ALL of our goat babies were born this past week! It’s been quite a whirlwind. Let me start off by saying that this kidding season could not have gone more smoothly, and I am so very thankful for the five happy, healthy babies we now have in the barnyard. None of the three mommas required my assistance during birthing, and all babies quickly figured out how to eat and get around. Additionally, I found each of them within minutes of birth and was able to be sure that they’d received their first colostrum in a timely manner (this is VERY important). After the kind of kidding season we had last year, trust me, all of this is giant answer to prayer.
Wednesday afternoon, my mom and sister and her kiddos were at the farm for a visit. We walked down to the barn to let them give the giant mommas-to-be some attention and were surprised to find that Honey had just given birth to this gorgeous, spotted doeling. With some help from our Brood Farm followers, we’ve named her Speckles (thanks, Eden!).
Then, Thursday evening, we had a church meeting until late. I couldn’t go to bed, though, until first checking in on Nutmeg who had been in the very earliest stages of labor when I’d done chores earlier in the afternoon. I walked into the barnyard and found her cleaning up these two adorable black doelings. 3 girls so far. How could we get so lucky?! We named these two Mallory (Pugh) and Megan (Rapinoe).
Thankfully, we didn’t have any babies Friday since we were occupied with something else pretty big – moving into the new farmhouse. Yep, we said goodbye to our dear ‘ole trailer and spent our first night in the new house Friday night.
Saturday, Uncle Billy and cousins Karen, Chris, and Ren came to help us move some things. Of course, they also had to visit the new babies. When we got to the barn, Razz had just delivered her twins – one boy and one girl. Look at the ears on these two! We don’t breed specifically for ears, but these two make it look like we do. Absolutely precious! The girl is (Steph) Curry, and the boy is Festus (Ezeli). Clearly, the kids were digging the sports theme this year.
Now, I'm working on settling us in to the new house and still carrying laundry basketfuls of items from the trailer. When I need a little break, though, I just walk to the barn and rock a goat baby for a few minutes. They're only little for a short time!