The day of first kidding has been excitedly anticipated here ever since we found out our does were pregnant; I have read about a hundred lists titled "how will you know your doe is about to kid" or "signs of imminent labor in goats", but didn't see any of them in either of our ladies. I knew they were close, but figured it would take some time still, perhaps a week or two.
Well, was I in for a surprise!
Yesterday morning, just as Shira and I went out to open the door of the goat house, we saw one of our does already very busy cleaning her new baby. It's a little male, snow-white and cute as a button.
We ran (in rapturous delight) to tell Daddy about the new addition to the goat family, and of course I milked (sorry for the pun) the occassion for all its educational opportunities. I showed the girls the umbilical cord and the placenta, which was delivered soon after the kid.
And here's the little buckling nursing off his mother. She really did me a kindness by kidding without giving us any hint beforehand, because otherwise I probably would have stayed awake all night with her, biting my nails...