I have always kept my Boer billy in with my Nubian / Boer does all year 'round, they always kidded in February or early March, no problem. I don't keep smelly or destructive billies so no problem keeping them with the does. Well this doe kidded on February 12, 2013 with a set of twins. I have noticed lately that she was much fatter than the other 2 does. Then last week her udder started to inflate like a large balloon.
Saturday when I went out to feed this is what I found ...... another set of twins, a little red billy and a nice little doe just like mama So, from February 12th to August 17th, that's only 6 months and 5 days ..... gestation period is 5 months ... must have something to do with the drought because Dorpers have been lambing at 7 months too. Oh well so much for downsizing. I really should put in more pens and separate off the billies and the rams and breed for February lambing / kidding only when there is some grass for them. But I am sure they prefer to come into the world when it is nice and warm (HOT actually) and sunny vs. rainy, windy and cold.
I wanted some better pictures today than the ones I got last night, but these two just did not want to co-operate for a photo shoot, as soon as I would put them where I wanted to take their picture they walked away, only time they were facing me they were in my shadow.
This mama doe was one of a set of triplets that were all naturally polled, am hoping this little girl will be too. The does are getting old and it's time to have some new ones. I have been waiting for the last couple years for more naturally polled doe kids, all I got was one buck, did not keep him. Will keep rubbing the top of her head like Alladin's Lamp checking and hoping for no horns.
As for the Shetlands I do keep them separate since I have more than one ram and they are registered, getting to be time to decide which ewes will go with which rams and who will sit out this year. I will have to do something for the Pygoras soon as I have a young kid to wean and don't want him in with the does. He may have to become a wether.
Lots of thunder and lightning last night, no rain, started as I was finishing chores, fortunately it was cloud to cloud lightning vs. cloud to ground and off in the distance, I do not like being outside during thunder storms. No problems here but my daughter lost power at her house few miles away when a transformer blew up. Still some clouds today but am hoping the thunder and lightning are done.