Late January through early May is kidding season Fraga. This is a busy and fun time at the farm when any day one or more goats might go into labor and you’re sure to see a pile of kids snuggling up in the barn.
After birth, mom and kid are placed together in a private pen to give them a chance to rest. We feed mom a special treat of warm water with a swig of molasses and apple cider vinegar. She loves it, and the concoction replenishes her electrolytes - giving birth is hard work! Mom cleans her kid by licking it until it becomes a little fuzzball. We help out on cold days to prevent the wet kid from becoming hypothermic. After just an hour of being alive the kid beings to stand, walk, and hop. In their separate pen the new family bonds and the kid starts feeding.
Our kids go on nursing for about two months, or whenever they reach about 30 pounds. After a few days the kids begin munching on hay, but it takes weeks for their guts to develop to the point where they can break down all the fiber in hay and extract the nutrients.
We believe that goats produce milk first and foremost to nourish their kids. Fortunately for us they produce more milk than the kids need and we are able to use the excess to make cheese.
Our kids spend their days roaming open pasture with their moms and inventing new ways to have fun - from getting their heads stuck in fences to jumping off our homemade pallet swing. Every season about twenty kids are born. We keep a little less than half of the does as milkers and the rest are put up for adoption. We have placed hundreds of goats in loving homes since we’ve been in business, and every year we receive more inquiries about our little goats. You don’t need a barn to own a goat, but having a fenced in yard and a shelter for them and at least one other goat are prerequisites for anyone who might want one.
If you’re on the fence about adopting a kid, let us encourage you! Goats make amazing pets. They’re gentle and funny which makes them great companions for families with small children. After a long day of grown up life it is great to be greeted by your loving kid! Adventurous gardeners will delight in the prospect of nutrient-rich manure. Goats are also natural landscapers and can clear unwanted weeds and shrubbery. We receive lots of inquiries about pack goats which hikers and outdoorsmen adore. Did you know a grown goat can carry up to 50lbs on a pack saddle? That is all your camping gear and some refreshments. Another bonus: they can ride in the back of your Subaru, no stock trailer required!
Take a moment to look through our album of baby goat pictures from the 2016 kidding season, and feel free to reach out to us with any queries.