This farm just hasn’t seemed like a farm lately. The chickens are still running amok and always hungry, the farm dog is sleeping, the cats are mousing, but something was missing. We sure missed our goats! About a month and a half ago they went to see about some men. We hadn’t a clue what we were looking for regarding heat cycles so Isabelle’s original owner agreed to let the girls stay there and she would make sure they were bred.
Goats have a twenty day heat cycle and on the eighteenth day of being at boarding school, Isabelle and Larry hooked up like long lost lovers and a few more Elsas may be born the end of April. Elsa was not as easy to detect when she was in heat. She is rather shy and wasn’t entirely impressed with the strutting boys. I agreed to let the girls stay another twenty days. We were already in for hay and Larry fees, may as well see if we couldn’t get Elsa knocked up too. And around the 18th day she and a real shrimpy, but very good looking, Alpine got it on. Not the original boy I had planned. He is one of Larry’s sons, which I guess would make them half siblings….wait a ticket, didn’t think that one out….hmm. He is a teenager himself and neither of them had any idea what they were doing, as can be true of any species at that age, but the owner of this fine barn and brothel had high hopes that she took. So, in five months time, at the beginning of May for Miss Elsa, a baby or three may be born.
My favorite part of Spring is finally getting my hands back in the soil and the ever enchanting miracle of baby animals everywhere we look and go, and on our own farmstead too. Raise your glass of eggnog for my girlies and let’s wish them a healthy pregnancy and easy births!