|White or cream with gold markings is common coloring|
for Kikos. although they can be other colors as well.
We bought him several days ago. He's a spring born, mostly Kiko buckling, advertised as having a Kiko dam and 97% Kiko sire. I put him in with Alphie first. There has been a little head butting, but not much, since both of these little guys are missing their mamas.
|Same age and height, but Alphie is a little chunkier.|
I had hoped to let Alphie stay with Surprise for at least another month. Unfortunately, little bucks reach breeding maturity around two months of age. Alphie would nurse and then run around behind Surprise attempting to mount her with his breeding apparatus at the ready. Then he'd go after Lily. Neither doe was happy about this, so poor little Alphie now has to face the sad reality of Mama on the other side of the fence.
|Surprise is less concerned about weaning than Alphie, but she obliges him by|
hanging out with him by the fence. She's giving me a gallon of milk per day.
My plan has been to breed Surprise and Lily to one Kiko buck one year, and to another the next. I had hoped to find another full Kiko, like Elvis, but even unregistered they were out of my price range at this time. The offspring from these different matings will hopefully give me enough genetic diversity to experiment with the Nubian/Kiko cross over the next few years. What I'm hoping for, is a goat with the good milking qualities of the Nubian, and the stamina of the Kiko along with it's ability to thrive on forage alone. This is a concern for me because Surprise, in particular, puts everything into making milk so that it's hard to keep her in a healthy weight when she's in milk.
|Gruffy and Elvis were curious about the newcomer.|
Introductions to the "Big Boys" went smoothly. Elvis stands over the little guys and pushes them around a little, to demonstrate his dominance. They're all getting along pretty well, though Elvis tends to get a little rough at times. Even so, the new kid tends to gravitate toward Elvis, I reckon because Elvis's common Kiko coloring looks familiar. Will I keep Elvis? No. He's currently listed on Craigslist.
And how about a few parting shots of the babies.
|We've about decided on names: Rosie for the dark twin, Daisy for the other|
|Only Mama puts up with this.|
|Chickens are still a curiosity.|
Lastly, the Ziggster.
|Poor Ziggy, tired of being pregnant|
No, she still hasn't delivered! Besides now, my last potential due date is June 7th.
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