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Farm update: countdown to baby goats 
18th-Jan-2013 10:38 am
We are in the countdown to baby goats again. I'm expecting my first kid to make its appearance in a scant two weeks. The vet will be out on Monday to give everyone their annual shots and make sure we aren't anticipating any problems. Alys is due Feb 1, Dahlia and Anna sometime near Feb 17, and Ginger is due Feb 21. Which of course means that I'll have baby goats on the 6th, 12th, and 28th, or something like that.

Colors and Numbers.
Ginger and Alys are bred to Kid Hollow Farm OR ("Orphan Red"), and Dahlia and Anna are bred to KHF-Cookie. As such, I'm expecting reds and blacks this year. Given Ginger's age and Alys's track record, I'm crossing my fingers for healthy single kids out of both of them. In contrast, I'm expecting both Dahlia and Anna to twin this year. Anna has twinned twice in a row with Cookie as the sire (Gyre/Gimble, Ari/Owen) and Dahlia has twinned every other year, with this year being an "other." (Note that Anna's first kid with Cookie came out white, though, so white could happen again.)

If Alys throws another boy, I need a "D" name. She's had Apollo, Berry, Cerryl (all by Loki). But if she throws a girl this time, then I might go back to Liad for another name like hers.
Ginger might get stuck having spices or trees for her kids' names.
Dahlia has had her flower-named kids by Jared - Orchid (reverse badger), Trillian and Astor; and Angelina The Stainless Steel Rat's wife from Cookie. So I either need over-the-top action names or should go back to flowers.
Anna has had all of her kids from Cookie. She had Bianca (The Rescuers), Gyre and Gimble (Alice in Wonderland), Ari and Owen (The Price of the Stars).
19th-Jan-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Why do you kid in the winter?
20th-Jan-2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Naturally, Angoras come into heat as soon as the first hint of cool hits August. With a five-month gestation, that would put kids in December. So I'm actually a little behind the natural inclination by kidding in February.

Kidding while there is no pasture means that everyone is eating hay, which has a far lower parasite load. As the kids themselves taste and eat everything in those first few weeks, they are ingesting far fewer worms, which means they are not starting out life in a battle for nutrition.

I've had kids as early as the end of January and as last as the beginning of May. Late kids are late bloomers, and have a lot of trouble with parasites that first summer. Early kids seem to do just fine in the cold (in the barn) and grow much more obviously.
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