Prada kidded this morning! She gave birth to one* buck kid, who currently has her color with white markings. Â He is sired by Candyman!
Both mom and baby seem to be doing fine though grandma (that would be me) might be panicking a little bit. Â He may have nursed immediately after being born before we got out there this morning — Bryan’s pretty sure he came upon a freshly birthed goat, given the state of wetness, when he stopped to peak before heading off to work. Â (He took this first photo with his camera phone, so the quality’s a bit off).
By the time I got out there though, maybe 20 minutes later, little bit was clean and dry. Â I was then gone for about an hour and a half before I returned to take up my post side-stall. Â I’ve yet to see him nurse directly from Prada, so I milked her a little and gave him colostrum with a syringe. Â Now I’m trying to busy myself and let mom and baby rest for a little while before returning to panic mode, if necessary.
More photos of the newest member of our herd:
*UPDATE: Unfortunately, we discovered that Prada had kidded another buck, which we believe to have been stillborn. Â She kidded early on a Monday morning in the kidding stall. Â I scooped out the “clumps” of soiled top straw, but otherwise did not disturb mom and baby to clean out the entire stall. Â On Tuesday, when mom and baby were scampering around in the small yard attached to the goat house, I decided to take the opportunity to clean out all the straw down to the dirt and replace with fresh. Â In doing so, I found another kid “buried” in the corner. Â It was under quite a bit of packed down straw. Â Given that she’s a first freshener and first-timers typically only have one kid, we didn’t look for another kid right away. Â I spoke with Candyman’s owner who said it could have been the result of a separately-fertilized egg, though that’s rare, or that she could have fallen on it during the second kidding if they came close together. Â However, given how deep the kid was buried under the straw, I don’t believe that to be the case. Â The good news is that the little buck that survived is doing well, growing and getting feistier every day!