They were born last night around 11 p.m. and this time I got to be there! Stella's due date was April 22, but yesterday she stayed around the goat shed instead of following the other goats out. At dusk I put her in the kidding stall and made frequent checks. At 10:30 I settled down to wait with her and in about half an hour she had twin doelings. Kidding was easy and she has taken to mothering like a fish in water.
They are nearly identical except for a slight difference in the color of their markings. First born has lighter facial stripes and leg trim than her sister.
|By this morning they were happily jumping around the kidding stall.|
|I wasn't the only visitor. One of the ducks was|
very interested in meeting the new kids.
So far my count is two bucklings and five doelings, with Luki still due on May 7. The proud papa of all but two of the little girls is Clark.
|Papa Clark, aka California|
And his record is actually better than that. I sold Daphne's sister Helen last fall and bred her to Clark before she left. Her new owner said she recently had another set of quads - all girls!
I'm very thankful it's been such an easy and productive kidding season so far.