Tales from the Goat Birthing Pen!
Lucy our F1 Mini Nubian Doe
Kidded: December 4th
Our F1 Mini Nubian Lucy or Lulu as we call her gave birth on 12/4. Our Lucy goat fell in love with Knightwolf Farm's Porter as soon as he entered the Mini Nubian Doe pen. These 2 were like teenagers flirting. She still goes over to snuggle with him. It's the craziest thing I have ever seen!
Fast forward to 12/4. We are still on baby watch around the farm! We are checking every hour or so on our pregnant goats and doing so all throughout the night. The nights have gotten really cold so if they kid we want to know about it asap. It’s around 10 pm and Farmer Jason goes out for one last check before our night shifts start. I climb in bed and close my eyes. I do wear yoga pants and a shirt to bed just in case. I hear banging on the bedroom window and Jason is shouting baby goats! I grab my shoes, coat, and birthing kit. I take off running out the door back door of our farm house. I jump the pasture fence and run to Jason. He said Lulu is giving birth, we have 1 on the ground. Now Lulu was HUGE! I climb into the little red shelter with the flashlight and see 3 set of little eyes looking at me and talking to Lulu. I hope she isn’t still giving birth! She already has triplets! Lol I can see her afterbirth hanging out and I know she is done. She looks up at me with her big blue eyes with suck pride. I start petting her, I tell her I love her and she did a good job. What beautiful baby goats Lulu! We always talk to the girls while they are in labor and after the baby goats are here.
Baby Goat Gender Reveal: Lulu had F2, registered, Mini Nubian Triplets. Drum roll please….. She had a set of twins, boys and a girl. These are the most colorful tiny baby goats! I can’t wait to get some good pictures of Lulu’s triplets. These Mini Nubian boys will be available as bottle baby goats. Whenever possible we raise our bucks as bottle baby goats to ensure they are always sweet and loving boys when they grow up to e bug strong bucks!
Lucy our F1 is an experienced Nanny Goat
and it shows!
Let me tell you the birthing story of our Mini Nubian, Lucy, who has the most beautiful blue eyes! She gave birth to F2 Mini Nubians twins on April 13, 2020. Here is her story from our point of view. I'm sure if she were telling it herself parts of it would be more dramatic.
When we adopted our new Mini Nubian herd we were told that the does were expecting and due starting April 9th. Lucy is a beautiful F1 Mini Nubian with the “best” beard I have ever seen on a Nanny goat. The first thing you notice are her blue eyes. They are just beautiful! She retained her Nigerian ears and they are so dramatic. She is super sweet and loves to be petted. She has had an enormous udder for some time prior to birth. She has kidded a few times before so this is nothing new to her.
She has been moaning for over a week every time she lays down. Thanks to the Covid 19 virus, I am working from home and have been able to put eyes on our pregnant does every 2 hours or so. I step out to check on the Mini Nubians who are due and something is off with Lucy. I run over and I see a beautiful little brown F2 Mini Nubian looking up at me. I grab towels and head into the pasture. She didn’t inherit Lucy’s blue eyes but she has her sweet personality. She immediately came up to me for attention and it was love at first sight. Oh wait, here comes another baby. She quickly pushed out a second baby who is white in color like Dad, Mozart who is a F5 Mini Nubian Buck with the greatest beard of all time. She gave us twin girls! These girls quickly got up and nursed. This was a text book goat delivery here at the farm and we are so thankful for that.
We expedited moving Lucy and the kids to the luxurious birthing suite located inside the Mini Nubian pen at Cotton Bean Farms! She has all the yummy alfalfa and grain she can eat. She has a huge udder and she is a good eater. We did around the clock checks until we felt like both she and the kids were bonded and adjusted.
I expected the brown mini nubian doeling to be the sweetest and oddly enough the white doeling loves her human (me) more. It just means that the brown girl gets extra love and cuddles. We like for our Mini Nubian does to be socialized here at Cotton Bean Farms so they get attention from the minute they are born.
A little background on Lucy's Herd. I wanted to add a few girls to our Mini Herd in 2020 but they had to the right fit for our farm and my existing Mini Nubian does. All of my current does were bottle raised and are very social with us. We love them like children so it was important to me that any Mini Nubian goats we decided to add be friendly. This also makes it a lot easier to keep them healthy. It is a nightmare not to be able to touch your goats. What if something is off with one of them, how do you check them? How would I copper bolus them?
We found Lucy in a small town in the edge of the NC mountain’s with 4 other girls and a beautiful F5 Mini Nubian Buck, Mozart. I spoke extensively with their family and asked a lot of questions. We finally agreed we would MEET them. I took no trailer and no money because I didn’t want to make an impulsive decision. Needless to say God had placed this family in our path and he wanted us to adopt this beautiful small, well cared for and socialized herd.
Mozart our F5 Mini Nubian Herd Sire!