I have a question. The goat in the middle of my avatar is having a second kidding in one year soon. Her eight month old doeling is completely weaned, but still loves hanging out with mom. When the mom kids can her eight-month-old doeling be in the kidding pen? Has anyone had a close older sibling around the newborn kids?
we have put does in kidding pens and left their kid from last year with the rest of the herd. The kids may cry/call for mom but they settle down pretty quick. We figure that mom needs her space to bond with her new kids. Once everyone is back into the main herd, mom will let the older kid know what's acceptable. Our does usually let the older kids hand out and they lay together in family groups.
So this morning, I penned up Hazel by herself and she kidded two doelings at 10:30. Her older baby is wanting very much to be back with mom, but she'll just have to wait. Noelle was 4 lbs. 15 oz and Elsa was 3 lbs. 12 oz. Both active and healthy. White and black is the style of the day!