Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Baby Boy!

Well, one of our doe goats surprised us yesterday with a new little baby boy!

This female, the same one who had the twin girls last year, apparently never really looks pregnant until about delivery time. We had given up on the idea that she might have been bred by the buck (which we sold the first part of November) some time ago.

Then over just the past few weeks, we started noticing she looked a bit larger than the normal rumen "bump" - so we were hopeful, but figured it would be the end of March.

So yesterday's full-term baby buck was a pleasant surprise. And it was great that it happened on a very warm day (unlike usual Kansas February days). Steven noticed she was in labor about 1:30 in the afternoon. So he moved the other goats away into an adjoining pasture, and stayed with her while she gave birth. Later, he moved her to the smaller holding pen, so she and baby could have their own sheltered area.

The baby seems to have the slightly darker red coloring that was a trait of his father, rather than the lighter head his mother has. But he does also have a white blaze on his face.

Mama and baby seem to be doing just fine!


Queenacres said...

What a nice suprise! Congrats!

Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

So, how's he doing? Is the weather still decent? It's been really cold here lately.