So when my two does were old enough to be bred at the end of last summer, I jumped in with both feet and paired them up with our handsome bucks right around the beginning of September. I had read many books, blogs and articles about breeding goats and I knew that the gestation period is 5 months. So, I figured that I would put them together in early Fall and hopefully have Spring babies. What I didn't remember to do was to write down the EXACT date of the breeding. Now here we are, 5 months later and we are guessing when the babies will come, but not really knowing. The does are close. I see all the signs, udders filling, swollen vulvas, getting up and laying down frequently, etc....Each day I think they are closer. It is agony just waiting. We are watching them and hoping that each new day we will be closer to labor. No labor yet. It is very frustrating to say the least. If only I had recorded the exact dates ! Now our whole family and most of our friends are on eggshells waiting to hear news of baby goats arriving at Daisy Hill. It's fun, and distracting and nerve wrecking, all at the same time! We call it "goat fever". But as long as the deliveries go well, it's really all that matters. I know it will happen any day now, so patience needs to play a part. As for the does, Daisy is our pure white Nigerian who is bred to Ranger, our caramel colored, blue eyed tiny buck. And Fiona is our black and white Mini Silky Fainting doe with blue eyes, bred to our tri-colored, blue eyed buck, Sherman. We should get some beautiful kids out of both and I will be sure to post the births, (if I catch them happening,) and the new arrivals as soon as they come. Let the countdown begin....
"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." ~George Washington Burnap
I am Amy, a mother of 3 wonderful teens. I am a self proclaimed animal fanatic, hobby farm enthusiast and lover of all things natural. I enjoy writing, junking, cooking, creating, decorating, home renovation, gardening, exercising, spending time outdoors, traveling, working our farm, raising our children and living life to the fullest.
Lulu, Misa, and Pearl, all part of one happy family!
Me and the guy who made it all possible, Rog.
Lulu with Dexter the Mini pig.