We have been having such a busy spring with all the goat kids, a new puppy, garden work and finishing the official home-school year, that we still have a couple doelings without names. But here they are. I'll bet you can tell who my favorite is, as she tends to be front and center whenever I'm in the goat pen.
Isnt' she flashy?! That is Zuri's doeling Ember on the left. This is Zuri's third doeling and we have yet to keep one for her - and us. Zuri is my favorite milker. I love the shape and capacity of her udder, the shape of her teats and how easily milk comes out. Her conformation is decent. Her main flaw is that her back is not level and it rises in the back. Supposedly this could make for kidding difficulties. Ironically Zuri is one of my only does that has kidded without much assistance. She is a solid, sturdy doe, and doesn't put all of herself into making milk - she keeps her weight on and I like that about a doe. She has an unusual mothering instinct for a goat - she adopts strays. If another mom is not taking care of her kids well enough, Zuri will work them away from their dam and take over. She is our only doe that does not ram the other goat kids, but watches over them all.
Above are two of Xanadu's three lovely doelings. I think we are going to call the Chamoisee doeling on the right Eden. I haven't come up with a solid name for either of her brown doelings. Finding E Place names out of Literature is not all that easy. We are tossing around Elysian and calling her Elise.
For triplets they are remarkably similar in size and conformation. The light brown one on the left was first, then the Chamoisee and then the darker brown on the right. I usually think the first kid is the bigger and better conformation but studying these three I just barely detect that she is maybe a bit longer. I want the dark brown doeling to be just as nice as she is the most friendly and curious.
Right now my goat plans for the year are to keep the three bucklings intact. Use them for breeding this fall and butcher them before winter gets too fierce. I am going to try to sell four doelings mid summer. I am also going to sell one or two milkers. Which would leave me with three to four milkers and two doelings going into winter. I guess six seems to be the number I can't get bellow. I just can't resist bonding and keeping doelings each year. I think the buck we used was pretty great. His dam was a very nice doe from Lucky Star Farms in Washington that a friend of mine brought up. She was wide, level and had a great udder and was a high producer. Unfortunately she and her daughter were attacked and killed by dogs this winter. She is the grand dam to Xanadu, Zuri and Dahlia's kids.
I attempted to take a video of the kids a while back. If you can get past the bad filming, it is fun to watch them.
We are a family of four (with one more on the way), living in the Arctic Boreal Forest above Fairbanks, in the Interior of Alaska. I write about our simple life and trying to keep our life simple in a day when the typical American life is anything but. When I first started writing this blog I had a toddler and a baby and we were a growing homestead. I wanted to share our day to day and all the lessons we learned along the way, from mixing our own chicken feed to goat kidding season and cheese making. As our children have grown, home schooling has really taken over and I have had to examine every aspect of our lives to keep our days simple yet fruitful. These days you will still find me posting and sharing pictures of our chickens and garden, berry picking and salmon processing. I also hope to be writing about home schooling decisions and lessons as well as other interests and hobbies the kids and I explore. Reader interest and feedback is what keeps me writing, so please leave lots of comments!
The here and now of our homestead is what I'm writing about. Compelled by a sense that we are participating in something significant, heading back to our roots... this is my attempt to share what we are learning along our journey. For those of you on similar paths, whether you are raising kids, a flock of chickens, a couple goats or run a farm, well I'm hoping to learn from you as well, so feel free to put in your two cents!