Meet Fanny and Basil

 

 

Everyone, meet Fanny.  We bought her about two weeks ago and she is the latest addition to the “herd.”  Fanny is a 2 year old  Oberhasli dairy goat.  She used to be a show goat but is now ready to be a momma and milker.  Fanny is super sweet and is adjusting to her new home very well.  She had a little baby girl four days ago! 

This is Basil, Fanny’s four day old kid.  Isn’t she a cutie!  Yesterday she got to spend the day outside with all the other goats for the first time.  Her “brothers” (Cypress’ two kids) tried to teach her to play but Basil wasn’t quite sure just what to do.  She actually spent much of the day just laying down napping in the soft grass while her mom stayed nearby.  The boys eventually got bored with their sleepy sister and moved on to attempt to climb anything and everything they could find.  All baby animals are cute but I think baby goats have got to be the cutest!

They’re Here!!!

Cypress and baby boy number 2. She is such a good momma!

So we are a little late posting this but Cypress finally had her kids!  She had two twin boys last Saturday morning while we were getting ready to leave for the first horse show of the year.  We were all there to help her if she needed it but she handled everything just fine on her own.

This is boy number 1.  He is a few days old in this picture and seems to be enjoying some time relaxing in the sun.  He is marked exactly like his mom and she seems to favor him a bit over the other kid.

 

This is boy number 2.  He is our favorite because of his coloring, Sundgau, which is when the body of the goat is black with white markings.  He also seems to have a bit more personality than his brother.  I love his white ears, mouth and eyebrows! 

We can’t wait until Sage and our new goat Fannie have their kids!  Baby goats are so much fun to watch because they get into everything and love to jump on top of things.  Chris built them a “play house” and I’m sure it won’t be much longer until they start jumping on top of it.

When?

When’s she gonna have her babies?  The gestation period for a goat is 150 days, and according to my calculations from when I’m pretty sure she got bred, she was due March 5.  Today is March 8 and I don’t see any signs of imminent delivery.  Her bag filled about halfway a couple weeks ago and has remained the same.  We have her kidding stall ready and she goes in there every night.  She is acting a little more tired and lays down a lot.  I felt the kids move today.  I can’t wait for her to have them!

Sage, on the other hand, is more of a question of IF she is pregnant.  She should be due the end of March but I’m really having doubts.  She just doesn’t look like she’s pregnant to me, she isn’t getting bigger, her bag isn’t filling, etc.  If she isn’t that will create a lot of problems for me.  I need milk for our own consumption, to make cheese, and of course lots of milk to make soap.  One goat can’t supply all that.  I will just keep hoping I’m wrong and she IS pregnant.