Gemma was so large that we were certain that she was having two kids. Well, she ended up having just one kid... a 10 pound buckling. We named him Ragnar, after the famous Viking, Ragnar Lothbrook.
Because he's an only kid, we decided to keep them in the house in a dog crate for the time being. He's getting along great with the dogs, especially the Jack Russells. The larger dog, Bailey, doesn't care for him much - partly because he occasionally tries to nurse off her.
Now that Ragnar is a little bigger and stronger, we plan to try putting him in the stall in the barn this weekend. We hope that this will help him get somewhat acclimated to the barn in time for the next kid, which Weezie will have in a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, we don't think that our farm is setup to keep bucks at this time. So Ragnar will be going to another farm in the near future. We hope to sell them to a farm that will breed him since he does have a great pedigree. But right now we're just gonna enjoy this cute little guy.
Gemma is set to deliver in ten days!
We are getting a bit anxious as this is our first kidding experience at Sage Meadow Farm. Having a live-in veterinarian is a definite plus. But I’ll be relieved when the process is over and the kids and mum are safe and sound.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have noticed that Gemma seems to be growing exponentially larger as each day passes. We've increased her food intake to accommodate the energy that she needs for her growing fetuses. Her udder started to form about two weeks ago and seems to be maturing daily as well. For those unfamiliar with the dairy goat world, (not that I'm an expert), the udder is of the utmost importance. If Gemma’s development continues on its current course, she should be a super milk producer and a Sable show stopper.
Um … I think the “show” part will be Joe’s gig.