This past Saturday something magical happened on the farm.
Something I've dreamt of since 2012.
Something I was skeptical would ever happen.
Our very first goat kid was born on the farm!
Friday morning I had a feeling kids were coming. I'm not totally sure why, but I just felt weird. I started checking her frequently, and as of about 3:30 AM, Lucy's udder was full and her ligaments gone, so I knew kids would be here soon! I hung around the farm all day, all the while Lucy acting fit as a fiddle. Eventually, my mom asked if I wanted to head to the thrift store and then grab lunch and I reluctantly said yes. I knew I'd probably miss something, but I was desperate for something to happen! By the time we were on our way back to the farm I knew I was missing something. I got my husband, got to the farm, and knew something was happening because Lucy wasn't at the gate to greet us. When we got to the goat barn, I walked around the hoop house and was immediately in shock! Not because there was a wet kid curled in a ball, but because it was a white kid! I figured it would look like Lucy, but instead he must have taken after his daddy.
For some reason, perhaps his light reddish brown coloring, I started calling him Buckwheat. He is thriving well, and Lucy is being an absolutely amazing mama. She is quite attentive and always has an eye on him. She has kept him warm, despite cold temperatures along with being well fed. In fact, that's one of the only issues we are having right now...
As you can see, Lucy is producing more than enough milk for the little booger! One side in particular, has been a bit more swollen as Buckwheat prefers one side more than the other. I've been milking out just enough to take the swelling out, but plan to start milking her out completely once a day. Hopefully that will keep her more comfortable and prevent any problems. Ironically, as excited as I was about milking I wasn't planning on doing it so soon! Thankfully milking hasn't been too difficult, and I've already decided to freeze what I do milk out to keep on hand for emergencies.
Yesterday was a nice enough we were able to go for our first big outing and spend a few hours outdoors. Buckwheat had an absolute blast and kept Lucy on her toes! He loves to just go bouncing off, and Lucy frantically tries to keep up. He wondered of to a few different places where Lucy couldn't see him and she started calling frantically, looking to me and pacing. So needless to say, he is ornery, she is attentive!
My name is Monica, I'm passionate about farming, food, and the humane treatment of livestock.