My goats made a liar out of me, on two counts:
First, two of them gave birth at night. I’d never had anything but afternoon births before. Bummer, because I’d hoped to film it to share with y’all.
Second, one of them (Desert Rose) was in labor for 20 hours, which has never happened to me before. I count labor from the time a pair of ligaments that hold the tailbone to the hips loosens and disappears. Babies should be born within 12 hours of that time.
But Desert Rose had a little trouble. Her first buckling was huge, and his front legs were folded back (The hooves and nose are supposed to come out first, together.), and this was her very first delivery ever. Not a good combination. We worked to get hold of those front legs and get them straightened out. Rough on Desert Rose, but everything else went smoothly. His brother was much smaller and was easy for her.
After twenty hours of watching and waiting and helping Desert Rose through her delivery, I was exhausted and ready for bed. It was 6:00 in the morning before I finally got a nap. Then when milking her later in the morning, I checked the other goats, and Desert Rain’s tell-tale ligaments had disappeared. I spent the rest of the day in a zombie state, taking care of newborn baby goats in the kitchen, and watching Desert Rain. Mercifully, she gave birth around 10:00 that night. Two more bucklings! What are the odds?
All mamas and babies are doing well. Desert Rose has a dream udder and is exceeding my expectations as a milker. Desert Rain has the typical not-so-fun first-time milker’s udder, but she’s giving me a generous amount of milk. I am content.
These bucklings are for sale. If ever there was a time to build up a goat herd, this is it. Our future is uncertain and I’m feeling more than ever a need to rely on chickens, goats, and gardens to sustain us. Nubians are a dual purpose breed, meaning they can provide both milk and meat, making them a great breed for small farms that need to conserve space and resources.
Here are the “bullet points”, plus a link for more information on dams, sire, and pedigrees.
* Four Nubian bucklings, born March 10th
*Closed herd; clean tested yearly for CAE, CL, Johnnes; last test January 2020.
*Fantastic pedigree; champion and grand champions on both dam’s and sire’s sides.
*Disbudded and tattooed for ADGA registration between 7-10 days old.
*Sold with ADGA registration application ready for you to send in.
*Bottle fed, loved, and handled often by our family of six. These guys are super sweet and friendly.
*Perfect show goats for 4-H.
*Kids’ dams are sisters and share the same sire, so pedigrees will be essentially the same. I own dams and sire.
*Pedigree info here:
$250 each if you pick up before they are three weeks old–You bottle feed.
Or I will bottle feed to weaning at nine or ten weeks for additional $150 non refundable fee.
More information on pedigree, and photos of dams and sire, at this link: