• First Arrival: Sade’s Baby Goats

    The time is FINALLY here! We welcomed our first baby goats yesterday! In years past we have always kidded in April and May, but this year our buck’s schedule was pretty full so we waited until January to breed the girls which meant that our kidding dates are in June this year. Our first doe to kid was Sade. Sade is four years old and this was Sade’s second birth, as her breeding didn’t take last year. Last time she kidded she had two does (girls) and we kept both of them in our herd. Lucy is due this month for the first time, while it appears Ethyl didn’t spend quite…

  • Our Weekend Adventures and Baby Goats

    Man things around the farm are busy! In Washington we all look forward to this time of year when the gray skies start to clear and summer takes shape. On the farm, the spring and summer are the busiest parts of the year and this year is going to be no different. In an effort to get some last minute R&R before the craziness of summer takes over, our family took a short trip across the mountains to Lake Chelan for Kate’s 14th birthday! Originally Kate wanted to go to the ocean and go clam digging but the warmer than normal weather brought upon an algae attack in the ocean and they…

  • I can’t resist…more baby goat videos

    EB had her babies last night while I was in car driving home from work. Luckily Kate and Ross were home to help. She delivered three kids, one large buckling (boy), one small buckling, and one very small doeling. The doeling is adorable with pretty blue eyes. She had a hard time figuring the whole nursing thing so Kate and I helped her out with a bottle to make sure she got the nutrient rich colostrum. Hopefully by the time I get home tonight her brothers have shown her the ropes. Below are some videos I took because I absolutely cannot resist the cuteness and I am guess neither can…

  • Sade’s New Arrivals

    Last night Sade welcomed two new doelings into the world. We welcomed Sade to the farm in July of 2012 and ever since then Sade has had a special place in my heart. We bought her as a single and since she was the youngest in the herd at the time the other goats picked on her quite a bit. Since I couldn’t stand to watch her be alone in the barn I often brought her inside the house so she could get her share of food and even catch a few movies. She quickly learned to come when I called her (watch the video) and she staked her claim on the…

  • Venise’s Blog: EB’s Natural Maternal Instincts Videos

    Probably the most amazing part of EB’s delivery  was watching our goat’s natural instincts in action. This was EB’s first pregnancy and it was amazing to see nature at work.  Just like they said she would, she became very friendly and was obviously distraught when we would leave her alone. When she started contracting we felt really bad for her and tried to stay with her as much as possible. When we were sitting with her she would quiet down and relax. While we enjoyed helping her feel comfortable we also noticed that she wasn’t progressing when we would sit with her so we would try to leave periodically so she could pace, stretch out,…

  • Venise’s Blog: EB Kidded!

    At 3:30 AM EB finally had her kids. She had been in active labor since 7:00PM. We took turns sitting with her until 1:00AM and then finally went to bed, but we still got up and checked her every hour. We checked her at 2:45AM and she had not progressed any further. Then at 3:30AM I checked the barn camera and noticed a large dark spot next to her hind end. I got Ross up and woke up my mom and Kate who were sleeping over so they didn’t miss the excitement. When we got out there there EB had just finished delivering a small doeling. The doeling was not…