So, what’s the guess? How soon, and how many? We’re hours (or maybe 2 days ) away from Kidding. Geneva’s really huge, bigger than Genka. My guess is triplets. Genka’s due date is Thursday ,and looks like she might be first. Twins. Check back for some pictures and videos.
The supplies are in, first aid, towels, a clean stall, a kidding pen, supplements ( does anyone have a french tube and a stripping cup we can use?) , and hopefully everything else we need. But we certainly have no experience, and frankly, I’m hoping Connie’s ready to go! Sure, let’s assume they won’t need any help. Our vet is on speed dial, and he knows we’re due anytime now.
It’s gonna be Thursday. Want to know the signs?
So, what’s the big deal. Natural for them right? As farm animals, they have been bred over the years to have a co-dependent relationship with the farmer. And for dairy goats, I think much more so. Many/most dairy goats get separated from the kids very early. The farmer and goat develop necessarily strong bonds as the farmer will be milking the goat and they need to bond. Often the kids get hand fed/raised by the farmer. This close relationship allows for maximum milk production, and extends all the way back into the birthing process.
We’ve been in contact with an excellent cooperative extension agent, Tatiana who has suggested a hybrid type approach to raising the kids and milking. What will be interesting to see, and what will determine our success, is the ability of our goats to allow us to milk them, after being exposed to the kids, and our willingness to stick to the plan. Stay tuned.