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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Yep, got the supplies ready, most are already in the barn, towels, hairdryer, a lot of the stuff we just used to deliver piglets...but, I also had a lot of stuff, that I bought For the goats..that I guess, you only need if things go....really bad....I have all of that stuff too, in a different bag..ready to go. Last year both goats kidded on the same day. We literally just finished drying up the triplets..and then Stormy, started screaming....we ran over...I didn’t have anymore dry towels...I never thought I’d have two go at the same time!! But we managed!!🤣. Busty’s delivery was rough...1st was breach and stalled..tough....Stormy was the opposite..the twins came flying out!🤣. What a day!! We were hooting and hollering! Oh, yeah and throwing placenta in Walmart bags out of the barn🤣. But, now things have changed...hubby doesn’t bother with the bags anymore...when our last Juliana mini pig, had her piglets...he threw the placenta at me🤣😩. He’s a riot...and like a 12 year old boy...but he keeps it exciting. I was going to ge5 better pictures of Honey today...because she is sooo much bigger..but she wouldn’t keep still...🤣. They are hot and tired...poor girls...
 

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7 days to go!! The girls are bigger than ever...Honey is starting to just lay around...Brandy just wants to eat and eat and eat....the bellies get sooo deceiving at this point...right now I’m guessing triplets for honey?but both only had a single last time?? Every time Chris tries to get the new goat barn fixed up..the goats decide to go to the other barn!! Ugh!!too many choices!!i guess maybe I should check ligaments tomorrow? But it seems wayyy too soon?
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No, I wouldn't do the same day or let people on the farm to help deliver. The kids are still a little shaky then. It would be a good idea to make sure they will live and be healthy, plus I know the milk doesn't clear of colostrum for 2 weeks, but that doesn't mean that's the right amount of time. If you want them firm on the bottle with the least amount of work to you, I think no time on mom is the best ticket from what I've heard-no bonding to break also. Milk mom and bottle feed it. Some people give them two days for mom's attention but continue feeding them mom's milk until it's cleared out, and they have to work at getting them to take that bottle. After always having that one kid that won't take the bottle over a teat, I'm not sure I'm going to take that route, but to each his own.

Where's a real bottle feeder out there? I'm just getting into this info because going to be bottling this year because one of my does has rejected her babies routinely at 3 weeks and hates motherhood. I'm just going to be giving them mom's milk for two weeks with ALL the colostrum until it clears up, then continue feeding it until they have deposits and pickup dates (very important on the pickup date part) and other instructions.

I'd be leary of any lady who wants "all" the babies born. They are a lot of work. She'd be better off to start with one or two, imo, and definitely worried about the person who wants all your goats. That is weird-on the scale of weirdness somewhere between someone who wants all your cars and someone who wants all your kids. YOU don't even want all the kids born. Imagine starting your herd like that-a crowd of nonhuman bottle suckers screaming your name 4-6x daily. Nope. I'd side with my motherhood hating goat there. Sheesh, take care out there.

If you can't find another answer, maybe bottle feed for two weeks to be on the safe side? No one can drink the milk then anyway, as you know. They may as well be eating it.
 

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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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