Happy New Year! Is it spring yet?
With winter, everything seems slower and sleepier. Farm work consists of feeding chores, spinning wool, and sometimes plowing snow. The woodstove purrs to itself in the corner with the tea kettle whistling along, and the calendar reminds us: spring will come before we're ready.
The biggest excitement in spring, of course, is the birth of our dairy goat kids and the resumption of milking season. The goat doe has a 5 month gestation period and spends the end of winter looking bloated and sometimes on the verge of explosion! When her time is almost upon her, the udder fills up with the early milk, colostrum, and she begins to quietly "talk" to her baby by bleating at her protruding sides. Our girls each have unique personalities, and the older does have distinct cues when they're getting ready to kid. Our miniature Bay, for instance, becomes cuddly and wants nothing more than you to pet her head for her. April Rain paws at the bedding as if to test for the best spot to make a nest.
We expect two births prior to the month of April, but the remaining girls were bred right before Halloween, so they are due in April.
It seems far off from now, but it'll be here before you know it!
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.