December 19, 2010

Whose Your Daddy?

That is what I would like to know, but their mom Cookie isn't telling. These cute two new baby goats was born this past week, one doeling and one buckling. Cookie knows we are big believers in planned parent hood on the goat farm. Pairings of each doe with a buck is planned in advance and when the doe comes in heat she is either pen bred or only one buck is ran with his chosen girlfriends for that breeding season. Since most of our goats are registered we must know with absolute certainty who the sire is. The other reason is to plan when those babies will be born so as to hopefully avoid freezing weather or to plan for certain times of the year when the market for goats is better than others.

We haven't had a doe bred on our place who we didn't at least know who the sire was until about a month ago when we had the does up in the working pens and I happened to notice Cookie's udder looked quite large. I looked closer and sure enough..."Cookie, you little tart!" I couldn't help but say out loud when I realized she was less than a month for sure from kidding and that those kids would be due in December. Luckily the weather this year has not been nearly as bad as last year but still darn cold enough at night that I did move her to a room in the old shop/farm house so the kids would not be born out in the cold.

Based on what group of goats Cookie was with at the time and looking back on the calender for when Cookie must have had her secret rendezvous told me what happened but not exactly who their father was. One of the young Boer bucklings in the doe pasture last summer must have had a secret May-December romance with Cookie right before we got them moved to the weaning pen. It is a good lesson to make sure those intact buck kids are either castrated or weaned by 10-12 weeks old because some can mature quite quickly. They might not have been planned but they are adorable kids. Cookie seems quite pleased with them and we are as well.

11 comments:

Teresa said...

They are adorable! I have three girls that I think my young bucks bred when they busted through my gate. I don't have to worry about registering them, and they weren't close relatives, but now I think I'll have 10 goats due in March (instead of the 7 I planned), so I'm hoping the weather is fairly nice by then.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Unplanned...but beautiful!!!!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Beautiful little surprises! So sweet.

~Tonia said...

Uh-Oh!! Cuties anyway!!!

Mom L said...

They are beautiful!! Cookie is very lucky to have loving "parents" who won't turn her out on the road for her discretion!!!

Nancy in Iowa

Pricilla said...

I've got some coming soon since my Mallory JUMPED the fence to erm, dance with Luke.
*sigh*

Very cute little kids

Melanie said...

Beautiful surprise!

Kelly said...

You may not have planned it, but God sure knew what He was doing when those adorable little goats were conceived. They are SO STINKIN' CUTE!! We thought we had 2 pregnant goats, but one just went into heat, so she's definately not pregnant. Can't wait for those babies.

Congrats on the new additions!

The Menagerie Momma said...

So dang cute! I can't wait to meet Dym's December kids! :)

Kristine said...

It's pictures like these that make me want to go out and get myself goats for Christmas. I miss having goats. They always made me smile in the morning. ;) ... and the evening.. and whenever I sat in their yard for a visit. They're basically a smile on 4 legs. :D

Twisted Fencepost said...

Naughty little girl, but they are oh so cute!