The Downside of Priarie Life
I have never bred my goats so late in the winter, but last year I did to give my yearlings some time to grow. Actually, I have never bred my yearlings, I always waited until they were at least a year and a half to two years old. My yearling started to kid in June and the last two just kidded 7 days ago. The first mother was as wild as a goat can get and she was very hard to handle. But, with her crazy attitude aside she was turning out to be a good mom to her twins. The second yearling to kid, had a single baby in the field. Not a problem in and of itself, but she was more interested in eating the green grass then she was caring for her baby.
The first mother did not have much milk and the second mother refused to feed her baby at all, unless I penned her in a corner. So, logic would tell you to supplement the twins and bottle feed the single baby. So bottles in hand I would feed the twins both morning and night. The single baby I fed every for hours and I became her mom.
What I have learned from this experience:
- do not allow a bottle baby in the field with the rest of the herd
- plan kidding season earlier in the spring.
- allowing the kids time to grown before they are turned out
- mow the grass around the field fencing to cut down on camouflage for predators