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I was beginning to wonder if something was wrong with one of our goats.  The other two nannies had given birth several weeks ago, but Josephine still hadn't.

This afternoon I heard a high-pitched bleating noise from the barn, but the other kids were all out on the lawn.  I checked out the barn and found Josephine had given birth to TRIPLETS!  Two females and a male.  They look quite healthy and are already starting to play.

Sheep and goats usually only have two young, three at a time is rather uncommon.  That might explain the unusually long pregnancy.

That gives us a grand total of 2 males, 5 females and 1 stillborn.  We're going to have to give away a few goats at some point.  Including the adults, we've now got 11, and I saw our billy goat trying to mount one of the females, so there could be more on their way in a few more months.



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Apr. 21st, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
How sweet! A lovely suprise. The deers out here often have 3 fawns, though triplets were an unusual occourance at my cousins goat farm. :3 I love hooved critters. <3
Apr. 21st, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Oh man, you're going to be overrun with goats!
Apr. 21st, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
We have plenty of land for all the goats, but the animal food bill was about $500 last winter with just 4 goats and 2 sheep. I don't need to feed them during the spring/summer/fall, but having to feed another 7 (or possibly more) animals next winter could end up being a real hardship.
Apr. 21st, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Infinite goats wouldn't be a problem, if they were infinitely small. Alas, while they start small, they get bigger as they grow up.
Apr. 21st, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
If you weren't so far away, I'd be happy to help provide a new home for your ever-growing herd; We've been thinking of adding some little goats or sheep to the family. :)

Our barn-cat started having her kittens this morning. Trade you a kitten for a kid? %)
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