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Boots, the domineering doe of the herd, started the 2022 kidding season with twin boys (bucklings). She is salty, sassy, and a well seasoned mother who is attentive and always very vocal with her kids. From the moment they are on the ground, she is incessantly bellering, yelling, and calling to them. She is "that" mom! I didn't think to check the girls on Friday morning like I regularily do during kidding season; I thought that they were all 2+ weeks...
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I have listed ten doelings for sale on Craigslist, and I have been rather shocked with the response. Yesterday I answered questions in emails and texts all market long regarding the animals for sale. Three baby girls left the barn today. One mama, Nellie, is really missing hers. Her baby was a little mutant. Some of my goats have little neck jewelry (wattles) located just below their jawline on their neck. This little girl was born with her neck wattles...
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It's humbling to be a farmer. You do your best to care for your animals by providing food, shelter, care...and when you miss some sign that your animal isn't healthy (sometimes rather important!), you learn to be humble. You also learn from the mistake and experience. Today I had the vet out. Having the vet out means that something is REALLY wrong, and that you need help. The other side is that their visit usually resolves the challenge at hand. In...