Reed and I visited Betsy’s farm this afternoon and during our tour we saw a herd of Boer goats, a variety of chickens, ducks, guineas, a pea hen, Holstein calves, cats, fallow deer and a dog named Rowdy. The Boer goats are starting to have babies and we saw a set of twins and a set of triplets, each a couple days old.
Before we left to go home we decided to look at the baby goats just one more time. Holy Smokes – another goat had gone into labor in the next pen in the nursery. We waited and watched.
The first baby born was a boy they named Reed.
The second baby goat born was a girl – she was named for Reed’s twin sister, Myra.
In the meantime Betsy’s husband went out to start chores and yelled “more babies over here!” Another mama had just had a set of twins in an outbuilding. He grabbed the wet slippery babies and handed them to Betsy. Reed and I ran ahead to open doors in the nursery. Threw some fresh straw on the floor, laid the babies down and he brought the mama in, dragging her by her horns.
While we were admiring the two sets of twins, the first mama started to have contractions. Holy Smokes again! She had a third baby – another boy that we named Nolan after Reed’s older brother.
Triplets are not always welcome since the female goat has only two nipples. Every third baby becomes a bottle baby or a part time bottle baby. It’s lots of work and no, I did not bring one home. I think I’m getting too old for that much work and I get way too attached.
Reed got to help guide the baby named Reed to the food faucet.
It was an awesome afternoon that could not have been planned. Reed and I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I am still on a “high” just writing about it!
Eric, Nikki and Camber left this morning. We were concerned about Hazel’s reaction to a 17 month old. She has never met a small person before and Jack Russell Terriers are known to be very impatient with kids but we were thrilled to see Hazel lick Camber, follow her around the house and share her bed. Here are a few pictures.
It was such fun to have her here but I’m too old to keep up with a 17 month old.
She liked all the cats except the black one named Dino.
Oh my goodness, what a day, what a week – I’ve got to get back to sewing! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and are ready to decorate for Christmas!