Our goat had babies! I am so excited! She wasn’t due until April 4th, but had them on April 2nd. We knew there was a possibility she could go early, but honestly I didn’t think she would. For sure we would be waiting forever. But here they are!
Aren’t they the cutest ever?
Julia and Chelsey have been doing farm chores for me in the morning (it’s heaven, let me tell you) and I have been watching from the house when they get to the goats. They always save it for last because they want to go together. I watched them go to the house, open the door, go in, then grab the food off the top of the roof where they place it for safe keeping (goats are very pushy). There didn’t seem to be any excitement so I stepped away from the door. I was so, so sick this weekend and spent most of it in bed.
A few minutes later, Julia comes rushing into the house screaming “Baby goats are here! Baby goats are here!” I came running from my bedroom, tissues in hand, and both Kevin and I said “no way”. She swore there were, and that it was not an April fools joke, so I threw on my coat and boots and ran outside.
This was not how I expected this to go. We were very worried that Millie may have issues delivering because she was a first freshener, and had been bred to a buck that is known to have bigger babies. Although I really wish I had been there, I am so thankful that she was able to deliver without assistance.
When I got to the shelter, I saw the sweetest little black goat standing there, fluffy and shining with a white top on her head just like her mama.
We didn’t see any other goats, so I picked her up to take her inside. Kevin was making breakfast and couldn’t come out. Just as I was stepping over the fence I heard Julia yell “Mommy! There are more!” The second baby was hiding under the milk stand, still a little wet and sticky. I’m not sure how she got out there. After the girls came in, Millie had been interested in one thing – food. Apparently birthing babies and cleaning them could wait.
We each gently carried a baby inside to show Kevin, rubbed them down with towels, and warmed them under a heat lamp. The second one was a grey spotted baby with a white cap as well, and looks much like her daddy.
Once we got them cleaned up, we took them back out to their mama and made sure they were nursing. Then we all went back in to breakfast, but it was so hard to leave those babies! After breakfast, we visited them again. And then again, and again throughout the day.
Two little doelings. How wonderful! Millie has been an amazing mama so far, the babies seem to be happy and nursing well. The next day they both weighed 7.4 pounds a piece – great job Millie!
Now we wait for Aurora to deliver her babies! She is due April 20th.