Monday, July 29, 2013

New kid on the farm!

When we procured our goat herd for breeding purposes, we did not expect any to be already pregnant. However, a couple days later we were thrilled to see a kid born to one of our Kanni. It was a smooth delivery and both mother and kid seem to have recovered without any issues.

A couple of days after birth, the kid was playful, hopping all over the cell. For now, both of them have been put in a separate cell in order to prevent any injury to the kid. At night, the kid is placed under a wooden basket for protection. This also allows for the mother to replenishment milk supply.



We are expecting a few more kids in the coming months. Pregnant goats have been separated from the main herd to avoid injury from other goats. At this time, we are determining appropriate post-birth care required for mother and kid and would love to hear from other herd owners with kidding experience.

13 comments:

  1. what is there some sheet at the floor? what is the purpose of that?

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    1. The gap between the wooden planks was large for the kid so we covered them with sheets. Essentially, to prevent the kid's legs from getting stuck in between the planks..

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  2. the breed looks like kanni goats ,these breed kidings should be twins or triplets but this goat has one kids only pls find out the reason if single kidding occurs it will no viable for goat breeding its my opnion

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    1. I believe the first pregnancy usually results in a single birth.

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  3. twins or triplets depends on nutrition level....Under nourished goat gives single kid, even breed gives twins/triplets
    Dr Arun

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  5. Based on what the experienced people says: First time most of the goats give birth to single kid. After that it will be 2 or 3 kids.

    One goat in my farm(Thalaicherry) gave birth (3rd pregnancy)to 3 kids but unable to feed all 3. Another one gave birth to 2 but both are dead. So we are feeding other kids using this goat. I think we have to learn from the group of animals what we have and use our best judgment to remove or add animals in that group.

    Regards
    Boopathy

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  6. "Pregnant goats have been separated from the main herd to avoid injury from other goats."

    Made me laugh out loud. As if millions of years of evolution never happened! This is signature engineer arrogance that's written all over your blog.

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    1. Millions of years of evolution did not occur in a 10x10 ft stall fed cubicle with a bunch of goats in it. Welcome you to contribute constructively with practical and innovative ideas so that followers can benefit at large..

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    2. "Millions of years of evolution did not occur in a 10x10 ft stall fed cubicle with a bunch of goats in it."

      Really? Silly me, I thought goats always lived and moved in herds, bunched up together more closely than they would in this stall.

      Unrelated constructive contribution: Read Joel Salatin.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the story though. Do appreciate these chronicles.

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  8. Hi Manu,

    For million's of years no one sprayed pesticides, fed fertilizers, maintained uniform distances between plants/trees in the forestry. Does it mean, we should also mimic forest or wild living rules in our business? Also, for millions of years humans lived in caves without lighting, vehicles, warm cloths, refrigerators, good hair cuts, schools, colleges etc. Hope you are not living in a cave for that matter.

    What we are talking here is business. All precautionary measures have to be taken to ensure continuity of financial strength by mitigating risks. Just bring your awareness to the way the pregnant ladies are taken care then you will realize on how to avoid risks. It is all about mitigating, avoiding or transferring risks in business.

    I still can’t stop laughing out loud on your comments but certainly appreciate your naivety which appears to have a ting of immaturity.

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    1. And for you, dear Anonymous, I suggest a reading of "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn for a true lesson in human evolution and origin of civilisation. Thank you.

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