And Two More Makes Five!

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!

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New 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.

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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1 Response to And Two More Makes Five!

  1. Donna says:

    I know what you mean…I have raised and bred Yorkshire Terriers for 32/yr. When they are due, I am like an ole mother hen and watch them even breath. I have more than once come down stairs to the kennel area to hear babies and see them all snuggled up to mom. This is a good feeling when everything goes right! Now, no more Yorkies and I am trying to find out how to make Goat’s milk soap to add to my Soy Candle business!!!

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