The “big” dairy goats are dropping their kids in between flooding rain, thunder, and all manner of horrific weather. It was a cloudy but rain-free day today. Do goats know these things? The herd queen, Velvet (100% Toggenburg) for the first time ever (this is her fourth kidding) dropped triplets. Terrible ordeal. Head only, hanging out of her. Kristel had to go inside and manipulate and praise God, he was delivered. Second baby . . . head and one leg. More messing around. Poor Velvet! We thought she was finished so Kristel went back to the house for a bit. Yikes! I caught a third one (and I do mean caught). Velvet likes to deliver standing up. But all three are fine now and very cute. Two girls and a boy.
Just as we were finishing up with Velvet, her daughter from last year went into kidding mode. A first-time mama (half Toggenburg, 1/4 Nubian, 1/4 Alpine), she delivered two HUGE kids: a boy and a girl. She was so tired afterwards that she closed her eyes. Poor thing. Another terrible experience. (We are thinking the minions, AKA Nigerian Dwarf goats) are less work and less stress.
Anyway, here are two cute video shorts: Velvet and her babies first. Rachel and her babies just below. Enjoy!
Velvet and her Kids
Rachel and her Kids