|Willie and Irena|
We are down to the last month of waiting for new babies! We may have our first kids on the ground around March 1st. Our girls are getting round! Well, two of them are. Starlight is less rotund that Cupcake and Japanzy. She still seems pregnant, judging by her udder, behavior, and vulva...I HOPE! She was, after all, my best milker last year. This last month of waiting is the hardest. It gets so exciting! There's a lot more to managing the herd before kidding starts as well. I like to deworm does about a week before they give birth, and again the day after. I also begin to feed a bit of grain and alfalfa about a week before kidding. This means more moving goats around, so they can eat their individual diets without interference. There is no such thing as feeding something to one or two goats when they are all together.
Once, I tried to feed them each their dose of copper in a little "sandwich". I was mauled by five does at once, ten little front hooves all jumping up on me, and a melee the likes of which I've seldom seen. :) It was fun! But, not effective.