We were reasonably sure last night that she would. Her tail ligaments were completely gone, there was discharge, and she wouldn't lie down. We set up the monitor, gave her some clean bedding and prepared the birthing kit.
During the day things seemed normal, except for the occasional loud bellows as she ho lard at us up at the house. We knew it was getting close.
Then today, while our creek crossing flooded and we were cut off from our usual supply run, we heard the inevitable change in goat noises that often come before kidding. Coupled with the voice of one of our children saying, "um, that doesn't look right..."
The previous owners had said she kidded easily and always threw triplets. They weren't wrong. It was all over in 30 minutes. Every baby came out the right direction and each was fairly healthy. Spider knew her job and didn't step on them once, carefully placing her feet every time, to be sure.
We probably didn't even have to be there. The former owners had never managed to be home when she'd decided to kid before and she'd done just fine. Nonetheless, it was a good experience for the children and it was good for us to be there just in case.
The last fellow out was a little wobbly still but he has figured out how to nurse already, so we won't worry too much just now. They'll get a BoSE shot in a day or so, when we can get over the crossing to the vet, just to be sure he isn't deficient.
All the other girls are chasing one another in the other pen because they are all so excited.They can't even see the little buggers yet, but they can hear them. The donkey is braying his congratulations and momma won't lie down until every last inch is licked dry.
Spider is 50% Nubian and 50% Boer but the buckling's sire is 100% Boer. So, the babies are perfect meat goats. They will grow quickly and fill our freezer well.
Long ago, we'd made the children promise not to get attached but right away our teen promised to take care of one of them, the first born that he helped dry off. He swore to built it a shelter and everything. Of course you can't just keep one goat by itself. It needs a buddy. So, if that happens, he'll need a wether and guardian to keep him company.
It remains to be seen if that will happen.
The hubby is editing footage, no guarantees on how shaky it is, the little guys helped record it, they're 5 and 7. We'll see how it turns out, and if it is good enough, we'll post it here shortly.