And We Have Babies!

Introducing our newborn babies-King's Rock EX Ava Isabella and King's Rock EX Amata Isabella.  

Introducing our newborn babies-King's Rock EX Ava Isabella and King's Rock EX Amata Isabella.  

Introducing King's Rock EX Ava Isabella and King's Rock EX Amata Isabella.  

Kidding season has started at the farm with King's Rock Madison Isabella.  On March 30, she delivered two healthy twin girls.  While we are glad that she had two babies, we thought for sure that she was carrying more.  She was huge and not only wide but deep as well.  You could tell she was close and so we moved her into the kidding pen.  She began early labor in the afternoon and spent the day in the corner of the pen, very uncomfortable and ready to have the kids.  At around 8 pm her labor progressed and by 9:30 pm, she had delivered two new healthy baby girls.  Even though she had an uneventful birth, kidding is a chaotic time and several of our neighbors and family friends came to assist and we could not be more grateful for their help.  

We have been waiting since last year for Madison to kid.  We never were successful in catching her as baby, her heats were not very strong and the buck always seemed more interested in our other kid Java when we tried to catch her in heat.  It did allow us to show her as a dry yearling, and she was able to earn her dry leg.  We knew we wanted Madison X Expresso kids, as we have seen the results of her sire's offspring bred to Expresso and really like the outcomes of the breedings.  They produce beautiful, regal, dairy does.   

The girls, a few days old and waiting to be fed.  Ava is on the left and Amata is on the right. 

The girls, a few days old and waiting to be fed.  Ava is on the left and Amata is on the right. 

A close up of Ava!

A close up of Ava!

To make up for not kidding last year, she did not disappoint us and gave us two beautiful doe kids.  The best part is that they are black!  Not that I don't love all my other goats, but I will take a black doe over another color any day.  There is just something about how they look and their style that makes them stand out to me.  

They are very similar looking kids, though Ava has a small white patch on her side.  Amata is a Spanish name, meaning lovable.  They are really adorable kids and we look forward to them growing up in our herd. 

Madison's udder a few days fresh.  

Madison's udder a few days fresh.  

And while we are at it, it would be awful not to mention what a great milker Madison has turned into.  As a first freshener, she is producing about a gallon a day to feed her babies.  And her udder is absolutely gorgeous.  It is nice and round and situated very high in the escutcheon.  It looks very similar to Allie's udder, which is fine by me.  Allie won numerous awards for her udder and appraised excellent in mammary as an eight year old.  

The picture on the side shows her udder a few days fresh.  It will look even better once she heals from kidding and we are finally able to give her a proper haircut-she is such a fur ball.  

We are now patiently-ok maybe not so patiently waiting for Piper to kid.  She was ultrasounded with at least two kids, possibly three.  Her udder is getting huge and she is a day past her due date, so any day now!