Kidding Time at Capering Pines Farm


Jean Silverpearl

We're waiting again. It's that time of year when you kind of just have to do that. The does are becoming more standoffish to each other, but more needy to me. It's her fourth kidding for my favorite, Fiona. (Okay, I admit it. I have a favorite). Every other time she got close to her kidding time, she would start following me around the yard leaning on my leg just like Maggie the golden retriever does. She's getting that way now but I know she isn't due for another week or so.

Pearl, on the other hand, has let me know I'd better stay close. That's her in the picture. The body language says it all.  I wonder if I looked like that when I had my kids? Maybe not, but I remember feeling like it.

If you were born to it, maybe kidding time doesn't cause as much anxiety as it causes me.  The first time I witnessed a baby goat heaving its way into the world was when one of mine gave me twins. Talk about excited! That's not something I ever saw in the Chicago burbs where I lived before making a break for the northwoods.

I worry:

Will I be feeding them adequately? Nobody has died and the only scours I've seen was when somebody knocked over a bag of barley and I couldn't get it cleaned up fast enough.

4/24/2016 8:52:59 AM

Jean, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I'm sure that you are caring for your precious animals just fine. With the caring attitude that you have, how could you not. You just seem to be a natural at taking care of animals. You don't have to be perfect at it. Just love them and care for them the best you know how and it will all work out. Good luck with your season of birthing. ***** Have a great kidding day.

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