They have arrived!The new kids are here! The first of the batch arrived on Friday- triplets! All bucklings. 😛 The mama had no trouble and does a wonderful job of taking care of her babies. My yearling had her baby yesterday.
I went down to do morning chores and there he was standing all alone- yes HE- another buckling. Cute as the dickens, though! His mother wasn’t so sure about taking care of him, but I coaxed her into it by helping him eat as she got a little grain. Now she has bonded with him.
When I went down for evening chores there was another set of kids waiting for me! The last of the bunch for this year and they were……….two doelings. 😀 4-2 It is definitely a buck year here. My Mom has had a high number of bucks born in her herd this year, too.
I will be selling my doe kids. Three milking goats is all I can handle right now! Richard is already envisioning a BBQ party and him turning a goat over an open fire on a spit. (he did this last year and had a blast) The other will probably end up in the freezer. Goat makes an excellent soup or stew. I haven’t quite gotten the art of cooking it in other ways down. It has to be cooked just right or is tough- like venison.
I have had many people who can not understand how we can kill and eat our own animals. Yes, it can be a little hard if they are sweet and cute- like the little brown buckling, but we make sure not to make pets of them early on. They live happy, healthy lives and are put down humanely- unlike the poor animals that end up in the meat department at the local grocery store.