Sitting here just finished milking.. trying to catch my breath before my next task of feeding everyone and making sure they all have fresh water. It is raining so I will be moving a bit slower today and try to get things done in between the rain if there is such a thing today.. Our goat feeders are all outside and goats don't link getting wet so this make for a rotten day for all of us.. but then again their is alot said about fasting, and how beneficial it is for the cleansing of the body. So even when i do go out to fill the feeders the goats will not venture out int he rain to eat.. wonder which one of us is the smarter ?
Shimmer & baby boy
Our kidding shed is now full with moms and babies, too cold and wet to let them out, so now we are a bit crowded (not what i planned) and having to use the horse trailer for over flow, I will have 3 due in the next 6 days. One in the trailer now getting ready.Was hoping she would wait until tomorrow so i could name one of the kids April Fools or April Shower. Shekinah has snubbed her grain so that is a good indication that it will be today, her ligaments are gone and i heard her talking to her unborn.. so sweet.
So while i am sitting here warming up and waiting, i am thinking of gardening.......
Kidding season is well under way here.. 7 does have kidded so with 20 kids born .. 1 single 2 sets of twins 2 sets of triplets, 1 set of quads and our very first set of Quints. There are 2 does in the kidding shed now with 3 more expected to join them before the week is out.. there are still over half left to go :~ I am very please with how this year has started off compared to last year.. i have not had to go in to pull not one. all the does are doing very well by themselves.. PRAISE GOD.. answer to my prayers.
The best part here is they seem to find homes faster then i can get them dried off, this is a good thing for sure, also answer to my prayers. I am soo GRATEFUL
Horned (pp) X Horned (pp) = 100% horned (pp) offspring. Polled (Pp) X Horned (pp) = 50% polled (Pp), 50% horned (pp) offspring. Polled (Pp) X Polled (Pp) = 25% polled (PP), 50% polled (Pp), 25% horned (pp) Homozygous polled (PP) X Horned (pp) = All polled (Pp) offspring. Homozygous polled (PP) X Homozygous Polled (PP) = All homozygous polled (PP) offspring.
Hubby wanted to see what would happen if we bred polled to polled, i tried to argue with him. telling him of the high chances of the kids coming out sterile or being Hemorphadites born with both sexes being present. I had also heard that there are 3 types of poled goats, a short medium and tall nubs also called giraffe nubs, and if at least one parent has giraffe nubs the success of normal kids is higher there for producing Polled (Pp) X Polled (Pp) = 25% polled (PP), 50% polled (Pp), 25% horned (pp) offspring. I have a couple of polled does with medium nubs and a buck with shot nubs but his sire had giraffe nubs.. so we are giving it a try < nail biting > Dee Dee (polled doe) had triplets 2 bucks and one doe.. they look normal as far as i can tell at this point. I will update this as i know what happens.
Then i was asked by several people, how do you Know a baby is polled when first born..I took some pictures of
mine so hopefully help identify polled babies before they are disbudded by mistake
My Kidding season starts off with a big bang.. I had been watching Betty Lou, she was a bit on the wide load side. He was miserable, and i was really worried about her safty and comfort. She comes from a slow growing line that usually hold on to the kids for 150 days. she couldn't walk, she had a hard time getting up or down.. I had another doe in the kidding pens at the same time. Ivy at 146 days decided it was long enough her buns were well done... she goes in to labor and has twins one each, then as Betty hears Ivy's babies crying all heck broke loose, she shot babies out so fast we could hardly keep up.. She blessed us with 5, 4 does and 1 buck. as she was shooting them out and number 5 arrived i was looking and waiting for 6, 7, and 8.. lol..she stopped at 5, this is my first set of quints, we were all very surprised. All have found new homes except the one next to mom,, and she is a keeper