Most of our does are scheduled to kid between January 20th and January 29th this year, with a few stragglers bringing up the tail end in April. In preperation for kidding season the does have all been coming in nightly for a ration of grain, we are constantly checking for signs that someone is getting ready as we all know that does have a code of honor to uphold!
Today we gave everyone a tidy dairy clip, removing the fringes of hair on the sides of their tails, around their udders and the edges of their legs, leaving them a little cleaner for the kidding process. Now, this sounds simple. And it can be. If the does aren't feeling silly. They had a good long rest this year with a few extra months off, and seem to have forgotten what the milk stand is for. Heavens forbid a human should touch their udders! And with that chattering scary set of clippers! ahhhhh! Our two year old does actally stood patiently. Good girls. The jumpiest and silliest of them all of course were our boer goats. They just don't appreciate a good dairy clip!
The girls are all now tidied and we are now on standby waiting for the first doe to go into labor.