Over a week old and growing quickly, Summer Promise and Anam Cara are holding up in spite of the weather and their mother's difficulty in recovering from the birth.
Because Anam Cara did not position herself correctly for birth, Alibi has had a rough time and continues even now to struggle with milk production. The babies are receiving whole cow milk in bottles, because Alibi seems to be unable to make more than about a cup a day. At first she even refused to nurse them, preferring human hands for milking instead of the hungry mouths of her kids. Now, thankfully, she has accepted them and allows them to milk her directly, saving us a lot of time and helping stimulate her into higher production.
The remaining goats are, thankfully, holding off as we prepare for yet another of these unpredictable winter storms. This one calls for anything from 3 to 11 inches of new snow. The previous snow hasn't melted, but did get an ice cap the other day:
Wish us luck with this overzealous winter weather! Stay warm, stay safe when traveling, and trust that Spring is right around the corner; it's March now!
Farmer Shannon runs MSSF and keeps horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats, while living gluten-free & spinning/weaving for a hobby in the SCA.