One of my favorite parts of being a goatherd is kidding season. I just love having the little ones bouncing around the farm. It’s the happiest time of the year. Watching them as they learn to run, leap and jump is just so much fun. To get to kids I have to have the goats erm, dance the goat rhumba as we call it around here. I aim for April babies as the weather is usually decent by then. Bernadette came into heat during the last week of October which would mean babies the last week of March so I figured that was close enough. She is a YELLER when she is in heat and I just didn’t want to listen to three days of it. Then Nora went into heat the next week. I just had to wait for Thelma.
As I was heading out to the barn this morning I hear yelling. I was a bit confused but I figured it could be one of Bernie’s kids as they seem to be turning into yellers too but no – it was Bernie! Seems her dance last month was less than effective. Luke was going to be one happy buck today!
Little did he know.
Turns out Thelma was also in heat. This is the first time I have had two does in heat at the same time. I am not completely sure Luke knew what to do with this bounty of rhumba partners.
He was really confused!
He did finally figure out that he was one lucky goat. The girls were a bit of a problem though – they kept fighting. Then they ate all of Luke’s apples.
While he reveled in having two dance partners no actual “dancing” was occurring. I was not going to have any spring babies this way. I decided to pull one of the girls out of the pen and that did the trick. It seems that Luke is a one doe buck.
Although if you ask him he will disagree. Hopefully Bernadette will get pregnant this time. Thelma will visit him this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed for successful rhumbas and cute April kids.