We’ve been getting lots of questions about and requests for pictures of the new goat kids, so here they are from oldest to youngest (they are also posted on the 2013 kid page at Bramblestone Farm here). Chai Tea and Tigers Eye are sold and Pearl Tea and Silvermist are retained, but otherwise, they are for sale. The first three are bucklings that have Jewel Box as their dam and Old Mountain Farm Palindrome as their sire. They are Moonstone, Obsidian, and Tiger’s Eye, and any of these three would make very nice herdsires:
The next three have Hot Tea as their dam and Palindrome as their [...]
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The four Bramblestone Farm Nigerian Dwarf does (Hot Tea, Tinker Bell, Bit ‘O’ Honey, and Jewel Box) all kidded over the past week, and everyone is doing well. Our sister (Julie) is a highly skilled veterinary technician who stayed with us and helped during kidding – we learned a lot from her and the process was easier for the does because Julie proactively helped each (as necessary). I think a couple of the does would have been quite exhausted (if not worse), and a couple of the kids may not have made it without her assistance. I’ll be posting pictures and sale information for each [...]
Continue reading 2013 Kidding Success – A Baker’s Dozen!
“Sigh” – it seems that our first kidding season has already come and gone – the last of the bucklings left today. The three Nigerian Dwarf does (Tinker Bell, Bit ‘O’ Honey, and Jewel Box) produced eight kids (seven bucklings and one doeling) between them this spring, and we put all the bucklings up for sale. I was worried that it’d be difficult to sell that many bucklings, particularly since the does kidded late in the season and most human kids already had their goats for 4H projects. However, all the bucklings sold quickly and were picked up immediately after being weaned at eight weeks.
We retained the doeling [...]
Continue reading Kidding Season Success
Well, our first Nigerian Dwarf kidding season has ended; and the girls had one doeling and seven bucklings collectively. Seven is a few more bucklings than I’d ever imagined having in our first season, and the five latest to arrive need homes. They come from very good bloodlines and would make good herd sires or, they can be wethered and would make wonderful pets or 4H projects.
Their parents are all ADGA/AGS registered, and come from herds that have been tested to ensure that they’re disease free. The five bucklings still for sale all have the same sire, he’s Old Mountain Farm Palindrome, and he’s [...]
Continue reading Bucklings Need New Homes
Our last doe due to kid this year, Bit ‘O’ Honey, delivered her healthy kids late this morning! She started exhibiting signs of labor shortly after midnight, so one of us was up with her all night - it’s been a long day. But, around 11:30 AM today, she delivered three kids and they all seem to be doing well.
The first two kids she delivered were bucks (more bucks?); but the third was a doe. So, the very last kid delivered this year at Bramblestone Farm was finally a doe. I’m thankful that we have so many healthy kids and three very good mothers. We’ve learned so much in our first kidding season, [...]
Continue reading Final Kidding!
On Monday (4/23), the second of our Nigerian Dwarf does due to freshen (Jewel Box) kidded, and we now have three more bucklings. It was an experience for everyone – Jewel started labor around 7:30 Sunday evening and didn’t kid until around 3:30 in the morning (by then I was concerned). We believe it took so long because the first (and largest) kid was born breech – the next two practically fell out after him. The good news is that everyone is doing well, the bad news is that there are no does.
I’m very pleased with the way Jewel Box carried the kids, made it [...]
Continue reading More Kids!
Bramblestone OB Expresso and Bramblestone OB Storm are the first Nigerian Dwarf kids born here on the farm, and we’re really enjoying them. They’re doing great, and I’m not sure there’s anything more adorable and cuddly than bouncing baby goats (and we finally have goat milk!). But, since they’re both bucklings, they’re for sale.
The pedigree for these kids can be viewed by clicking here - their ancestors include many National Champions and Top Ten Milkers from lines Rosasharn, PromisedLand, Caesar’s Villa, Wood Bridge, Sugar Creek, and Twin Creeks. The kids sire, Obama, has a particularly outstanding pedigree (ARMCH/GCH Caesar’s Villa Breezy 2*D [...]
Continue reading Bramblestone’s First Kids For Sale
Tinker Bell kidded at about 4:30 PM on Tuesday afternoon, and had two bucklings. She did great for her first freshening, didn’t need any help, and the whole thing went very quickly. Both bucklings are doing well so far, although the smaller brown one isn’t as bouncy as his brother yet. The white (with moonspots!) buckling is Bramblestone Storm, and the brown (with black and white markings) is Bramblestone Expresso. Tinker’s udder looks fantastic for a first freshening, I believe she’s going to be a terrific milker.
We were really hoping for a doeling from the Tinker Bell and Obama pairing (should be great at both milk and conformation) but these two little bucks look great [...]
Continue reading First Kids Are Here!