It's that time of year again! The first kidding date is quickly approaching. I have 6 does kidding this year in March and April.
First up is my herd queen Brownie, bred to Bodhi. She will be 9 years old and on her 8th freshening. She likes to have between 2-4 kids. She's due March 10th. Here she is (right) with her daughter, Primrose. I'm thinking twins or triplets for her.
Next up is Red, bred to Bodhi. She will be 6 and on her 5th freshening. I don't know how many kids she has had with each freshening but last year was her first year kidding with me and she had triplets. I'm thinking she'll have triplets again. She's due March 19th.
Next is Mia. She will be a 1 year old FF. She was bred through the fence so I don't know who she is bred to. Her due date is March 24th. She is very fluffy so there's nothing to take an udder picture of yet. I'm thinking 1-2 for her. Clearly, pregnancy has not impacted her climbing ability.
Shortly after Mia we have Primrose. She is bred to Jake and due March 27th. She will be a 2 year old FF. She's pretty fluffy as well but her teats are starting to poke through. I'm thinking 2 for her.
I got my March due does on the stand today and did a real hack job of an udder clip with my cheapie little trimmer. I sort of wish I had the experience on video. Brownie and Prim were jumping all over the place and Red kept kicking the clippers out of my hands. 😂 The goats and I are both newbies in the clipping department so I think it's decent for a first try. We still may have some cold weather so I didn't shave them clean.
I got some updated pictures of my March girls today. 3 weeks left until Brownie's due date! It was a chilly -5 this morning and the goats and I are all ready for the cold to be done!
Brownie due 3/10
I had a helper taking pictures this morning
Red due 3/19. She's losing a lot of cashmere already.
Prim due 3/27. She's hard to get rear pictures of since she's always sticking her nose in the camera when she sees me.
I'm still milking Serenity and have been very happy with her production this winter. She has very consistently produced 3 cups a day all winter and I think she'll pick up on production once the weather warms up and the pasture comes in. Today marks 1 year and 2 days of lactation and she has been on once a day milking for almost all of it. I milk share with kids while they are young and for a week or two after weaning I milk twice a day but I work them down to once a day milking as I don't have the time to milk twice. We haven't used any of the milk that we put up for the dry season so I'm going to have plenty to use for cheese and soap and such. Although I have missed my time off from milking, it has been a relatively mild winter for us (although I'm sure those of you farther south would think it's far too cold 😆) so I haven't minded the morning milking. With a couple of the does coming back into heat recently I think I will probably milk them through next winter if it's not too cold. It has definitely been an interesting experiment and I can't wait to see how Serenity does this summer.
I would highly recommend you try it! I never thought Serenity would either. I think I could probably get Red to milk through but Brownie wouldn't. She goes dry on me. She wasn't milked on her first couple lactations though so that may be a contributing factor to her short lactations. I'm interested to see Prim's milking ability. Something I found interesting was that Bunni dried up on her own around 9 1/2 months of lactation but Bekah was still producing about 2 cups when I let her dry up a couple weeks ago. Of the two, Bunni was actually milking heavier than Bekah so I was surprised she dried off.