March 30, 2015

Goat Kids - the Girls

Last week I introduced you to the new bucklings. Ziva's single buck was born on March 14th and Firefly's on March 16th.

Firefly's buck

Ziva's buck

Firefly's buckling was half of a set of buck/doe twins. The doe kid is brown with self-colored ears and such a pretty face. She isn't nearly as flashy as her brother with all of his white markings, but she is very pretty in her own way. Self-colored ears are my favorite.

Firefly's doe kid

Most sets of twins we've had here at Oak Hill have been buck/doe, next is buck/buck. We've only had a handful of doe/doe twins. I feel especially blessed when we have a pair of girls.

Firefly's doe. I love the white spot on her nose.

Phoenix was due on March 19th also. Last year she kidded at the same time - really, at the same time - as Firefly. I was really surprised that she had twins last year; she didn't look that big.

Phoenix's second doe

Phoenix had a grapefruit-sized udder when I checked on March 12th. Just like last year, she didn't look very big, and yet she had twin does on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day (day 148). The first born is chocolate brown with frosted ears, littler than the other kids but not tiny.

Phoenix's first doe, what an adorable face.

Phoenix's second doe is brown roan with a lot of white on her face.

Phoenix's second doe

The gestation period for a full-size dairy goat such as a Nubian is 150 days, with a five-day window in both directions - in other words, any time between 145 and 155 days is normal. Miniature goats such as pygmies and Nigerian dwarfs usually kid five days earlier than full-size goats, so 140-150 days is normal for them.

All of the kids this year except Firefly's doe kid have frosted ears. Last year all the kids had a white belt all the way around or a white splash on one side or the other; this year only Firefly's buckling has a white belt. All have white on the top of their head. Last year all the does had twins except Ziva, and that happened again this year.

The girls, left to right: Firefly's doe, Phoenix's little doe and larger doe.

This year Phoenix and Firefly have both been much better behaved on the milkstand, which I really appreciate.

And with that, kidding season is over for this year. It's always a crazy week, but I prefer it this way instead of strung out for weeks or months.

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  1. Soooo beautiful! I love your goat posts. :)

  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead5:23 PM

    Thank you, Rose. :-)

  3. Oh, Kathi! I do believe I've just fallen in love with your little munchkin baby(Phoenix's 1st)! They are all adorable, but if I were to come out there, I'd be trying to talk you out of that little bit of sugar!

  4. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead7:52 PM

    She's a cutie, Carla, and so sweet! She was much littler than the others when first born but she caught up quickly.

  5. Lol! And I am SUCH a sucker for the 'runty' Tips ' even when they aren't really a runt. ;) What are you going to name these babies?

  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:30 PM

    I think we get attached to the little ones because they need more attention and care. I'm leaving names up to their new owners this year. :-)

  7. Oh, so precious! They're perfect :). And each one is a gift.
    Amazing how they all had white on their heads and last year white all around or on one side. Reminds me of Jacob, was it? who caused the sheep or goats or cattle to have certain markings by doing something with their watering trough. (Before he left with Rachel and Leah)

  8. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:26 PM

    Thank you, Mary, I also think it's interesting that both last year and this year I've had nothing but brown kids even though Ziva is black and Firefly is blond. Phoenix and my buck are the only brown adults.

    You're right, it was Jacob who put spotted branches in front of the goats' and sheeps' water troughs to encourage them to have spotted offspring. His father-in-law owned the solid-colored animals, and Jacob owned the spotted and splotched ones. :-)

  9. So precious. Do you plan to keep them all or do you sell them?
    I guess Spring is officially here!
    Enjoy your little lovelies.

  10. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:41 PM

    I'm not keeping any this year, Daisy. I sure wish I could, but this isn't the year to take on any more responsibility. :-(

  11. They are cuties! If I was closer, I could be a new owner very easily :-) .

  12. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead2:09 PM

    That makes me smike, Deborah.

  13. Ok, I think I am in love! Thanks for sharing the story and the cuteness! We loved having you link up with us over at Country Fair Blog Party! I can not wait to see what you are up to in May!


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