June 29, 2015

My New Kinder Girls

Expanding my little herd

At the top of my list of things to share, here is something that's been in the works for a couple of months now and I am pleased to announce is finally a reality - the expansion of my Kinder herd with three new doelings. May I introduce

Saluki. She's 4 months old and loves being petted.

Illini. 6 months old and also very friendly.

Prairie Violet is 3 months old and the shyest. She
has given my hand a few sniffs but that's about it.

They are from Kinder Korner Farm and their names are hints as to where that is located. Can you guess?

Saluki and Illini are very friendly, but Violet is shy and concerned about being here. She and Illini have had some pretty good hollering sessions for their moms, while Saluki was a bottle baby.

What do my other girls think?

Jessie and Violet

This is typical goat behavior

The kids pretty much take it all in stride, with plenty of sparring over the log and stone steps.

Stella, Saluki, and Jessie

The adult does have taken it pretty well too,

Daphne, Stella (head down), Violet, and Saluki

although there have been several "mind your elders" butts.

My little girls from front left: Illini, Violet, Jessie, Stella, & Saluki

I'm trying on some nicknames for Illini and Saluki - Linney and Luki - what do you think?

Of my homeborn kids, Stella's twin sister Velma went to Illinois and one of the quad bucklngs (Buzz) has been sold. I still have two bucklings left which I will either sell if someone wants them or will be for chevon.

Breeding season is right around the corner so it's time to start thinking about that, for the adults at least. Kinders are aseasonal breeders so it's possible to have kids almost any time of year. For now, the doelings need to grow and mature a bit. Then I can look forward to quite a selection of kids. :)

My New Kinder Girls © June 2015 by Leigh

39 comments:

Michelle said...

That's pretty big news! What is your farm's prefix for the registered goats you produce?

Chris said...

I'm loving all those colours. Not hard to tell them apart. Each is very distinct. I like their original names, but for around the farm when you have to juggle other jobs, I think Linney and Luki are easier names to run-off the tongue. Maybe even Vye can be shortened for Violet.

Our cat's name is Muesli, but we call her Mew for short, or Mewsy. It's just easier. She still gets called by her proper name, not just as often.

Dawn McHugh said...

They are lovely and its great to watch your herd expand, such lovely colours too :-)

Leigh said...

Michelle, thanks! Our prefix is Dan's and my initials, DLT. It's registered with the Kinder Goat Breeders Association.

Leigh said...

Chris, thanks! I think what you said about running off the tongue is key. Saluki is pretty fluid, Muesli is too. But Illini less so, I suppose because it's 3 syllables. Even so, I just like "Luki"!

Leigh said...

Dawn, I love the color too, and with one black buck and one mostly white, I've got a rainbow of goats!

Jason and Michelle said...

They're so cute! Eventually, we will add goats to our place.

Farmer Barb said...

Congratulations! There will be kids a-plenty around there come spring...

Fiona said...

Congratulations....they look awesome. How much milk do Kinder give per milking?

Kelsee Gibbs said...

Glad to see them settling in. Violet was such a shy little doll. I had just got her to start eating out of my hand. Hoping she warms up to you quickly. We called them Luki and Li-Ni.

Velma is doing well, and is getting used to me. So happy to have gotten to meet you and see your beautiful house. Hopefully there will be another visit in the future. Thank you, for your hospitality.

Melanie said...

Love the photos! Once again, I am living my goat dreams vicariously through you.

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Pretty girls!!!!

Leigh said...

Goats are so versatile for a homestead. We love ours, especially the Kinders!

Leigh said...

Spring and beyond. :)

Leigh said...

Fiona, they pretty much give about the same as a Nubian, with the top Kinder milkers at a gallon a day or so. I can't tell you how much mine give, because they each still have a kid on them. I separate at night and get about 10 hours worth, but very little in the evening.

Leigh said...

Kelsee, it was great to meet you too! I'll definitely be glad to see you again.

So glad Velma is doing well. I got to thinking that her trip to the vet a few weeks before was her warm up for her long trip.

We're still having a few "I wanna go home!!!" hollering sessions, but everyone is settling in quite well. I let Violet come sniff my hand on her terms. They all get won over eventually. :)

Leigh said...

That way you don't have feed to get, vet bills to pay, and mischievous goats getting into whatever you don't want them to!

Leigh said...

Thanks!

Quinn said...

Very nice additions to your herd! and yes, I would have been using those nick names 5 minutes after they arrived :)

jewlz said...

Yet another piece of the dream coming to fruition! Couldn't be happier for you! Very nice!

Renee Nefe said...

Sounds like you'll have a busy summer. Can't wait for pictures.

Sandy said...

Leigh,

I prefer Luki myself, the nickname rolls off the tongue easily!!!
Beautiful pictures of your new babes, I'm sure they'll be fine and warm up to their new friends.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! Nice looking goats but Prairie Violet is my favorite!! Nancy

the Goodwife said...

Illinois! My home state and quite a few good Kinder goat breeders!

Sarah said...

OK- Saluki as in Southern Illinois University mascot and Illini as in University of Illinois mascot? Something besides corrupt politicians came from here?!!!? Whoa! :) They sure are cute!

Leigh said...

I can't complain because I chose their official names, but I do like something that is easy to call them. :)

Leigh said...

Jewlz, thank you!

Leigh said...

My problem with getting pictures of goats is that they either want to walk toward me, or they turn away from me. The hardest to get is a good side shot! For some reason they just aren't that cooperative. :)

Leigh said...

So far so good! In the past I've had some goats that were pretty mean, but everyone seems to be relatively accepting. I'm thankful for that!

Leigh said...

She is a cutie!

Leigh said...

Illinois is my home state too!

Leigh said...

Bingo! And Illinois is known as the Prairie State, with violet being the state flower, but never mind the politicians. :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm just a few miles from the Indiana/Illinois border! Your kids are gorgeous, I so enjoy seeing their photos. =)

Leigh said...

:)

Renee Nefe said...

Goat says: Hi there! What's that thing you have? Can I eat it? ;)

Rosalyn said...

Congratulations on your beautiful girls! I LOVE your goat posts. So exciting! :)

Leigh said...

Thanks Rosalyn! I'm always hoping to hear good news about your goat request. :)

Mark said...

Leigh - Cute. You're getting quite the respectable size herd! Nice to see someones research and hard work pay off for them.

Rosalyn said...

:) Thanks! So far no word, although I was recently contacted by one town councillor who hadn't seen my application and wanted to have a copy sent, and I spoke to the mayor today (not directly about my request, but a positive conversation) and I am so hopeful it will somehow go through.