Friday, July 11, 2014

Providence's Perpetuation Provisions: The Goat Kids of 2014

I know it's been a bit since our last post, but it's been extraordinarily busy around here, with seasonal chores to attend to; and so, thanks for your patience!

Back in November, it was time to start the goat mating process once again (with a 150-day gestation period, this usually puts the kidding to after freezing temperatures). We have two bucks, and we separate our older does with our buck Shatner:

Nubian Buck Shatner


And the next generation does with Rocky (posing with my brother Kevin when he was visiting back in April):

Nubian Buck Rocky


And lo, after 5 months, by God's graces, many kids were born! Here are a few pictures of the lot of them. Nine does gave birth to 17 in all -- 9 bucklings and 8 doelings, although we sadly lost two of the bucklings in the first few days:

2014 Goat Kids
More 2014 Goat Kids
Some More 2014 Goat Kids
Yet More 2014 Goat Kids
Further More 2014 Goat Kids


Here's a kid relaxing with a chicken in one of the sheds:

Goat Kid & The Chicken in a Shed


Besides the losing of the two bucklings, this goat season was also interesting in a couple of other ways. First, we lost our Nubian nanny Betsy during the winter, although not from the cold because it wasn't cold when she died. She had had a lump on her throat for several years that sort of just sat there; but it did seem to change a couple of weeks before she died -- got spongier; so maybe something happened with that. Here is Betsy and her kids from last year:

Our Nanny Goat Betsy and Her Kids from 2013


And secondly, our nanny Minnie, who was our first born on the land from Winnie, died two days after giving birth from what appeared to be complications in the birth. Here is Minnie from last year with her kids as well:

Our Nanny Goat Minnie and Her Kids from 2013


It was quite sad to lose them both, but we always pray we have the proper attitude toward the things the Lord has provided to us for our use.

Here is where Betsy and Minnie were first introduced back in 2008.


And so, with Minnie dieing, we had two orphans on our hands again (here is where we had orphans the first time). That's Pearl (in honor of Minnie -- think Hee Haw) in the back, and Tiger (because he sort of has tiger-looking colors) in front:

Orphan Goat Kids Pearl & Tiger


This is Sue and Kev feeding them:

Bottle Feeding Orphan Goat Kids


Kev also helped me move goat sheds back when we separated nannies from Shatner and Rocky:

Moving Goat Sheds in the Spring


The Lord had graciously granted a very nice gentleman to be interested in buying our entire kid herd last year, and he was interested again this year, and here we are prepping the area to load them up:

Preparing Animal Trailer for Loading the Goat Kids


And finally, here is the kids of 2014 video. It's a little long, but it includes introducing each of them and their sires to you, bottle feeding the orphans, letting them eat (including the smaller amount of wheat we ended up receiving this year) and roam around our inner field and barn area, and when we said goodbye to them after getting them loaded in the trailer:




As always, we are very grateful to God for granting the kid crop of this year; the health and safety He granted for them; the trials He brings in order to glorify Himself and we pray mold us in His image; and now for the provisions of the very healthy milk, which is really why we keep goats in the first place.

-- David

4 comments:

Adam said...

Thanks for posting this. It's so interesting to me to be able to get a glimpse into your lives. May The Lord bless you and keep you.

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Adam,

It's always our prayer that God glorify Himself through us.

Thank you for the prayer, and may God grant you His graces and mercies.

Thanks for saying hello!

-- David

bayougirl said...

Thank you so much for your posting of the "goat chronicles." I really enjoy the chance to see how you take care of your animals.

Jill

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Jill,

It's always a neat and fun time of year when the goat kids are born, as God provides, although it's sometimes a little stressful, hoping the births go well, but the worry is our own carnal-man problem. :)

Glad the post could be enjoyable. Thanks for saying hi! May God keep you in His care.

-- David