C&DFarming 2020 kidding thread❤️🐐

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Ok, here we go! A ton has changed on the farm since last year! First, we went from 2goats to..well, at one point we had 16, now we have a nice 10. 3 does, 1 buck, 1 Wether and the rest are doelings from December and January. So my 3 does are bred....looking at late September/October kids. These guys will be bottle babies and sold?? Unless we get 1-2 really special ones. My farm exploded over the past year..and although goats are my very favorite Animals, tge6 are also a ton of work..as you all know! So, We plan to sell? Last year we only sold one...🤣❤🐐.
So, up first I have Honey..my ND, blue eyed girl....sweet as pie..but impossible to milk..ugh! She only ha$ one kid last year. We bought them as a set. Sugar is the kid..white with tan moonspots and blue eyes.❤❤ My buck, Ferdinand is also a blue-eyed ND. So, pretty sure the kids will be nice blue eyed.🤣❤🐐

Then Busty..my Kinder doe...she’s my herd leader. I love this goat sooo much. She can be strong headed, Last year she had triplets...made wayyy too much milk, we had to milk he4 down and keep her in the stand so she would le5 them nurse...ugh. But, she is an awesome mom....it was just she makes a ton of milk. She’s still this way. I have to stop milking her in August. We have two calves so I’m taking advantage of her milk for them. She gave me two agouti bucklings and a chestnut doeling. Shes Busty’s mini me. Fell in love the second I saw her. We sold the one buckling because Kinder bucks are too big to breed to my girls. We made the other into a wether...my ❤Willy.

3rd is Brandy..mini oberhasli. We bought her from a big dairy farm. She was skittish and super skinny. I grained her pretty good on the stand and now she’s a good milker. Never had one issue with her standing for me. She was a FF , one kid..doeling. bought her niece.

So, I’ll be writing about the nex5 few months ...and if I’m forgetting anyth8ng..I’d love th3 tips! I know it’s an odd time of year for kids....but many people were asking us for kids....so, we decided to go for it..since I’m for sure not selling mine!!
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Thanks for the nice comments...it’s starting to hit me that I’m going to be kidding very soon again. I switched the grain to alfalfa for Busty and a Brandy while I milk. Busty is such a stinker...she loves alfalfa when she’s....got no choice🤣. But, after taste grain...she’s digging through the bowl. I used to layer it..alfalfa on the top. she always knew how to pick the good stuff out,.what a goat!🤣🤣. Now she’s throwing the alfalfa all over the place searching for the grain!🤣😩. Plus she’s kicking the bowl. Yes, I milk old school. We had..still have..milk machines. One, super ex
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you better catch up! Buy some does so you can go nuts during kidding season!🤣❤🐐😩
 

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Yes, we are looking for 2 registered boer does or doelings so we can use one for breeding and the other for 4H market goat
 

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Ok, soooo, here I am, about 10-12 days out from kidding day! Yikes!! I’m not really ready this year....so, I’m going to need a refresher course..,really quick. Last year, we on,y had two does, and they kidded at the same time.. this year is different....I have 9 goats living together...2 are due on the 20th. So, I’m putting back up my stalls from last year. If I remember right....,I need to keep the new kids away from the rest of the herd?? At this moment, of this day, we on,y hav3 one goat barn...we buy semi trailers and convert them into barns. Well we bout 4more. one wS designated for my 2nd goat barn....but it got used to house calves temporarily. Ugh! So, chris has to do some fancy work...fast!! So, I can keep all my normal goats, hopefully, in the goat barn...and keep the bpnew guys in the kidding stalls, with mama, etc..... so. It’s hot here during tht day...but at NuStock it drops...to at least 50...is heat lanm good enough for tge bixec?
 

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How exciting! Got any recent pics of the soon-to-be mamas? I'll definitely be following along :pop I wouldn't supplement them with a heat lamp, 50 f isn't that low, I'd kill for that kind of weather right now! It's been staying in the upper 90s and humid during the day and high 70s at night :sick
I've had newborn kids in stalls without a heat lamp in weather as low as 34F and they did just fine. Just make sure they have clean deep bedding :D =D
 

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I agree the temperature should not cause an issue. However if you could make it when she gives birth I would dry off the kids in order to help them not get chilled but they should be fine I've had mine give birth in about that temperature if not a little bit lower and the kids do fine without any assistance
 

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Last kidding it’s was Jan 31...horrible temps...negative temps constantly...so this is better!! Geez, I just reread my last post...what a mess!! I’m sorry...when I’m tired, my typing is a mess, and I don’t reread...Ugh! So, a. It more details....we have 4 semi trailers..2 are for goats...but one is full of calves right now, so chris has to move tge fencing, but, he’s not sure how he wants to set it up...because, the pathway to my rabbit barn,,....well, if we do it tge easy way, I’ll have two gate...that’s fine with me!! So, instead of working on the goat barn he’s riding the tractor!! Ugh!! I did decide that I’m going to let the moms keep the kids for the whole 8 weeks. I really didn’t want todo that...because I’m going to fall in love with these guys..and not want to sell them!! But, I was looking aroun* in this area...not many people sell bottle babies....so, I’m not sure if that means people don’t buy them? I don’t need the milk. We are soooooo busy we don’t have time to make cheese or any..we typically let it go bad and feed it to the pumpkins. So, I thought...geez, if no one buys these guys right off the bat...I’m stuck with goat kids....really stuck..because then I’ll really never sell them! so I’m just going to do it the regular way. So, we’re 10 days away...Honey is definitely getting a bag. I had dried he4 up in the spring..because she’s a pain to milk...and her kid...born in Dec...was still fence nursing...I’ll keep getting more pictures..since with goats, they change daily!! These pictures are a few days old?, Brandy is my m8ni oberhasli...I’m thinkin* she is having twins at least. She was skinny as a twig. Honey is my ND..she only had on3 last year..but he4 kid is big!! She’s basically ready to be bred now....but I’m waiting.shes almost as big as her momma!

ok, any tips would be great!
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They look good! You have some lovely goats~ Have you got your kidding supplies all ready? ❤ I'm so jealous, I have to wait a whole 5 months before we have kids on the ground again :caf Be sure to post lots of baby pics for us~ Fingers crossed for some easy deliveries !
 

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