Remember I mentioned in my first entry that goats have a thing for snowstorms, low temperatures, & vacations? Well, it took a vacation & low temperatures, but we finally have goat babies in the barn!
If you live locally, you know we had bitter cold temperatures over the weekend - in the teens overnight and "real feel" temperatures down to the single digits with the wind. We had a short weekend vacation planned that we didn't want to miss. Looking at the forecast & knowing we were going to be away, we were sure Oakley would kid. So, we asked dear friends & fellow animal lovers if they would goat sit for us. They conveniently put up Oakley & Nickel for the weekend in their heated barn. We sent both of them because we are suspecting Nickel will go early & goats do better with a buddy.
He checked Oakley Saturday morning. All was well. He came back at lunchtime and found the two babies! The doeling was still wet, but Oakley was taking great care of them! He thinks she was wet because she was just born. He took fabulous care of them until we picked them up on Sunday and brought them home. They are now settled into our barn and doing well.
Here are some photos of the doeling.
And here is her brother... (He wasn't posing as nicely for me as she did - so better pictures will come later!)
These little ones need some names. Since Oakley's name is "Annie Oakley" we are thinking about naming them after some American heros. Like Harriet & Henry (Harriet Tubman & John Henry) or William & Penny (after William Penn). Give us your ideas in the comments!
Looking at the snowstorm coming this week, perhaps we'll have more goat kids!
Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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