We were fortunate that Tinker Bell kidded without having difficulties, and is a very good mother too. I’m amazed at the way she cares for her kids – as newborns, she’d wake them every few hours and get them to nurse – as they’ve grown older and the stronger kid wants to nurse all the time, she regulates how often he gets to nurse but still encourages the weaker one to nurse frequently. She also cleaned everything up after kidding – I suppose it’s to prevent predators from finding the young; but it’s still incredible that they can do it [...]
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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 [...]
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