To be honest, there is a little whining that goes on during kidding season. Amidst all the wonder and beauty of new life and bouncing kids and maternal mothers and new milk lurk a few things we whine about…just a little.
Like, getting up in the middle of the night. OK, some nights are nice – starry, crisp, no wind, coyotes in the distance. But lots more are just plain unpleasant, especially after crawling out of a nice, warm bed – below zero, tearing wind, driving snow. Ah yes, early spring in Vermont.
And sometimes there’s a little whining when one of the goats decides to launch into labor at dinner time. It’s hard enough to find time to make meals during the kidding season, but it seems just plain unfair to have to miss the few we do make.
And everyone whines just a tad when, after days on end of wall to wall birthing, taking care of little ones, trying to save weak babies, moving moms and kids in and out of pens, fatigue settles in. Chore time is much, much longer and, of course, you have to add milking twice a day on top of everything.
So, as of March 13, here are the stats. We have only 4 more does waiting to give birth, 39 have delivered, we’ve had 76 kids, 36 girls and 41 boys, we had 5 sets of triplets (yikes!). All but 17 of the kids have found new homes. And we are making caramel again, with cheese soon to follow. Official end of whining.
We were blessed with an absolutely great team of interns working closely with us through the entire time. Tracy, Sophie and Katie raced up the learning curve of assisting at births and became experts at taking care of the moms and kids after the births…and washing towels. Steve and Calley calmly handled both the easy and difficult births, learning more each time about all the nuances of presentations and timing. And Judith provided the life saving M and M’s. Someone needs to do the hard work.