Thursday, March 26, 2009

No Kids

It's officially spring.

Bringing with it twittering birds, crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, and we're hoping, praying, here in the Northwest-


One of the undeniable signs of spring is baby critters of all kinds. Around here we always know it's truly spring when our goats start kidding.

We've had goats so long I can't even pinpoint just when we got our first. I'd say it's been ten years or more of goats.

They first arrived as a 4-H project for our own oldest kid. She was very good at it.

She started us on goat milk and goat cheese and goat yogurt.

After she married and moved away, her younger sister took over the herd.

And in the spring...

.....we always had kids.

Sweet, adorable, playful, squeaky clean, brand new kids.

One year we had two sets of triplets.

But this year, we have no kids.

It feels very odd.

The short explanation is that the buck we had last fall didn't or couldn't do his duty. A month or so after breeding season, he laid down and died. Stuff like that happens on the farm so we were sad but not too phased.

Until spring arrived and it became clear our two does were not pregnant. And that there would be no kids this year.

So there also won't be any goat milk this year.

That's a problem.

We've decided our goat time is over and we're going to get a milk cow. We'll keep our one favorite goat, Lily, to keep the cow company.

But we'll sure miss the kids every spring.


  1. WOW.
    Cow now, huh? Didn't it start with cows, a long time ago?

  2. Yes, we started with steers, then a cow to birth more steers and as a 4-H project. Then goats. Now back to a cow!

  3. Aaaawwww!!! What cuties! Love those pictures. Makes me want some, too...

    Last night we were offered a doe in milk with her 2 week old kid. We thought he was going to make us an offer we couldn't refuse, but then he said "$250" and we said "!!!!!" Yeah. Prolly not gonna happen.

    I hope you can find a good cow!

  4. No photos of me and my goat? you better do somethin about pigs and i better be all over the cover

  5. I LOVE GOATS...


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