Our Kalahari Goat farm is overrun with cuteness this month as one mother after another delivers adorable baby goats.
We’ve had three sets of twins and one single birth, and each one is unique and precious.
I love how the twins snuggle together, finding sunny spots to curl up against the winter chill. And it’s been chilly. Just 40 minutes south of us they had SNOW!! Amazing. We didn’t know how our Kalahari Red kids would do in the cold, but so far, they’re thriving.
Their faces are so sweet and tiny, their coats amazingly soft in varying shades of rich reddish brown.
The older ones are already learning to climb and jump, looking hilariously awkward as they trot along with their mothers before randomly leaping in the air, limps flailing.
My favorite thing is watching our Maremma, Apollo, undertake his baby-sitting duties. He’s such a good protector for the littles. He sits with them while they nap, licks them clean, and chases off any older ones who look like they might have bullying on the mind.
It’s such a beautiful and happy time of year on the farm. These baby goats put smiles on our faces all day long.
We’ve been working hard this weekend getting our new website up and running. 🙂 We still have a few more things to add, but we’re so happy to have this new space to share through and we hope you like it!
The rest of our time has been spent in the fields getting wire hauled for new fencing and taking the goats out for their daily feeds. It’s so exciting to see bits of Spring popping up in the dry, brown fields, especially such cheery ones like these.
We’ve been feasting on simple but rib-sticking foods like this delectable lemony white bean salad tossed with tuna and fresh Roma tomatoes. You can find the recipe here at Krista’s food and travel site:
It’s been gorgeous weather this Spring, and with the returned warmth and a new shady home for the birds, our chickens and ducks have been laying like mad!
Yesterday I went to let them out for a feed and returned with my skirt full of eggs. One dozen in one day!
Needless to say, I’m on the lookout for egg-centric recipes. 🙂 If you have any recommendations you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. 🙂
Unfortunately the warm weather has also brought out other animals, like foxes. Our eyes goggled at the enormous fellow we saw scampering around the top goat paddock earlier this week.
We have a sneaking suspicion he’s the one who devoured our beautiful Muscovy drake. 🙁 We’re making doubly sure that everyone is locked up tight at night.
Thankfully our baby Kalahari goats are safe and sound. Their Maremma guard dogs – Freja, Apollo and Solar – warn us of any potential dangers and that is a great relief.
I was out with them the other day and they were their adorably curious selves, trotting over to see what I was up to, clustering at my feet quite certain that something interesting was about to happen.
They quickly tired of waiting for me to do anything entertaining and made a beeline for the fence of the Isolation pen, thrusting noses and hooves through the wire to say hello to the goats “doing time” there. 🙂
Soon the babies will be large enough to join the rest of the herd grazing in outlying paddocks, so I’m enjoying their cute little selves trotting around the yard for as long as I can. 🙂
Lots of excitement around Citadel Kalahari this month! 🙂
This week alone we’ve had Boer triplets AND Kalahari twins born – and they are so cute.
Caring for baby goats is simple but important. Thankfully all our goats have had easy births, so we usually find the babies born healthy a short time after they’ve already been born. That’s when our part comes in.
Here are the steps we follow:
Check the mama to make sure the afterbirth is out of her system. If it’s still attached, keep an eye on her as she may have another baby in there.
Check each baby to make sure they’re in good condition and determine the sex.
Spray the umbilical cord thoroughly with antiseptic spray to prevent infection.
Ensure they have good shelter out of the wind. We like to pile clean straw on the floor of whichever shed we have them in to give them a warm place to burrow into.
Make sure the mama has plenty of water and ample feed so she can adequately nurse her babies.
Check the mama’s teats to see how many she has. Often she will only have two, even if she has triplets. If that’s the case, just keep an eye on things to make sure ALL the babies are getting a good feed.
Cuddle and stroke the babies regularly so they are comfortable around humans rather than being skittish.
When they get a bit bigger, make a “goat hill” for them to climb on. Fallen logs or old tires are perfect.