goat had 4 babies *update pics on pg2
she is a saanen. buck was a 50/50 pygmy-nigerian dwarf but not as small as they usually are. last year she had twins (bred to saanen buck) and that was her first time. this is her second time.
cant wait until my other doe has hers! last time she went a day or two after this doe so fingers crossed. she was quite the grump this evening and think i saw some signs. she had one last time (bred to same saanen buck) also first time, this also her second time. she isnt near as big though. hoping for twins at least.
BAHAHA my mom about beat me up when i told her!
mom: FOUR??!! SHE HAD FOUR?!?!?! O: D:< how many goats did we have, for how many years?? we hardly had triplets ever! and here you have four!
she was happy for me though. just one of those things. we were talkin goats for a while then.
left to right: doe, doe, buck, buck
and showing the now skinny momma. before she kidded she was about an inch from not fitting in the doorway!
the usual is 1-2. some lines are known for triplets.
but with the smaller breeds like pygmy and nigerian dwarf they are from the tropics and breed more year round, smaller, and more common to have babies in trips/quads/quints! though the more babies can be dangerous because mom only has so much milk and might not be able to feed all alone, etc.
i'm going to be milking out this doe and bottle feeding. just to make sure that they are all getting enough. and luckily my neighbor has dairy cows so if she doesnt come into her milk then i can buy some raw cow milk from him to mix with hers.
her udder was big today but i milked her some at about 3:00 afternoon to bottle the babies a bit to make sure they got some. colostrum is super important and if nothing else i want to make sure i have some in the freezer for emergencies. she didnt seem to have much. not as much as i was expecting anyways. and tonight i went out with the bottle and tried each baby. none got much more then a mouthful. tomorrow they will be hungry for sure though so i will have it for them then. also milked her out the last bit. her milk was starting to come in though, not as thick as the mornings colostrum anyhow.
will see how much she has in the morning. either she'll be empty and full baby bellies, good. or she'll be full and empty baby bellies, not that bad i'll just milk her out and be bottle feeding the whole time (usually leave on mom for 3 days then seperate and milk/bottle feed). or she isnt much full udder and empty baby bellies, not very good, i'll need to buy raw cow milk from the neighbor and get her some goodies to hopefully up her milk.
my main reason for the goats is milk so if its the last one her milk better come in soon or i wont be a very happy camper buyin a bunch of milk FOR her babies /:<