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 on: February 16, 2019, 07:57:20 AM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by imalilbirdie
 Cry Cry  That's so sad.  I'm sorry to hear that.  Is momma ok?

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 on: February 15, 2019, 04:39:35 PM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by dragonlair
She kidded Tuesday night while I was at work. Kid was breech. We lost him because my son wasn't sure what to do. Not a very good start to my kidding season.

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 on: February 13, 2019, 01:04:35 PM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by Julie H
Good Luck!!

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 on: February 13, 2019, 06:03:48 AM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by imalilbirdie
I pray she hurries, and if not that she waits til the storm is all over.  I can't wait to see babies.  Nigi babies are just the cutest little creatures EVER, besides the Pygmy babies. Smiley 

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 on: February 12, 2019, 04:36:17 PM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by dragonlair
Mini's 145 day due date was yesterday. She didn't. However, her udder has grown substantially over night, her ligs are getting looser, so that you can actually see them sinking and she has a bit of discharge stuck around her tail. The kidding stall was erected today, so all is ready there. We are hours away from a big storm with 8-12" of snow topped with freezing rain. The temps are supposed to rise a bit, so I am hoping she kids tonight or tomorrow, as I have the next 2 days off.

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 on: February 11, 2019, 02:38:39 PM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by dragonlair
The bitter cold kills the eggs so they don't pick up anything.

There are suddenly so many goat "breeders" up here that selling is near impossible later in the year. The earlier you get the kids born and up for sale, the faster people see them and buy or put a deposit on them.

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 on: February 11, 2019, 05:28:34 AM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by imalilbirdie
I wonder if that's a "northern" thing.  Our babies sold just as well being born in March/April than they did in Feb.  I bred one year for the 4-H kids, having the kids born in Feb was the worst mistake I ever made.  It was super hard on not just me, but the mom's and babies as well.  I never had cocci or worm issues so I didn't fret about that.  I think if it's not on your farm then it's not going to happen no matter when you have kids being born.  I vowed after that first time to never do it again.

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 on: February 10, 2019, 05:02:00 PM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by dragonlair
I do it for the milk. The cold minimizes the worm and cocci loads. Plus,  the kids eat more, therefor growing bigger and faster because they need the extra milk to keep warm. Kids sell better early on because people want them NOW. Later born kids don't sell as well because the buyers have already bought the earlier kids.

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 on: February 10, 2019, 11:19:26 AM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by Julie H
Is there a reason we have them kid when it is so cold??  I wondered why when I was doing it?  I still wonder why I am kidding in March with the way the weather has seemed to have changed the last few years.  I hope your girls hold them in!!

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 on: February 10, 2019, 07:03:46 AM 
Started by dragonlair - Last post by imalilbirdie
Oh man Deb...when that barometer drops that way, you will for sure have those Does kidding.  This is scary for you...I'll be praying.  Here's an idea...magically twitch your nose, and send them down here to me...we'll be in the 70's the next few days.  It's almost spring here.  Trees budded out about 2 weeks ago and then we get that cold that dropped the temps 40 degrees within a few hours, and heavy frost that night...winds were brutal...but today, it's gonna be in the 70's. Thank God.

Be safe up there.

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