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 kid on the Bramblestone Farm 2013 Kids page soon – we certainly have a barn full of cuteness right now. Until the Kids page is up, preliminary information on the kids can be found here (just no pictures).
Jewel Box started first by kidding Tuesday (the 26th) at around 8:30 PM in the evening. She didn’t really have issues (although there was one breach birth), and had three bucklings. They all look terrific (Old Mountain Farm Palindrome x Wild Wind Farm Jewel Box) and weighed in at 4.0 (brown & white buckskin), 3.9 (grey & brown buckskin), and 3.5 (brown & white chamois) pounds – very big and healthy boys!
Hot Tea was the next to kid, she started at about 3:30 PM on Wednesday the 27th. She probably had the easiest time of it, and also had triplets – two doelings and one buckling (3*M AR Old Mountain Farm Hot Tea 3*D AR x Old Mountain Farm Palindrome). They weighed in at 2.8 (brown & white chamois doeling), 4.3 (black & white buckling), and 3.4 (white doeling) pounds.
Tinker Bell was the next to kid at around 6:30 PM on Thursday the 28th. She broke the first kids sack (by backing up into the stall corner) before he’d progressed very far out; so we were concerned about getting him out in time, and Tinker had a hard time delivering him. But, Julie pulled while Tinker Bell pushed and everything turned out all right. Tinker Bell also had triplets (Wild Wind Farm TInker Bell x Old Mountain Farm Palindrome) weighing in at 4.1 (white buckling with gold stripe), 2.7 (white doeling), and 3.9 (white doeling) pounds.
Bit ‘O’ Honey was the last to kid, she waited until about 12:30 AM on the 29th. She’s the smallest doe so we thought she was done after two, but she actually just got slowed down by a large doe in a difficult presentation. Julie helped the doe into a better position, she came out (with a little more help), and we were shocked when a fourth doe appeared! So, Honey ended up kidding with quads (Wild Wind Farm Bit ‘O’ Honey x Hummel Hill Huckleberry Bey) weighing in at 3.2 (black & white buckling), 3.0 (brown & white doeling), 3.9 (brown & white doeling), and 3.2 (gray caped doeling) pounds.
We feel very blessed to have so many cute, healthy little kids (and mamas in good shape)!