The last of the Spring kids have been born. Sad to say we lost a few. The plants are just starting to grow. Kids born last year: Gertrude is the tan one with the white belt. Splosh has the white face & body with black ears and Shirley has the white wiggle on her face. There are a few others that were born before the herd joined our farm last year, but I'm featuring the ones born here.
Hansel & Gretel are the first two of 2009. Then Christian and Frostie were the only survivors of 3 mothers who all delivered sooner than expected in sub zero temperatures. Mrs. Black is the nanny who is raising Frostie and Christian. Two survived from a set of triplets born in the home basement. Anders and Sun were named to go with Hansel & Christian (Hans-Christian Anderson). So it seems we have added 9 goats (5 girls, 4 boys) since we started... and the second year of the herd on Anonymous Farm has hardly begun.
We tried milking Mrs Black and the other two goats that had delivered at the same time. She had the most milk of the three and took to nursing the little ones on her own. We will let the other females run with the buck to see if late summer brings more kidding.
This year's boys have all been fixed... we don't want any unexpected early kids next winter. Last year's boys will have to be sold or go to the butcher.
The chickens are laying well and the roosters will be going to the butcher soon. We are trying to keep them separated, but we won't be suprised if one of the hens is hiding some fertile eggs somewhere. The ducks have started laying and my dad in Chicago has tried the eggs. It's hard to find eggs for those with allergies to chickens, but ask and you shall recieve.
We are hoping to collaborate with others on this year's garden. Plans are in the works. This is the time to make requests.