We left the last few eggs with two of our broody geese. Pilgrim geese are supposed to have good parenting abilities – so we thought we’d give them the chance to prove it.
So far 2 goslings have hatched out of 4 pipped eggs and at least one more is in the process of hatching. Unfortunately, the two that didn’t make it were accidentally squished by the mommas. I think this is a result of both inexperience and the fact that they both decided to make one giant nest and set together. Makes it hard to tell where it’s safe to place those giant feet!
So the excitement is tinged with some disappointment, but the two babies are doing wonderfully! Diamond, our gander, seems proud beyond measure, and even the Auntie goose, Felicity, is very lovey to the goslings as they have begun to explore the big green world.
Bones & Stone with their little goslings in their giant nest. We are very pleased with our momma geese here at Brown Fox Farm!
Pepper's 2012 kids - 3rd Generation MDGA registerable Mini Nubians - Born 3/11/12
Our Nubian just kidded this weekend with twins. Here is her first born, a F1 generation Mini Nubian doeling we are calling Cloud.
This is Shadow, Magil's 2012 buckling. He is one handsome little fellow. We all love his color & his nice ears. Doesn't hurt that his momma is a great milker, too!
We have a little break now, Image is not due until late April. Her kids will be the first 4th generation Mini Nubians born at Brown Fox Farm! We couldn’t be more pleased with the 2012 kidding season so far.
The Pilgrim goslings have finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I suppose I could be… We ordered 8 goslings in February, but the day after they shipped (this Monday) we were called and told we would only get half our order because there were too many orders and not enough geese to go around.
So we only ended up with four. Two geese & two ganders. One of the geese was in bad shape all yesterday. They were in transit for three days and I sped to the Post Office just after six yesterday morning when they called to let me know they’d arrived. But three days is a very long time & it seems she was very dehydrated. I spent the day and into the night making sure she took little drinks of warm molasses water. She seems much improved this morning and is moving around with the other goslings & her eyes are less sunken & squinty.
Here is a photo of the babies taken shortly after their arrival…
The first goslings at Brown Fox Farm - Pilgrim geese are listed as a critically endangered American breed by the ALBC.
You can see the difference in the face of the dehydrated gosling standing behind the others. After this photo she spent most of the rest of the day laying down. I really hope we can pull her through. Wish us luck!
Magil finally went into labor yesterday at about 10:45 AM. Her deliveries were all quick and easy with 2 doelings born first and a buckling born last. Magil is a grade Nubian doe and she was bred to our buck, Fredrick (3rd gen Mini Nubian), and the kids were nice and small – unlike the twin giants she had last year.
Magil is a fantastic momma & all the kids are doing great! We will be selling the buckling – he would make a great sire for someone looking to breed for nice, slightly smaller dairy goats. Because Magil is not registered the kids are not papered. But Fredrick comes from great milking lines & Magil was my very first dairy goat & gave us great milk. We will also likely be selling one of the does, but we will wait to decide on which one until after Pepper has kidded.
Now for the photos!
Magil's first born kid, a first generation Mini Nubian doeling sired by Green Gables Fredrick the Dragon.
Magil's second born kid, a first generation Mini Nubian doeling sired by Green Gables Fredrick the Dragon.
Magil's third born kid, a first generation Mini Nubian buckling sired by Green Gables Fredrick the Dragon.
Magil, our grade Nubian doe, right after kidding with her triplets.
Magil, our grade Nubian doe, relaxing the evening after kidding. Her first born doeling kid is in the foreground.
Just a note – if the Southern view of a North bound goat is offensive to you… You might want to skip this post 😉
These are the photos I took 7 days ago of Magil & Pepper (Ramblers’ Peppermint Patty)… according to witnessed activity they should be at day 131 and 150 respectively (though from the photos you’d think Magil was closer to kidding than Pepper).
Udder is filling up. Magil should only be due near 3/15 – but I’m thinking she was bred earlier than I saw.
Ramblers’ Peppermint Patty – f2 generation Mini Nubian due with her first kids. Possible due date Feb. 26-Mar. 2
Pepper will be a first freshener and is not yet showing much udder development.
It’s been a week since I took these photos & Pepper is getting a little udder & Magil is just getting HUGE. I wonder if she’s cooking triplets. I may try to get another photo today… But Magil despises having her photo taken. If you look close you can see my husband sitting next to her trying to keep her still on the stanchion – she was very angry about being shaved and was trying to push him off the side.
As of this moment there is no discharge from either doe and neither appears to be having any contractions. At the time I took the photos I felt a lot of kid movement in Magil, and little baby kicks in Pepper.
We’ve been feeding our girls extra minerals, alfalfa pellets, and Nutrina goat feed. They’ve been getting plenty of hay and warm fresh water twice a day. Their bellies are big and their udders are filling up. Early average kidding dates start a week from today and according to my calendar we should be prepared to move Magil to her own stall on Saturday.
The weak kid tube feeders & O.B. leg snare arrived moments ago from Jeffers, we’ve got Pritchard nipples for emergencies, we’ve got clean recycled burlap to lay down over the pine shavings for deliveries, and I think we’ve got all the bases covered with other supplies. My nails are trimmed & I’ve got a case of coffee to keep me going and molasses to give the girls a boost after their hard work. My nails are trimmed short and the long gloves & lube are ready in case of trouble.
I am so excited and SO nervous! I can hardly sleep.
I promise to have fresh batteries in the camera and will post a flood of cute baby photos.