|Our little ornamental peach tree in full bloom!|
On Saturday morning I checked our three pregnant goats. They all ate their breakfast well. (Sometimes a goat won't eat if they are in labor.) Amelia and MiniBell did not seem to be in labor at all and went out to graze... but Milky Whey seemed a bit uncomfortable. She kept getting up and down and changing position alot. Often a sign of labor. Her udder was full and tight and her ligament had been very loose for a day or so already. So, I had Carolyn go out, check on her and observe her every hour. About the third time Carolyn went out to check, she came running in saying... Milky Whey was fine but Amelia had her baby! We had not even been checking anyone in that pen!
It is Amelia's first time to be a mom...
I took him away, milked out Amelia and bottle fed him the colostrum. We will be selling this little guy as soon as I am sure he is nursing well and dehorned.
Amelia is one of my experiment crossbreed goats. She was the daughter of one of my wonderful full sized La Mancha milkers, Twinkie, and a very good Nigerian buck. Her udder is nice for a first freshener and her teats a good length for hand milking. She gave about 20 ounces of colostrum and is milking about the same amount morning and night right now but her milk has not come fully in yet.
Her full sister, Mini Bell, is due any day, as well as I guess, a very uncomfortable Milky Whey. So... busy, spring, farm life has started back at full throttle. I will be milking three goats twice a day once they have all freshened. The only baby I might keep this year is a baby out of Milky Whey, if she has a strapping large doe born to her.
I love spring on a farm. The trees are getting buds and little green leaves. The grass is growing. My dad and William are supposed to mow this after noon for the first time this year.
I pray all is going well on your little patch of ground where ever you are around the world.
Blessings and Happy Farming!