooking a baby in there! I guess only time will tell, or I can draw blood and do a pregnancy check. If I still don’t know by mid to late June, I may just do that. The one thing I am pretty sure of is that none of the goats are likely to be kidding before then, if they are bred, so I will be out of school if things should look promising! All of us can get a good night’s sleep for awhile now :*)