Friday, March 19, 2010

Pregnant Goats

Meet Connie:


Connie is a 3/4 Nubian, 1/4 Alpine dairy goat. She's about a year old, and she was born right here at the Doran homestead.

This was Connie a year ago. Heart melting yet? Mine is. When Connie was born, I wasn't here, and her mom didn't take care of her properly. We lost her sister, Smudge, but after a lot of care and a few days inside, Connie pulled through.

Meet Connie's mom, Molly:

She's the one on the far right. She's a 1/2 Nubian 1/2 Alpine dairy goat. Maybe 3 years old, purchased last year.

And then there's Erica, who is the brown one. She's a full Nubian.

It's kidding time in goat world. Time for baby goats. We are 100% sure Connie and Molly are pregnant, and they are due anytime between now and April 20th. We are not hoping for a baby from Erica, though. If she is pregnant, she's carrying a tiny single. But she hasn't shown any signs at all that she is pregnant. Which stinks, because I really wanted Erica-babies. We'll try again next year.

My bet is that Molly will have triplets. Connie twins. I mean, look at these wide loads:

(Please excuse the lack of glamourous face shots... they were eating breakfast.)

This year, we have a nifty little tool to help us be there for the births. A friend ordered a live-action IP camera for his baby's nursery so his friends could see the baby, and it gave us the brillient idea of setting up one of those same cameras in our barn! The cam is on it's way and should be here in the next few days. We're going to set it up in the barn so that we know at a glance if any of the girls are in labor. It will also be hooked up to the interwebz, so our friends, blog-readers, or other interested people can watch. (Fair warning, though, goats are notorious about having 2am births.). It will also be recorded for later viewing.

I'm psyched.

Ummm... girls? You're doing it wrong. Just sayin'