2017 Goat Kids On Rock [Video]

This year’s kidding started three weeks ago, and within five days we had a good crop of seven little ones. We thought we were done, but somewhere along the way another one sneaked in because now we have eight. On Tuesday (so the kids here are 1½ to 2½ weeks old) they were all having a great time playing on a big rock, doing their best to answer the question “How many goat kids can fit on a rock?” The answer: “Not quite all of them!” Part way though you can see two of them run over to mamma for a nosh, but mamma does not agree that now is the time for that.



Goat Kids, 2017 Edition

Kidding was easy this year, five goats produced seven kids over four days.


Four of the kids, gathered in the southern portico of the goat shed, where they are confined with their mommas for a few days to facilitate bonding. (Some of the more headstrong moms tend to wander off with the herd, leaving their newborns wanting and wandering.)


Brain (♫ a goat they called Brain! ♪) letting hers nurse.


The three remaining kids frolicking in the sun.

Goats Kids 2015, Early Edition: Two More


Two more goat kids in past several days. Since kidding is early we are very grateful that it has been relatively mild weather.


Goats Kids 2015, Early Edition Rounds One and Two

For unknown reasons.

For unknown reasons, our rutting season started early this year, so our 2015 crop of kids has already begun. Here are the first two, one born this morning (the tawny one in the back) and the other a couple of days ago. Both first-time moms seem to be doing OK — we have them locked ion the southern portico of the loafing shed with their kids to encourage the bonding process.

The kids are under the attentive watch of our sole remaining chicken — the rest were killed in a series of fox attacks in the early fall, and this one decided to move out of the hen house down in the obviously dangerous meadow paddock up to the loafing shed with the the goats and the dogs. She lets the goats kids play with her … well at least she tolerates it much better than when our dog Bersheba “plays” with her.

Major Snowstorm Barn Chores

Like most of the US East Coast we are in the midst of a major winter storm. This has been a very cold, snowy winter so far from the first arctic blast in early December through this current storm-in-progress. 16″ on the ground with more on the way.

Here is a 10-minute video of our barn chores this morning. Once they plow our road I can get the tractor out to plow the upper driveway followed by the lower driveway we are trudging on in this video.

Goat Kids 2014

We’re still alive here at Riversdell. I know we haven’t blogged for 3 years, but sometimes life just gets in the way. The goat-raising has taken a back seat to other priorities, but we are getting back to it this year.

So, with no further ado, the first round of 2014 goat kids.

Hecate [HECK-uh-tee]  (in front), b. 1/30, Miyumkin [me-YUM-kin] b. 2/2, both girls

Hecate [HECK-uh-tee] (in front), b. 1/30, Miyumkin [me-YUM-kin] b. 2/2, both girls

Boy Per [PEAR] b. 2/4

Boy Per [PEAR] b. 2/4:

Adelle (daughter of Anette), b. 2/8, with Bersheba always ready to help

Adelle (daughter of Anette), b. 2/8, with Bersheba always ready to help

Goat Kids

For various reasons, we decided to only breed a few goats this year. Here we have moms Oona (the white one) and Queen Bee (the brown one) with their little ones. Oona kidded on the 4th, one boy, one girl, and Queen Bee went the next day with this girl (plus one kid that did not make it.)

2008 Kidding About Done

Apologies for being so far behind in posting kid pix. Until I get it all together, here is a shot of Artemis with her two kids from yesterday. An interesting two-tone coloration on one of them.

2008 Third Kidding

2nd doe to pop today was Nellie, around 4 pm. Two boys this time. About an hour and a half old in this pic. Nellie is Samanta’s mother.

2008 Kidding Continues

Samanta was our 2nd goat to kid this year. Here she is finishing cleaning up her hours old little girl this morning.

2008 Kidding Begins

Glory, our oldest goat at 8 years, was the first to kid this year. Here are her two kids, born three days ago. The girl’s in front, boy’s in back.

Grim News

It has been a bad spring here for tetanus. The 4 bred dairy does we bought from another farm last November were 2 years old and unvaccinated for Clostridial disease, as their owner did not generally vaccinate. They did well for months, then had their kids in January. This was six weeks earlier than we expected, and we had not vaccinated them — we usually vaccinate a month before kidding. In late February we found one of the new does down with what looked like tetanus. We immediately vaccinated the other 3 does and gave the sick one a hefty amount of antitoxin, but to no avail. One by one, they each died over the ensuing month. The last one’s death was a real blow, as she initially seemed to recover. (That’s her in the picture; we had been keeping her warm under a blanket, bringing her hay and water. Each night she was the the preferred sleeping spot for our youngest kids — warm and still.) None of our home stock got ill, nor did the unfortunate does’ seven kids, who we also vaccinated. It is a mystery why they all got the disease so suddenly and failed to respond – if not to vaccination (which had little time to take effect) – then to antitoxin. Though we have lost a few vaccinated does to tetanus in yeas past, it was nothing on this scale. Was this predictable and were we just stupid for not vaccinating them immediately upon their arrival to our farm? Probably so.

Goat Kids Round Two

Two goats kidded today, right on schedule. Here is Artemis cleaning the 2nd of her three (yes, triplets) …

Goat Kids Round Two [Continued]

… and here’s Iris cleaning her 2nd; looks like she had the usual twins. That’s her first on the right.

2007 Goat Babies Round One

Last week our goat babies started to arrive, several weeks before we expected them. All four of the goats that we purchased last fall already bred, had their kids last week. Luckily for all, the weather has been unseasonably warm for January. Continued…