Prepper Forum / Survivalist Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
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 /:<
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
so my other doe had discharge last night (sign of being close to kidding) and was NOT about to let me touch her other then pulling her collar to get her off the stand. and today i could tell her udder was *definitely* bagged up much more. definitely having them today...
check the quads and watch her a while... nada... she is grumpy, about it.
check on her at noon since thats when they seem to be havin them... nope. i fiddle around for an hour (until 1pm). nope. she had about 5 good contractions and some smaller ones here and there between.
check on her at 3pm... same deal... dig. stand and look grumpy and uncomfortable. dig. stand. small contraction. lay down. wiggle. move to other side. stand up for stronger contraction. dig..... so finally at 4pm i'm about to go nuts so i go fiddle around in the rabbit barn...
about 5pm my dad decides we're going to town for dinner for vday. get back and i go out to check them at 8pm and she has 2 B-E-A-U-TIFUL twin girls!

and when youtube FINALLY uploads my video parts so i can edit them i will put the link here :)





 
  • Like
Reactions: oldmurph58 and dani

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,683 Posts
WOW they look great, fat and healthy. Are they cross breeds? I have been meaning to try goat for the life of me, even found a place that butchers it. The people next to our farm had some and some asshole called code enforcement on them made them remove the animals and almost cost us our chickens. After a very tense 'meeting' with the local authorities in their offices (boy I got some interesting footage of that) they realized that they would be losing half of the vote since we control most of the district literally through land, they wised up and made 'exceptions' for us farmers but unfortunately they scared the neighbors enough to stop raising goats despite our best encouragement. Sad thing, really. I'm almost tempted to start raising them on my property and going ape-shit at anyone who raises an issue. This is AMERICA gurd-durn, as far as I'm concerned my livestock is none of my neighbor's business. The folks around me here know by now that I am not someone whom gets pushed around. I am thinking of building a pen out there in the woods and I think the children of the neighborhood would enjoy a little petting zoo near their bus stop at my pond. One kid brings a collapsible fishing pole in his backpack and fishes quite often, I couldn't imagine his buddies would mind feeding the goats while they stand there. I could just leave the stuff out and let them scoop it up in the morning. Goats here are about 50 a pop, fencing is about 10 a foot.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
ya goat prices here are going up. lately its about $50 for a wether (boy goat with no nuggets ;) in case anyone didnt know) and $200+ for anything else. heck i've seen wethers in ads for $150 o_O personally wethers are either trained to pack or they are getting fattened for the freezer. i aint spendin no $150 on a dang 5 year old pygmy wether, aint nothin gonna come from that for me.


both my does are saanen. standard size milk breed. the buck they were bred to was half pygmy-half nigerian dwarf. both are "mini" breeds though some people use em for milk and meat. my experience they are half the size, give half the milk, and being half size you know half the meat.
but my saanens arent the best milkers either so will have to see how these does do, ones i keep. just these two and i have to throw away some milk and cheese that doesnt get used so not that huge of an issue for me. hope to fix that with a pig though soon. and save up for a seperator so i can make butter. yumm i miss goat butter!
 
  • Like
Reactions: oldmurph58 and dani

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
video! a bit slow but it takes ages to upload for me...

 
  • Like
Reactions: oldmurph58

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
I planned to raise a few goats. Even had the connection to pick them up. Imagine how surprised I was when I found out that the COUNTY changed my property rights! I no longer can raise any livestock or even chickens in rural Illinois (tazewell county). I was shocked that they could take away rights that I had when I bought my property. Sure enough I fought and I lost. So, I am packing it in and moving out of Illinois which is probably for the best anyway. It puts my plans on the back burner until I can sell my business and home but meanwhile I travel to our place in MO and enjoy my part time freedom.

I have goat envy, bigtime.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
moonbeam on milk stand (just got milked so no udder really)


milkyway on milk stand (also just got milked)


moonbeam's baby girl on stand (being a pickle). the red sister died ):


milkyway's baby girl on stand


milkyway's second baby girl on stand


don't have pic of milkyway's boy yet. its the creamy colored one because the sweet white one died ):

but this shows how they are growing. much smaller then straight out saanen would be at this age. might be selling them off for some other goats. not sure yet, depends on a lot of things.
 
  • Like
Reactions: oldmurph58 and dani

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Your goat staunch looks a good deal like mine. . . and is your milking barn made out of garage panels? Just looking like it. Saanen goats are known for milking. I have a friend who has one and she gets almost 2 gallons a day for Peaches. I have a Nubian that gives about 1 gallon a day
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top