My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

TWO GOAT BABIES BORN ALIVE!

Yesterday was a mixed blessings kind of day.

Was late getting outside in the morning. Not that it would have mattered but when I was letting my new mama hen and her 3 new chicks out for a stroll, I heard baby bleating coming from our goat pen. It was only slightly different from the baby goat bleating I hear from the property behind us but it was enough for me to hurredly check our goat pen.

CC the doe was in the 6x10 dog kennel we had allocated to the goats. Standing over a little fluff. Unlocked the gate and rushed in. Two babies were on the hay, not moving. Very sad. Obviously stillborn (didn't check sex before disposing). But there were two others that CC was licking and caring for. They are both girls, and absolutely adorable. I'll take some pix and post them later.

We didn't weigh them. And not 100% sure what order they were born, but that's ok. We plan to sell them but since the papa wasn't registerable, not sure anybody will really care what order of birth they were, or how much they weighed.

Mama CC is a nigerian dwarf and Papa is an alpine/nubian cross.  These two doelings will definitely be great miniature dairy goats.

Not bad for our very first kidding.

Now .. if only the other doe would kid. We THINK she might be getting ready so I have work to do in the goat pen. Right now, CC won't let this 2nd doe in the kennel so I'm gonna have to move things around.

How exciting!

On another sad but good note, Hubby left at 7-ish this morning to take 4 of our chickens for processing. We plan to butcher ourselves at some point, but today is a test for emotions ... can we really kill and eat a pet?

We'll see.

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