Within the last week, our herd of Nubians goats has more than doubled. Our herd matriarch, Willow, was the first to freshen, giving birth to two strong bucklings in the wee hours of the night. Gypsy followed suit giving birth to triplets, two doelings and a buckling, the very next day. Small but healthy, the trio seemed to be doing well; unfortunately, at some point the next morning one of the doelings died (we believe that Gypsy may have laid on her…). The latest addition belongs to Marmalade who had a single doeling. We have one doe to go; however, we are not sure if she is pregnant as we have never successfully bred her before.
When we bred our girls, who are mostly brown, to the snow white Savanna buck I had no idea what coloring they would have. All five have been white with four having a little dusting of brown on their knees and backs. It’s interesting to watch them mature as the coloring is becoming more prominent each day. What I was pleasantly surprised about this kidding season is how fast these kids seemed to be up and moving after birth. In previous seasons, our full-bred Nubian kids seemed to take a while to get on their feet and needed some assistant; I would almost describe them as fragile for the first couple of days. In comparison, the Nubian-Savanna kids seemed to get up faster after birth and nursed much quicker with little assistance. At just a week old, they are strong, playful and healthy.
Our intention with the new additions is to utilize them in a browsing project to help eradicate invasive plants in the county. Amy came up with the idea of naming each of this seasons’ kids after the various invasive species.