Monday, May 2, 2016

Any Moment Now...

Last night, just after Game of Thrones ended, I headed outside with Gibson and Friday to check on the goats. Ida and Bonita are ready to kid any hour now, and I think Ida will go first. This morning she had a stream of mucus coming out of her hoo haa and was rubbing her belly along the barn wall. They have a clean place to give birth and the farmhouse is ready for babies and the kickstart to dairy season. All the steel pails, buckets, strainers, filters, and bottles are ready to go. Their is a dog crate with soft hay in it ready by the wood stove. I have years of experience at this now, and so far have never had a problem with kidding season (or anything!) with these two goats. I can not praise Alpines enough. They are great mothers, great milkers, great producers (I can expect around 2 gallons a day soon from these girls), and at this point: great friends.

Wish us luck with this kidding season. I am going to run into town or some grain and minerals for the girls so I am stocked, get a fire going inside on this rainy day while I work on illustrations and logos, and spend the day working and checking on goats for little ones.


Blogger Chelsea Tarver said...

would that be two gallons each or total?

May 2, 2016 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Hi Chelsea, I mean a half gallon or more (Bonita gives a gallon and a half a day just herself at peak) each milking. So together, the goats give 2 gallons a day. Milk, cheese, soap, cream, and more!

May 2, 2016 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hoo haa, is that the correct term for a female goats nether regions? Too funny. Whatever it is called hope it does it's job and gives you a nice kid, or two.

May 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Can't wait to see the photos when the kids make their way into the world. My friend's Saanen (Shirley) just had triplets...not what my friend was expecting, but she's excited!

May 2, 2016 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Good luck! I'm hearing from a lot of people that their animals are having extra babies this spring. Personal friends have ewes that have twins normally are having triplets, and a cow raising friend who has never had twins has 3 sets so far, out of 50 bred cows. Seems like more than coincidence, but no one tracks these things that I know of, so hard to say. Anecdotally I've heard of many more.

May 2, 2016 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I love seeing your baby goats! I wish you luck and the girls an easy time. Blessings to you, Jenna.

May 2, 2016 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like this picture. I can't wait to hear about MILK for your coffee. (It's the little things.) :)

May 3, 2016 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger bubs said...

Hi Jenna, My husband & I love seeing the accomplishments you have made in your life. We are so proud of you!! We have a small farm in Ohio, raising chickens and this year our first turkeys, love seeing them grow.
Yes, I would like to win a Strumstick ♥ The sound they make create a wonder feeling of "Home" I don't play any instrument but this is one I would like to learn how to play. I have tried the guitar.. but that didn't happen.. I piddle around with a small organ, which I enjoy, but having a Strumstick would be fun & I could play it outside around the fire. Thank you for a chance to win a Strumstick. (So glad you didn't lose your data on your laptop)
Hugs & Smiles, Gloria

June 14, 2016 at 11:46 AM  

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