November 20, 2013

Kidding Season Approaches

As winter approaches, so does our kidding season.

Usually I don't put the buck in with the does until October for March kids. This year, for several reasons, The Phantom spent the summer with the does in their much bigger pen, and rut came early, before I could move him back to his own lonely pen.

Many breeders are able to put their doe in with a buck when the time is appropriate, for a day or even just a few hours, and have successful breedings, but I cannot. I tried this - for a couple of years - but my does did not settle and had to be rebred. Kidding season was strung out over several months, with kids of all ages and sizes in the herd.

I find it more successful to put the buck in with the herd at the appropriate time and then keep watch. When I see activity, I write it down on my calendar, and usually I have a due date for each doe that is quite accurate.

This was the first breeding season for The Phantom as well as for the girls. Firefly and Felicity are due first, then Phoenix. Ziva will kid later, since I bought her in October, so there will be spring babies too.

I have to admit that I'm a little anxious about it. Well, not anxious really; it's a combination of anticipation, excitement and nerves, like the night before a trip to Disneyland when I was young. It's a momentous occasion, a time for rejoicing, a new chapter of life with my second herd.

I can hardly wait to have an abundance of milk again. I can hardly wait till there are kids running and jumping in the goat pen again. Firefly is already sporting a nice little udder and isn't due for several more weeks. I can hardly wait!

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  1. How exciting! You have some very beautiful goats and I'm looking forward to seeing your kids.

    We may be having a set of kids as early as next week...but it will probably be a few weeks into December.

    I'll be waiting for the news!


  2. How exciting! I didn't even know that folks bred their goats anytime but spring.
    Thanks for joining the Hop and linking back to us. ;0D

  3. Fern, I'll be announcing the news from the rooftops! I'll be waiting to hear about yours as well.

    Daisy, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Very exciting. I keep reading your goat posts and it is making me one some.

  5. Ann, I've enabled many people, what's one more? Just don't blame me if you get a goat obsession. ;-)

  6. Can't wait to see some photos of the kids!

    1. Gretchen, I'm still waiting for them to arrive. Maybe during this weekend's super cold spell?!


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