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Kid in the house


I've always said that my kids live in the barn . . . well, now I have a house goat!

Sara, my Alpine doe that was a star at the Ren Faire a couple of years ago, gave birth to twins yesterday (while I was out on my bus run - figures!). She cleaned them both off and everything seemed fine, but when we went out about 9 to turn out lights, she was seriously trying to hurt the little doe. Picking her up by the tail or ear and flinging her away, biting her legs and chomping down hard . . . the little girl is feisty though - I saw her challenge her mother head to head! The buckling is fine - she's a great mother to him. Both are snow-white, like their Saanen daddy.

I managed to hold Sara long enough to let the little one nurse, then we set up a crate in the basement for her. I've given her a couple of bottles today, and she's sort of getting the idea. Pilot, our Lab/Shepherd, is more than happy to clean up the spills, on the floor and on the kid! emoticon (not to mention baby goat-poo if I'm not quick enough emoticon )

Sara was a bottle baby - I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

Now Bridget, one of my Nigies, looks to be in labour too. She's talking up a storm, licking anything that stands still, and she's managed to steal one of Violet's three week old twins. Funny thing, it's the one that is the spitting image of her!

Angel appears to be gestating a baby elephant - it's the only explanation.

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Oh, Pooks!

The goaties are keeping you on your toes, aren't they? Funny how Sara took on one of her kids but not the other. All the best for that little doeling.

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You have no idea! emoticon She's doing very well, good appetite, lots of energy.

Bridget had twin doelings yesterday afternoon - they're the spitting image of their daddy.

Sara has lots of milk for the kids. I milked her yesterday, then again this morning and at lunchtime. (Lots of fun - FF teats, but she stands really well!) Over 1 1/2 litres so far today, and still feeding the buckling. She's not keeping him clean though! I had to unplug his little butt, and trim off some really gross fur today. The little girl doesn't seem to have that problem - probably because she's not feeding free-choice.

I've had to put Toby, the JRT, in the barn. He was going nuts every time he heard the goat in the basement, and I was about to see if JRTs really are football shaped for a reason. emoticon He woke us up at 4:30 am barking - and I had about 5 hours sleep the night before, and woke up with a sore throat today. Not long on patience with noisy little dogs, I'm afraid.

Still waiting on Angel. How long do elephants take? Two years? emoticon

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Glad to hear that there are new little kids, with no problems.

Of course, having a barking dog in the house is bound to drive you wild. Hope he'll learn that this is life for now. Hope your throat is better today.

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Angel had twins late yesterday afternoon - another boy/girl pair. Both snow-white as well, with what looks like "airplane" ears. (Angel is a NubianX and the kids are 1/2 Saanen)

Housegoat now has a name - she is Emily. emoticon I took her with me today to Morris dance practice, and needless to say, she was a big hit. Carpet is great fun to bounce on, hardwood not so much. emoticon Lots of cuddles are good too! Very tired little goatie in her crate now.

Sore throat is gone, now we're on to the clogged sinuses and dry cough. Must be something to do with holidays - my last cold arrived on Christmas Eve! (maybe I've been cursed LOL)

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Oh, Sara must be green with envy! emoticon

Glad Emily likes Morris Dance events. That makes it easier on you.

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Emily is here with me in the computer room - she's going to be a very spoiled little girl! Carpet is very good for practicing bounces and capers - but now she's telling me it's time for a bottle.

She'll probably come with me to May Morning celebrations - she's been promised her very own Morris bell to hang on her collar, and I'll make sure she has a garland of flowers as well. emoticon

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How the heck did I miss this post??? LOL

All the new babies sound soooo wonderful, and that Emily is going to be spoiled rotten emoticon
Never could understand why some mothers will do that...choose one over another. We have a cow that did that about 2 years ago. She had twins (unusual for cows, apparently), and she'd feed one, but not the other.....the other got bottle fed until the landlord could find a surrogate to take over the feeding. He had one that had lost her calf 2 days after it was born, so she had a full bag, and nowhere to put it..she glady took on the other little heifer. Now, the twins are mothers themselves, and doing great.

I wannna goat!!!!!!! I miss my goat!

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