We checked on Sally last night around 9 pm when we did chores. Her udder was full and she’d been by herself a lot of the day, no signs of mucousy discharge. Birth did not seem imminent. We watched a YouTube video about how the moon affects planting and went to bed.
This morning, Voila! Magic! There were kids!
Sally’s new kids! Two soft and cuddly (and large) bucklings!
But it took a minute for The Animal Whisperer to realize what was going on.
He went out to the barn around 7 am to feed. When he lets the goats and chickens out of their various stalls, he always checks to make sure everything is as expected. Every animal accounted for and in good shape. He scanned the barn, saw all the usual suspects. All goats and kids and chickens present.
But WAAAAAAIT just a darn MINUTE! The kids cuddled up on the leaves right over there WERE NOT on the roster last night.
It’s got to be a funny feeling to look in on the animals and see two babies lying there, dry, cuddled up, sleeping, no signs of birth, no mess, no nothing. Just all the usual goats plus two extra babies. It’s the kind of feeling that might stop you in your tracks for a second until you do a quick early morning clear the cobwebs out of the brain scan and realize that yes, there is a goat in here whose voice told her quickly and efficiently that it was time to get those babies on the outside of her body, instead of the inside. And thankfully, she did it without waking us up, producing two healthy little boys.
Sally, you are my new favorite goat. Plus, you have the longest beard. There are rare times that a beard looks good on a woman. This is one of those times.
So, there you have it. Potentially the end of our kidding season. Potentially, because we’re not sure if Canela ever really got pregnant, despite being bred and bred and bred and bred and bred, until we finally sold her boyfriend.
If she does have some unexpected babies, it’ll be sometime in the summer and you’ll hear about it.
Now, I’ve got to go back and stir the first batch of feta I’ve made in six months. Thank goodness the milk is flowing again!!!
– The Goat Cheese Grandma. Proud Grandma of this season’s 5 new kids.