Dairy goats need to be bred periodically in order to maintain their milk production. A Nigerian Dwarf goat's lactation cycle is around 300 days. The gestation period is 5 months, and the babies need to be nursing for the first 2 months of the 300 day lactation. Given all those numbers, we figure that we need to breed each of our two goats about every 16 months in order to keep a steady flow off milk for our household. So, around every 8 months or so, we welcome 1-3 new goat babies!
The babies will stay with their mom until they are 8 weeks old, and then they will be re-homed. We feel confident that they'll find wonderful homes!
The light-colored girl, brown eyes.
The dark-colored girl (with a white spot on her head and chest!), brown eyes.
The boy, with blue eyes.
The light-colored girl, stretching her long legs...
...and showing off her beautiful markings!
The dark-colored girl nursing...
...and saying hello.
The boy getting some love from his mom...
...and then falling asleep on his feet.
The baby Dwarf goats are quite little -- they're smaller than a chicken!
Our neighbors came by to visit the babies. Peaberry is wondering why no one is paying attention to her (she's usually the center of attention).
Dasha and her 3 kids.
(Thanks to Brian Kraft Photography for the photos.)