After a pregnancy of around 4 months, our grumpy Saanen goat Marigold had two male kids, named Pheelix and Phanjo by my 11-year old.
Marigold was behaving a bit different that morning, so Tom put her in the resource paddock, so she could graze freely and find herself a comfy spot should she give birth. We all had to go out that morning, and when I came back I heard some very familiar “kid” bleating. For those of you not familiar with goats, they are aptly named “kids”, since their bleat resembles a child’s cry.
I followed the sound, and saw Marigold licking one clean, with the other one still fully covered, meaning they had come into the world very recently. Marigold’s senses seemed heightened; she tended to be very defensive of the little ones, even to March flies, which were annoying her severely! She licked both kids clean; this is nurturing and bonding for both mum and kid, and it gives the mum much needed nutrition to prepare for the feeding she needs to do!
The kids look a lot like their dad, an Anglo Nubian called Angus. The funny thing is, Marigold doesn’t even like Angus, and usually beats him up… I guess she only let him come close once… but that was enough!
Having 2 more goats will require more goat paddocks. Another one to add to the ever increasing list of jobs to do!