February 23, 2019

Triplets for Daisy

It's been miserably cold and pouring rain for the past week. Daisy's due date was quickly approaching and I worried about her kidding during a frigid night, because hypothermia this time of year is a concern. Thankfully she waited until a warm front poured in! Second bonus, she did the job in the afternoon so we didn't miss it. Triplets! They are about 18 hours old in these pictures.


Firstborn was a little doe.

Second was also a doe.

The last baby was a buck.

Sister and brother

Sisters

Eight kids so far this year - three bucklings and five doelings. Ordinarily that's preferable, but this year I have more requests for boys than girls! One of the little bucks is a keeper, as will be one or two of the little does. I have two more does left to kid, one next month and one in April, so who knows how the numbers will turn out when all is said and done. 😀

 Triplets for Daisy © February 2019

30 comments:

Goatldi said...

Just do stink'n cute!


Good job on everything from timing to cuteness factor!!


Congrats to all.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

They are the cutest, sweetest looking little babies.

Sheryl said...

Hi Leigh oh they are so cute and a good size,glad mum and babies are all fine,i just want to cuddle one,lol xx

Karen Ann said...


Just found your blog - and just three days ago someone offered me two orphaned nubian goat kids! The husband says no more critters on our farm, but I am so tempted. Congrats on your triplets!



Kristina said...

Aww! So cute! When we had kids, we had a horrible time finding buyers. We just don't live in a homesteaders neighborhood (sadly). Wish I had neighbors like bloggers I follow like you. We'd have our own community, ha ha!

Leigh said...

Goatldi, I'll pass that on to their mom. :)

Susie, their mother was a heart-breaker when she was a kid. Same sweet face. I got their daddy after he was an adult, but he has a really sweet face too. Not that baby goats don't ever look cute! LOL

Sheryl, I know what you mean. :)

Karen Ann, thank you and welcome! Goat kids are so cute and entertaining - I'd have a hard time passing them up too!

Leigh said...

Kristina, I know what you mean. Except for my Nubians, I always had trouble finding homes for my kids. That was one of the reason I decided to go with registered Kinders. I knew there is a demand for the breed.

At Your Service said...

Amazing! Are you're goats registered?

Mama Pea said...

Congratulations! All three look so healthy. Good job getting the three of them to pose so perfectly in the first pic! (Hee-hee.) Will there be bottle feeding involved here or will their mama be able to handle the job?

Maria Zannini said...

It's always a relief to find them healthy and with an easy delivery.

Mine are due in two weeks. I hope the weather improves by then.

Leigh said...

At Your Service, yes they are. Or at least the adults are. Once I have names and get good photos for the paperwork, I'll have all the kids registered too.

Mama Pea, they don't always cooperate! A friend told me her daughter called that photo "the triplet train." :)

Maria, agreed! Healthy kids and an easy delivery is always top priority. I felt fortunate she kidded on such a warm day. I hope it workd out the same way for you!

J.L. Murphey said...

Your homestead is busting at the seams with kids. :o) Cockeyed Jo

Frank and Fern said...

Good looking, healthy babies, Leigh. Now, for the milking. I bet you are looking forward to having more milk than you need. We are starting the cheese making season today, mozzarella. That means pizza in a few days.

Fern

The Wykeham Observer said...

The photo of the 3 leaning on each other is one for the county fair! Phil

wyomingheart said...

Simply the most precious! I still want to cuddle sleep in the stall...lol! You have a lot to be very proud of, and triple blessings to boot!

Leigh said...

Mama Pea, I forgot to answer your question. Last year Daisy had quads and produced enough milk to feed them all. I ended up having to separate them in pairs, alternating nights, to make sure every kid got enough. They all grew well and nobody went hungry.

Jo, indeed! Fortunately it only lasts for a couple of months. :)

Phil, it was a great shot! Almost like they were posing. :)

Wyomingheart, this is my favorite time of year. Nothing cuter than tiny kids.

Leigh said...

Fern! I had an interruption and didn't answer your comment! Yes, very happy to have does in milk again! This year I need to work out a way to keep at least one going through the "dry" season. I hate having to buy milk to keep my kefir going. :*(

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Adorable! They melt my heart! Glad all turned out well. Nancy

Unknown said...

Leigh, I've read where you can use ACV, orally, to improve odds for females. I know you said you were wanting bucklings, but in case you want more doelings in future. I use it for my sheep and cows. I mix in water troughs starting around 30 days prior to breeding. Last year I had 13 lambs and 10 were ewes. I had read about this for humans and thought I'd try on my livestock.
Beautiful babies!
Brenda

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Oh too much cuteness x 3! Congrats!!@

Leigh said...

Nancy, :)

Brenda, thank you for that! Some of the things I have done to get more girls than boys is to limit the amount of alfalfa they get and make sure they get plenty of kelp. That came from Pat Coleby in Natural Goat Care. Something to with female fetuses needing more iodine. I can't find any American "science" on that one, but I observe that a lot of goatherds feed alfalfa heavily and usually end up with more bucklings. (?). The other came from Irene Ramsay on the Holistic Goats Yahoo Group. An old Kiwi cattle breeder told her that by waiting until later in the heat to breed he got more heifers. She followed his advice for years and got more does. So I've usually waited until the second day and gotten more does too. This year I didn't wait as long to but them with a buck but I'm getting more does anyway! Of course, the last too could have both have twin, triplet, or quad boys, which would definitely tip my numbers in the other direction. :)

Nancy, thanks! Always thankful when things go well.

Charlotte Boord said...

Just our of curiosity, who's the father(s)? If someone took a doe from one mama and a buck from another mama, could they breed them? Or did I miss that in your post (too busy looking at those beautiful babies!)?

Quinn said...

What a beautiful group! Well done, mamagoat!

Henny Penny said...

I just had to stop in and see the new babies. You do have the cutest baby goats I've ever seen. Wish I had one that would stay a baby like that forever.

Rose said...

They are just so adorable!

Leigh said...

Charlotte, I have two unrelated bucks. This bunch has the same daddy as Violet's twins. Yes, someone could breed a buck from mama and a doe from another. I try to pick my pairings based on qualities I'm trying to develop in my herd because I enjoy doing that sort of thing. I do take consideration as to how related the goats are, because even though it increases the chances of bringing out good qualities, it also increases the chances of bringing out bad ones! Does that answer your question?

Quinn, Daisy is loving having those babies!

Henny, yes, there's the rub. They are so cute but they all grow up! LOL. Some of them remain sweet but some of them become real stinkers!

Rose, they're a real treat. :)

Chris said...

I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but they're so dang cute! Every time I see your baby goats, I just wanna hug 'em. Such little fuzzy-wuzzies!!

Leigh said...

Chris, I feel like a broken record with so many baby goat pics. :)

Sam I Am...... said...

So cute! Glad they are all healthy and not born during the cold.

Leigh said...

Sam, me too!