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Sarah Kidded day 147! Pics last post!!!!

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Sarah's due 6-20 just after Blessing. I can't wait to see her udder full. She's a beautiful doe who's finally starting to fill out like I'd hoped. She is beautiful anyway. She's bred to Larkspur who's buckskin with blue-eyes so we're hoping for lots of doelings with blue-eyes! Ha! She's a first freshener. She too is super sweet, my daughter hangs all over her. She's practically claimed Sarah as "her" doe. Gwen being her first doe since she's a bottle baby and Hannah has spoiled her rotten!

Can't wait! The time is ticking away fast! What do you think she'll have?

5-20-08 body shot...

Pictures from yesterday 6-4-08...

She's every bit the size of Blessing in body size, but girth, Blessing does have her beat. ;) This is an odd angle, but you can see both bellies.
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Re: Sarah day 135

That would be totally cool! I hope your right! :D
Re: Sarah day 135

Haha its just the sticky tiles. Way back when, it was actually a barn we used for chickens. We kept chicken cages on shelves along the walls. We had a lot of bantams back then. We decided to sell out and then the barn was empty for a while. Our goat herd was growing so we completely cleared it out and turned it into the goat barn.

The reason we'd put the sticky tiles down was to make removal of chicken manure easier. Scraping on wood floors is hard, but tile makes it slip right off. So in the stalls it still serves that purpose though most of it is chipped and missing. One whole side of the barn doesn't have the tiles, just the stall side. They tend to chip up when you muck out with shovels often so its no big deal.

Yes Sarah is beautiful with her spots. She's actually buckskin under all those spots, you can see some on her back and rump that are paler colored than her shoulder spots and neck spots. Her chest shows some of the buckskin markings too.
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Sarah's doing great, I think she'll kid early next week. Can't wait to see what she has!
Re: Sarah day 143

No I haven't taken any. She looks the same too. No real change. Last night I "thought" her ligaments were gone but I felt one really low. So its a waiting game still.
Re: Sarah day 145

False alarm yesterday. No ligaments, listened to her all night. Nothing. This morning she had ligaments again. UH!!!!! Wednesday is the full moon! She'd be on 148 then.
Re: Sarah day 146 false alarm...

Sarah kidded!!! Yesterday morning her udder had doubled and her ligaments were gone. I watched her and by 1:30pm she had kidded.

She had twin :girl: :girl: and both are Blue-eyed!

Y32, name to come. She is a big girl! Looks almost identical to Sarah...

Y33, name to come. She is a character already!

They're doing great and she's a great mother!
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Thanks! They are precious. I am so thrilled. The first girl was so big, and the second was almost half her size. I'm just thrilled!
Her udder looks pretty good. I think they're both nursing one side though so its bound to wind up lopsided unless I pull and milk. I'll need to get some pictures of it. Need batteries again.

Yes I did notice that the first born does look like Isabel. She's beautiful. Working on names...
I will wait till I can fill her in for photos so that'll be at least when the kids are 2 weeks.

Names. Hm... I'm kind of leaning towards Gardenia for the white one and maybe Echinacea for the light buckskin. I'm kind of leaning towards retaining the pale buckskin doeling. I'm waiting to see how ears fill out too. ;)
The kids are maturing beautifully.

Sarah is a purebred Nigerian Dwarf. She's out of 4 Fun Upset by ARMCH Munchranch PH Magic Marker. She's one of triplet does. Her dam had the goofy ears. Sarah has goofy ears too. She's the only one I have like that. Thank goodness neither of her kids look like that!

Here's Y32 Gardenia...

Here's Y33 Jasmine...

We're retaining Jasmine and Gardenia is reserved.
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She's a bit lopsided right now from her kids nursing. I've been milking the side the kids aren't eating from and then they eat from that side letting the other side fill in more. So whenever I see it uneven I milk the fuller side. Haha I haven't pulled them from her yet to see her full. I have thought about doing that tonight or tomorrow night to see. Her and Blessing both. Can't you hear the loud mouths now! Haha

I also wanted to add.... that I'm a little afraid to see her full for fear that she'll be lopsided! Yikes!!! ;) We can hope and pray she's not.
Thanks everyone! I think I might try pulling them tonight and see them in the AM. I won't have time to clip her udder for the photos though so expect hair!

I know these kids are adorable aren't they? Trying to figure out who to breed her to for next year. Not even sure. I like these kids though so maybe a repeat breeding. Who knows.
Well she was very lopsided this morning. Worse than I thought she'd be. I can't be positive but she maybe drying on one side. So much for all the work I did. Here's a 3/4...

Blessing however, has surpassed my expectations. May even keep her.
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I have seriously thought about bottle raising these kids. I usually pull them around 1 week though so I don't know how well these will adjust to the change. Anyone taken 2 week olds? They're literally 2 weeks today. Haven't disbudded yet either. Planned to do that very soon.
Yeah but I'd rather milk her to feed them and if I'd have to dry her to fix the problem I don't see that working.
My problem is taking them from birth. I always get to feeling so incredibly guilt when I take them. LOL So I let them mom's keep them. Then I keep talking about taking them to bottle raise but never do. Some I do, but not as many as I think about taking.
Yeah I know what you mean. All the pros seem to be in bottle raising for friendlier kids and seeing the dam's udder twice a day for milking. I just don't know how logical it would be for me to think I can do them all. You know? My hubby works 2nd so having his help at milkings is pretty well non existant. Hannah's still young and not quite got the hang of milking etc. So I don't know if I can rely on her help either. And my hands are horribly sore after one milking. I have carpal tunnel I think too so that sure doesn't help. Stevie wants to build a milk machine to make it easier on all involved. Besides it makes time pass faster.

I have finally gotten the hang of milking both sides at one time. I use to have to do one side at at time and the doe would get irritated with me taking so long. Haha!
Well wish me luck as I'm going to need it. I took Sarah's doelings tonight. Well stalled them in their usual stall without Sarah. They're getting so incredibly wild and hard to deal with so I'm going to bottle raise. I don't know how this happens. Must not be spending enough time down there and then having to chase them around the pasture to catch them to put them up at night and of course the disbudding yesterday all don't help. Only seems to be intensifying their distrust for me. So I've tried sitting with them to calm them but they do not like that one bit. So I'm going to try to bottle raise. I sure hope they take the bottle. I haven't pulled kids at 2 weeks before. Wish me luck!
I doubt we'll get anywhere trying. Last kids I tried going on 3 weeks like this did not get anywhere. I was able to give up and put them on their mom again before she forgot them. I may just keep them up another week or so since the putting them up part is the worse. Spending quality time with Hannah with the babies this week and then trying to let them out in a week or so may work better.
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