The 2018 baby Nigerian Dwarf goats began arriving Easter morning! We anxiously anticipate kidding season each spring, both with apprehension and excitement. Excitement about the birth of new Nigerian Dwarf goat kids, and apprehension over whether everyone will arrive without issues.
First 2018 Baby Nigerian Dwarf Goat Arrivals:
On Easter Sunday morning (4/1/18 at about 6:00 AM – 148 days), 3*M Bramblestone Amethyst *D decided it was time. She delivered two bucklings and one doeling. They were all in the correct orientation for easy births, and it happened very quickly.
The first two to arrive were both bucks and are very similar in appearance – light golden brown in coloration (they remind me of their sire – Old Mountain Farm Springloaded). The first to arrive weighed 3.8 lbs., had a white patch on the top of his head, and we believe he’s polled! The registration letter this year is K, so the photo below is him (K1). We’re thinking of naming him Bramblestone Gold Dust.
The second to arrive was a 3.9 lb. buckling with similar coloration as K1 but he’s horned. He’s K2 and we’re thinking of naming him Bramblestone Copper. The third to arrive was a 2.3 lb. doeling who we believe is also horned. She’s a chamoisee with lots of white overlay and we haven’t really decided on a name for her, but since she’s Amethyst’s daughter we’re looking for a precious stone or metal that would fit her. Here are K2 and K3 together:
Here’s the happy family all together – we’re always so relieved when everyone arrives healthy!
The second 2018 Baby Nigerian Dwarf Goat Arrivals:
Again on Easter Sunday (4/1/18 at about 8:30 PM – 144 days), Bramblestone Sun Tea 4*D also decided it was time. She had a polled buckling (K4), doeling (K5), buckling (K6), and polled doeling (K7) – Quads! Everyone was in the correct presentation so everything went quickly and smoothly.
The first K4 buckling looks a lot like his sire (*B CH Bramblestone Celtic Quinn) and was 2.9 lbs when born (he’s the one nursing in the photo above. The second K5 doeling was 2.4 lbs. and looks a lot like her dam – she’s the one at the very top of the picture. The third K6 buckling was also 2.4 lbs. and is below Sun’s nose in the picture above. The final K7 doeling was 1.9 lbs. and is partially hidden behind Sun’s head in the picture.
Sun is doing an excellent job of handling the quads and doesn’t seem to be having any problem feeding all of them at this point. They’re all healthy and doing well. We’ll be trying to figure out names (different types of tea) and getting better pictures of each of them. We’re also waiting on four more goats to freshen this week! The kidding schedule is here: 2018 Bramblestone Farm Nigerian Dwarf Kidding Schedule. Here they are sleeping at about 20 hours old:
It’s awesome having baby goats in the barn again, they’re so joyful and so much fun!! This is the other thing we received Easter evening – SNOW