madshutterbug (madshutterbug) wrote,

Kid Count

Sometimes, in my mind though probably not yours, I wonder if y'all believe me when I say teh Ranch is a working ranch. Mostly this isn't an issue with me. Just sometimes.

Today isn't one of those days.

Mentioned to y'all about the kidding starting during the intense cold of last week. Key word, starting. By Wednesday the kid count (counting the two that died of cold stress) was 15. Today the kid count (counting the two, and one stillborn today) is 34. This makes 31 live kids out there.

Today we warmed up. It's like the heat sucked all these kids out. It's also good that this, probably the peak of the kidding, occurred on this nice, balmy, clear and still day. We've three sets of triplets, all so far (two from today) doing well. One of those sets of triplets isn't moved over to the barn yet, and isn't going to be. Their doe is one of the orneriest in the herd. Seriously, I pity any predator that tries. She's already butted Herself twice. Herself is fine, thank you.

There are still three does we're expecting to kid soon. Tomorrow the forecast is for rain; so yes, probably those three will kid tomorrow. The barn is prepped.

Oh, and one of the chickens I posted in a photo a while back, she showed strong desire to brood eggs. So we let her. Her clutch hatched probably Wednesday, we heard them yesterday. She's got four chicks.

So. There's gonna be a whole lot of goat available for sale next year.
Tags: goats, life, ranch

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