Our goats are in the final stages of gestation at present, and what with all the foaling threads at this time of year, I thought why not have a kidding thread too?
The most advanced of them are at that stage when they resemble zeppelins on legs and spend most of their time lying down and groaning quietly, looking like beached whales. We put the males in at the beginning of December, meaning that they aren't due until the end of this month, but I reckon we could see an early kid by this weekend. The goats that have multiple gestations (most of them) kid earlier than the single mothers (ie: carrying one kid, they're all single as in unmarried lol).
To add another variable to the equation, this year we crossbred forty of our goats with males of a larger breed. Our goats are all Murcianas, a small dairy breed, and we have crossbred with Florida males (not from Florida, literally means "flowery" because of their splashy markings). So the unfortunate forty are carrying XXL kids which means they are even heavier and clumsier than in normal circumstances. The goats with yellow collars in the pics are the Florida wives. Spot the extra big bellies!
So, who will kid first?? (Out of nearly two hundred candidates).
Will it be 54811? (or her friend who looks as if she's got a wasp in her mouth)
Or pretty blonde 72985?
30844 has a spectacular belly on her.
But 76382 is even wider.
76404 is not amused....
and she waddles for cover.
While these three pregnant beauties compare bellies and udders. The two on the right (both Florida girls) are already showing udder development and starting to produce colostrum.
Place your bets everyone! Sorry about the lack of names for identifying them. We only have pet names for a few of our 300 goats - and some of the names aren't suitable for a family forum.... let's just say that not all of the goats stand out because of their GOOD qualities.
Nearly forgot to include the flowery guys
Here they are doing their job back in December. Posted via Mobile Device