|Two of my Kikobians. I call them "Zoey's Littles." |
They are a Kiko, Nubian, Nigerian cross.
With only five acres, we want to be careful to steward our land so that everything on it (plants, animals, and people) benefits and thrives. Because we do raise much of our own meat, it seemed a dual purpose goat made more sense than keeping both dairy and meat goat breeds. For that reason I originally had my heart set on raising Kinders. But when neither of my Nubians cared for their Pygmy suitor I switched tactics. I set about cross breeding Nubians, Kikos, and Nigerian Dwarfs to develop my own dual purpose breed, the Kikobian. I've been working on that for several seasons, but this year something unexpected happened. My one, unregistered Nubian doe, Lily, took a liking to my remaining Pygmy buck, Gruffy. The result was triplet Nubian/Pygmy kids, in other words, Kinders!
These guys really made me stop to rethink my goals, because this is what I wanted in the first place. Kinders are the best of two breeds: dual purpose, mid-sized, good milk producers, good personalities, and easy keepers, i.e. good at keeping weight on even when in milk. My Kikobians, on the other hand, are an unknown in terms of predictable qualities. It will take a rather large population and a number of years before I could generalize as to specific breed characteristics. And as much fun as it is to work on my Kikobian project, our small acreage doesn't allow for a very large genetic population with which to experiment. I thought about all this carefully, and finally told Dan that if I could find a Kinder buck, that's the direction I'd take.
A couple days later I was looking at craigslist. Lo and behold, I found a Pygmy/Nubian buck for sale! Meet Caleb.
|Caleb is a 15 month old half Pygmy, half Nubian buck. He almost earned him-|
self the nickname "Tarzan" because of the way he hollered his 1st week here.
He is about the same age as Aphie, but not as large & has a milder personality.
Finding and buying Caleb really made the rest of my decision making easy. I've already sold Ziggy and her triplets, also Alphie, Hooper, and Daisy. Later this summer, when their kids are old enough to be weaned, I'll sell Surprise and Zoey, also Zoey's Little Girl. The keepers? Lily's Kinder kids of course. Also
|Zoey's Little Red. Kikobian (about half Kiko, quarter Nubian, and|
quarter Nigerian. It's looking like he'll be polled and he has 2 teats)
He will be mated to
|Surprise's Miracle - Kikobian|
|Surprise's Grace - Kikobian|
Also I'll keep Lily. At this point I'm planning to breed her to Gruffy again, plus look for a Kinder or Pygmy/Nubian doe for Splash. I'll breed Caleb to Dottie and Sissy, and Little Red to Grace and Miracle. That's still a lot of goats, but we'll just see where it goes from there.
For those who asked, there it is! I'm still keeping a finger in both pies, waiting to see how things turn out.