It is with great pride, that I’d like to introduce you to…….. Drumroll please….. Pumpkins babies!!!
This past Tuesday (Feb. 4), Mom & I pulled up to the barn to the barn at 8pm after wrestling practice. I was only wearing a hoodie so it was cold. I walked into the barn when…… I heard the quietest BAAAAA of my goat career. Then I ran into our birthing pen to see two small black piles of cuteness. Both had brown eyes that were very small. There was one with black and white dapples. The other one was all black. I picked one up and started to dry it off. The fur was very slimy and wet. I checked to see if it was a boy or girl. It was a boy. My mom was there too and her kid was a girl. We helped them nurse off Pumpkin. Well, getting a very tired boer goat up isn’t as easy as you think. I pushed and pulled until she finally got up. I ran back to the house and grabbed a few more towels and headed out to the barn. We kept drying them off and helping them nurse. I saw that one of the kids had a weak leg so we picked up some selenium and kid colostrum. We gave her both of the supplements and this morning she was already looking better. Today she is on her feet and walking around.
Back in November we put Nestle with Shrf Woody, my buck. Then we let them stay with each other for two months just to make sure. Dr. Adams came today, and he performed an ultra sound on Nestle……. She’s giving birth early April!!!
I’m very nervous about Pumpkin’s labor, and yet also excited about it. Also Pumpkin’s belly literally looks like a pumpkin. It’s that big. Our set up for her birth is two plywoood boards screwed to a wall with a ton of straw in the pen. If Pumpkin spits out girls, we will show them at the Grant County Fair, and if their boys, we will take them to the livestock auction at the Grant County Fair.
This is Crystal from Blue Cactus Dairy Goats she will have a list of supplies she use’s for labor.
Our hens got a little sniffles, so they have been medicated with oxytet powder; therefore, we will not be selling eggs for one to two weeks. No worries! We’ll back at the market soon enough.
Pumpkin will give birth in 17 days. She was bred to Caprioles Frisky Whiskey from Ten Strike Ranch. Betsy Hyland Muehleip (Owner of Ten Strike Ranch.) Thank to for getting me stared with boer goats.
Nestle will give birth in march. She was bred to Shrf Woody from Parrish Farms. Many thanks to Jennifer Parrish, click here for Parrish Farms website.
I wanted to make a wind break for the goats because the wind was coming from the north east and it was very cold. I made this wall the way I did because it was affordable and very strong.
First, I drew up my design and went to Eastman Cartwright and picked up some two by four’s. I threw them in my mom’s truck and we drove on home. When we arrived home it was a pain to get it up. One of us had to hold up a two by four and the other would screw it into these big post that were supporting the barn. Then we screwed some OSB on to the two by four’s and called it a night.
Meet Matthew’s newest 4h project, Pumpkin (black & white dapple). She is bred to Caprioles Frisky Whiskey owned by Ten Strikes Ranch with due date around February 2, 2020.
Betsy Hyland Muehleip, thank you for getting him started with his own does. He’s got his hands full, but is looking forward to the work.