It’s been an exhausting couple of months, with long nights watching the CCTV cameras, on the lookout for ewes in the process of lambing. Not so for kidding. We knew the exact date when the goats had conceived so there was less speculation on when they would give birth. Our window of watching was much narrower.
It turned out that both Betsy and Lulu had their twins one day earlier than expected but we were prepared and not taken unawares. Betsy was first, easily giving birth to a boy and girl – Cocoa and Chanel. Lulu followed up a few days later, with an equally painless (for us anyway!) birth of twin girls – Mitzi and Melody.
We decided to have them disbudded as we have found in the past that people are not keen on owning horned goats. This would give us a better chance of selling them if we chose to do so. The visit to the vet wasn’t very pleasant but they all came through it OK and had forgotten all about their traumatic experience by the following day.
They are delightful little creatures, very fluffy and full of fun and Lulu is a fantastic first time mother. Betsy also a first-timer, loves Cocoa but is not at all keen on Chanel. When Betsy is busy eating, Chanel sneaks in for quick drink, but to ensure she’s getting enough nourishment, we have to tether her mother to allow her to feed.
Every few days, we are separating the kids from their mothers overnight so that we can have our own fill of milk in the morning. It’s lovely to have our regular supply back again and as the weeks go on, we can look forward once again to ice cream, butter and cheese!