...hearing about breeding and birthing is TMI! (Too much information.)
It's 8:00 and for some reason I am not as tired as I usually am by this time, so I thought I would post my gingerbread recipe on the gluten for punishment blog.
But first, I had to say that I found my '07 calendar! YIPPEE! "No one" knows how it got there, but it was in the pantry. Weird. Oh well, I am just glad to have it.
I went to Fiasco's Super Duper Handy Due Date Calculator and typed in the breeding dates and Erinn wrote the due dates down on the 2008 calendar for me. She did this for me last year and really enjoyed it, so I think we have a new (although strange) tradition. :o) She looks forward to kidding season as much as I do.
Here's what we've got:
Jan 8 - BELLE (sold a while back, with the agreement that we get one doe kid back.)
Jan 10 - MAGGIE (our oldest doe; for one reason or another we have never kept a doe kid from her, and now we NEED to before it's too late. She's an excellent milker. Looks big enough to have triplets.)
Jan 14 - RIO (this will be her second kidding here, and last time she just had a single doe kid. Hoping for twins this time, but it looks more like just one again.)
Jan 15 or 21 - Oatie (Karen's goat) Dana's daughter, but still much loved by us, and we are anxiously awaiting babies for their sake.)
Jan 17 - Velvet (Second freshener - can't tell if she's having one or two.)
May 6 - DANA (still nursing one twin, and supplying us with half a gallon a day.)
May 7 - DIAMOND (HOPING she'll come back in heat but it's already been over 3 weeks. Darn. I really wanted her bred to a Boer, not a Nubian. So, she was the first of two accidental breedings.)
Open - Valley (yippee she came back in heat after the accidental breeding to her uncle.)
We've got two doe kids reserved for Teresa and two for ourselves but I suppose we shouldn't be counting our chicks before they are hatched. (Or, our doe kids before they are born!)
But, while I'm at it, I'll just say that it would sure be nice to have a couple extra to sell! LOL So, between Maggie, Rio, and Velvet we need 6 doe kids. Ha.
What would be BEST though, is to not lose any does during kidding this year. Kidding Season '06 was extremely rough. Our worst ever, despite my best efforts and not something I care to repeat!