Yes, we certainly are. In fact 9 new kids arrived in the past couple of days! On Wednesday, within a relatively few hours, four of our expectant does gave birth to 7 kids. Hardly had we finished “superintending” one of them when another went into labour. One of the young does gave birth to her first twin outside on a pile of leaves. We were helping clean up two kids inside the hoop house when we heard some groaning outside. By the time I had ran around to her, one kid had already been born. I wrapped it in a towel and took it inside, leading the mother. Her labour started again as we entered the hoop house and I had to help her in. Another young one started to go into labour outside while standing on the goats’ rock pile. I helped her in and she gave birth within minutes. Another two kids were born last evening. We think that they are now finished but there is a slight possibility that one more doe might be pregnant.
All of the deliveries were virtually trouble free. One kid had a leg bent back which required his young mother to push extra hard and caused her to give some loud cries but, before I could intervene and try and reposition the leg inside, out he came. So no shoulder length gloves were needed! (see Great Expectations and the comments)
Six of the kids are bucklings and three are doelings.
Here are a few photos of the new borns:
Even though they are so young, the kids are very entertaining to watch as they learn to run and prance on their wobbly little legs. Here is my first attempt at a video of them. Hopefully more to come.