Happy Easter Dym!Dym did indeed have her babies on Easter this year. This is the first time a goat has ever kidded on a holiday here at Shiloh Prairie Farm. The kids came with the rain, luckily it was nice and dry in the kidding pen but a steady rain fell on the farm all evening, flooding the backyard and forming large puddles of standing water outside the pens and sheds that evening. It was actually kind of peaceful sitting in the kidding pen listening to the rain while Dym kidded, never mind the fact I sunk up to the top of my shoe in the water outside of the door afterwords. At about 6:30pm she had a 10.5 lb doeling and a short while later she had a big 12 lb buckling. I really kind of thought she was going to have triplets but she just had two very good sized twins; which I think is great because I prefer them to have twins over anything else.
The doeling came very quickly, in fact Dym was just checked and before I got back out there with the kidding box she had already had her. Notice the dot of color on her back? I guess that is going to be Joker's mark, because not only does he have a spot on his back like that but so far he has passed it on to almost all of his kids. The buckling took a little bit longer and was presented incorrectly with one front leg back. All I saw was one big head and one leg coming out but with a little bit of help Dym's buckling was born too. It is possible she may have been able to have him herself anyway like that but it certainly made things a lot easier on her and increased the kid's chance of survival that I was there.
This is the reason I do like to be there when they kid, it is rare that one is not positioned right but it can happen. The one I never want to see is a kid with it's head folded back, as that is one of the hardest types of births to straighten out because their head often tends to keep folding back over whenever you let go to pull and obviously it can not be born like that. This is one of the few cases when a lamb puller can come in handy. Just a note, if you ever have to "go in" to reposition a kid the doe will need antibiotics to prevent infection.