Last Friday (it is now Wednesday) I felt like Hyacinth would be having her babies soon, so I got the stall all ready to move her into. I debated with myself if I should put her in that night or leave her out a few more nights. I refreshed my memory about the gestation period for goats. It is roughly five months or 150 days. If Hyacinth (and the other goats) were bred on the first day they were exposed to Billy, Friday would have been day 142. So, I decided to ignore what my gut was telling me and leave Hyacinth and Daisy outside for another night.
So, at around three in the morning, I just woke up and my very first thought was, "Hyacinth is kidding." But, it was pouring down rain (of course) and I didn't want to go out there. I laid awake for an hour and a half worrying about Hyacinth having babies outside on a cold rainy night (Even though all of the livestock do have shelters to be out of the wind and rain, it is still cold). I finally was able to go back to sleep.
I went out to feed extra early on Saturday morning and when Hyacinth didn't come out of the shed for her breakfast, I knew she had kidded. I ran down to the shed and sure enough, she had twins, both alive and apparently healthy.
Tom and I spent the morning, out in the rain, moving goats around.
So, even thought the babies are healthy, Hyacinth once again has a congested udder and can't support two until it softens up, which is several weeks.
I remembered that I had some frozen goat milk left over from previous years - four quarts from 2010 and one from 2011, so I thawed those and started bottle feeding the male right away. The female was not really interested and it has remained thus. The male guzzles the bottle down and the female has to be forced to take even an ounce. They both are still attempting to nurse...successfully, I guess since the female hasn't starved to death.
She has become slightly smaller than the male.
But they are both active and playful and neither seems to be starving.