I am so behind but so much to tell you ! We welcomed our first babies of the season finally on a sunny Sunday afternoon when Zia surprised us with triplets :) I woke up to a chilly below freezing morning to check on her and found her with a full udder and bloody string of mucous plug. Zia is usually my lightening fast kidder and she fooled us twice already so we kept a close eye on her most of the day keeping her company. Friend even delivered some donuts but that did not bribe her anough to have them while she was there, lol. First doeling made an appearance around 3:30pm presented with a front leg folded under. She was black but children reported that once dried she was wildly spotted and very pretty. I usually don't get to see the kids well until it's all over, I just clear their nasal pasages, make sure they are breathing and often don't even check what sex they are .... handing them over to a child to take them inside to dry up and keep warm.
Zia was not very large this pregnancy and actually looked smaller to me than last year when she carried twins, so I expected possibly a single, twins at the most. Once I counted 5 legs of the kid coming out trying to sort which legs belong where, it was obvious there were at least TWO more. They were both breach and came to the world rear legs first after some adjustments (numerous legs pushing out at the same time with each contraction, took all my focus to sort them out to make sure what I was holding on belonged to the same body ) . I actually looked twice that the second kid out was also a doeling, blessed with so many does last year, I expected a buck year for sure. A black buckling came last, followed by 2 placentas about an hour later.
Zia was a trooper and was very calm through most of the labor. Her udder has exceeded all my expectations this year - I will be honest, she was on my sale list after kidding but is no longer :) She has always had good all around attachments, good medial and teats pointing straight down, with a picture perfect fore smoothly blending in a horizontal line into her belly. I have, however, desired more capacity in her mammary and this year she has done it. The udder is high and tight, lovely in shape and pleasure to milk. Zia has earned another year here at Old Paths Homestead, not mentioning the wildly colored kids she produced with Dakota - I plan to repeat this breeding for sure next year. One doeling might be available, please contact me for details. The buck is already spoken for and we plan to retain the other doe.