Kidding Season is Under Way
By Erin Baldwin
Winter won’t release its grip, hammering us with ten more inches of snow overnight Sunday and into Monday morning. This winter has worn us down with week after week of extremely bitter temperatures, which is not only hard on a soul longing for summer but hard on the animals around the homestead as well. It seems summer just can’t come soon enough.
Before this last storm rolled in, we did have a fleeting burst of fair weather, perfectly timed for the arrival of our third kid this season. Our mixed breed goat, Helen, came to our herd this past summer and this is her first kidding. A little buckling whom we named Heinz presented perfectly and was born mid-day Saturday.
Three days later he’s strong and romping around his pen.
In just 10 days, the main herd, consisting of our five Nubians, is due. The anticipation is building and soon the homestead will be bustling with new life. Until then we will keep doing our best to will the thermometer to rise.
Grab and Go Kidding Kit
When it comes to kidding season, it can turn life upside down fast. Most often kidding, is a pretty stressful time for any goat parent, whether seasoned or not. Having the correct equipment and medications on-hand will make life easier. No two births are the same. Therefore, different items may be needed depending upon the […]
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