In previous years, Daisy has always had triplets and sometimes some of them die. I wanted to try my best to be there at her kidding so that I could make sure the babies survived. It was a long ten days of checking on her every 2-3 hours. Finally, when I checked on her at 7:40 in the morning, it was obvious that she was in labor. So, except for a few quick dashes to the house for a bite to eat, I stayed in the barn with her until the kids were born...
the first one, a male, at 1:45 (not quite dry and trying to suck my finger*)
and the second one, a female, at 2:00.
No triplets this year?! Too bad, because I have a buyer for two of this doe's little girls.
I call this wide load Boer doe Buttercup, but Buddha or Butterball, might be more appropriate. She has got to be at least two feet across. Even though she is pregnant, there is no reason why this goat should be this big. She's pretty enormous during the summer when all she gets to eat is pasture. I think if a Boer breeder sees this, I might get hated on.
And, here's Evil the Kiko. I can't believe how big her udder is this year. It looks like she could be carrying a kid or two just in her udder.
She'll probably have her babies tonight. Some signs that labor is imminent:
(1) udder fills up.
(2) the spot right in front of her hip bone hollows out (you can see that in this picture, see the indentation right in front of her hip, below the spine?)
(3) doe hunches up like she's going to urinate, but doesn't