3 Days and 2 Weeks – New Additions for the New Year

The week of Thanksgiving started with a bang when Bailey went into labor Sunday afternoon. By 6pm we had two new goats – twin doelings. By 6am Tuesday morning we had two more doelings and a buckling from Daisy. That kidding seemed to trigger something in Sedona and by 6pm Tuesday we had two more – a doeling and a buckling. Rapid fire kiddings in record low temperatures here. Three of us slept in the barn bundled up in old comforters, sweaters, extra socks, and gloves. We got to test out whether that whole deep litter method really did help make the ground warmer (it did). Lots of towels, puppy pads, kid jackets made from old sweatshirts and a hairdryer got us through it without any kids getting chilled.

Two (very long) weeks later we got two more doelings from Bella after a very long complicated kidding. After her labor seemed to be dragging on a bit too long with no progress I had to go in to find a stuck kid. Almost immediately after going in Bella started pushing and out they both came.

We ended up with 2 bucklings and 7 doelings – not a bad ratio.

We are bottle feeding this time around because 5 of these girls are making up our new herd. For a variety of reasons (age, poor udder structure, behavior problems, herd improvement, limited space, etc.) we’ve decided to retire our current herd and find pet homes for them after we dry them off.

The kids all share the same sire – CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker. Some are purebred Nigerian Dwarf and others are Nigerian Dwarf/African Pygmy crosses.

Here are our three purebred Nigerian Dwarf doelings. D6 (or as we like to call her “Abby” short for Obsidian) has been promised to someone else though they may choose Tanqueray instead). We are really excited to see what these doelings will do when they come of age.

Tanqueray

Dog Island Farm Tanqueray  blue eyes

DOB: 11/24/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: Foggy River Farm Baileys OnIce
(CRF Castle Rock Gobi x CRF Castle Rock Sedona)

Kahlua

Dog Island Farm Kahlua 

DOB: 11/24/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: Foggy River Farm Baileys OnIce
(CRF Castle Rock Gobi x CRF Castle Rock Sedona)

 

ObsidianDog Island Farm D6

DOB:  11/26/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: CRF Castle Rock Sedona
(Dragonfly Odysseus *S x Castle Rock Annabelle)

 

And these are our Pygmy/Nigerian crosses. Our pygmy does are both just grade quality but we hope that the buck we chose really helps improve them.

Dahlia

Black Dahlia (aka “Trouble”) 

DOB:  11/26/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: Daisy
(Unknown Sire x Bella)

 

AnemoneAnemone blue eyes

DOB:  11/26/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: Daisy
(Unknown Sire x Bella)

 

Betty

Betty

DOB:  12/11/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: Bella
(Unknown Sire x Unknown Dam)

 

PiperPiper

DOB:  12/11/13

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Clark’s Nutcracker(CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S x CH-MCH-PGCH Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven VEEE 90)

Dam: Bella
(Unknown Sire x Unknown Dam)

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  1. WOW!! Congrats, y’all. :)

  2. Too Cute!!! Happy New Year!

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