March 25, 2015

Goat Kids - the Boys

Our 2015 goat kids have arrived at long last: two bucks and three does. So far I only have managed to get decent pictures of the boys, so I guess I'll show you the boys today and the girls on Monday.

Ziva was due on March 12, and kidded on March 14. Her single buckling is appropriately named Pi.  (Did you know that 3/14 is "pi day"? π has the mathematical value of 3.14.) Last year Ziva, who was then 5 years old, also had a single buckling. Both were sired by my buck Phantom, and both were brown roan with frosted ears. Last year's kid had a white splash on one side; Pi doesn't. At two days old, Pi weighed almost ten pounds.


Last year: I didn't have a kidding history with Ziva last year, and I didn't know what day she'd been bred. I knew the date I bought her and brought her home, so I had a "no earlier than" date, but nothing more definite than that. I have no idea if she kidded on, before, or after her due date last year. All I know is that she surprised me when she finally kidded; there really weren't many signs that kidding was imminent.

This year Ziva kidded two days after her due date (day 152), and her udder was full that morning. It wasn't tight, but it was noticeably fuller than it had been.

Firefly was due on March 19 and kidded three days early on March 16 (day 147). Last year: Even as a first freshener, Firefly's udder was formed at least four weeks before she finally kidded and her tailhead was loose for most of that time.

This year, her kids dropped in position almost two weeks before her due date, and from the rear she really didn't even look pregnant anymore. On Monday the 16th her udder filled even fuller and her tail ligaments disappeared - I'd thought they were mushy before but the difference when she finally gave birth was astounding. I think this was the fastest and easiest birth I've ever witnessed. She had a set of buck/doe twins in less than ten minutes.


The buck is chocolate brown with a white belt, frosted ears, and white spots on his legs and tail; he's quite striking. The doe is a bit lighter brown, with self-colored ears. I love self-colored ears.

But... I'll show you the girl next time, along with Phoenix's twin girls...

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  1. Beautiful boys, Kathi. Now I look forward to seeing the girls!


    1. Thank you, Fern. The weather and my schedule just didn't allow me to get pictures of the girls yet. But rain is a good thing even when it changes our plans!

  2. They are so precious! It was fascinating reading about the mama goat delivering so quietly and quickly.

  3. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead3:13 PM

    Quiet, quick and simple births are a true blessing, Mary! :-) Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

  4. SOOOO CUTE!!!
    We're getting closer to our own place, but we've decided to rent something for a year or so, while we learn more about the state, figure out if CO will be a good fit for us (health concerns due to the cold), & decide where to plant roots. We're considering getting goats, but we have some research to do - like, deciding which breed(s), how much work well be able to put into them, etc.
    Reading about your life with your sweet ones is very helpful, with that - thank you!

  5. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:01 PM

    I've missed you, Carla!

    Don't be fooled, goats have attitude. LOL

  6. Awww, thank you, Kathi! I still get and read your blog, but some things got really hard here, & I had some pent up...stuff to deal with, that I very productively channeled into my pet environmental, agricultural & healthcare system activism. I'm sure our legislators are looking forward to the day when I return to my 'usual' activities - and leave them alone(mostly, lol), lol.
    I'm almost ready. But, don't tell them, yet. ;)

  7. they are SO gorgeous!! I looove those frosted ears. ^_^

  8. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:11 PM

    Thank you, Rose and Sandra. Thank you for visiting.

  9. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:13 PM

    Sassss, I'm sorry to hear that you've had some tough times - I hope things get better! (That cold weather can sure cause problems, can't it? When we lived up in the Rockies in Wyoming my husband developed asthma from the cold.)

  10. Kathi, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's asthma. I think mine would rule out Wyoming, for sure, with that info.
    Suffering and blessings come everyone's way. It's never easy, but knowing that it isn't because 'God hates me' helps tons. Knowing that things tend to all sort themselves out with time helps, too. Thank you for your thoughts.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the pics of the girls, with your next post! They all have such unique personalities. Our bunny has some attitude, too! Lol!

  11. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:35 AM

    Attitude is everything, Sassss. God does love you, and all will work out. :-)

  12. How sweet! Even the goats have different birthing experiences. You are so knowledgeable.
    Thanks for visiting us on The Maple Hill Hop!


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