First born kid
First born kid

Lily is my favourite goat, she is half Saanen and half Toggenburg and I bred her myself 2 years ago.  She is a sweet natured unassuming little girl and was so eager to please me she became a maiden milker (that is a goat that produces milk without first having a kid).  She loved the attention she got on the milking table and although she only managed to give about half a pint, I still went through the motions with her twice daily.

El Diablo and Lily
El Diablo and Lily

When she was around 18 months old and with her mother getting to the end of her milking cycle, I decided it was time for her to meet a Billy.  She was shipped off to a friends where she met with 2 stinky gentlemen, one a Golden Guernsey and the other I nicknamed El Diablo for his dark brooding looks.

I was certain she was pregnant but her milk suddenly dried up and she appeared to come back into heat, much to my disappointment.  I had written her off until I noticed she was developing a little udder.  I watched her closely and counted down the weeks.

In the meantime I was wrapped up in lambing, plenty of problems there to be keeping me busy and I even had to don the rubber gloves one evening to pull out a baby that was stuck fast, when Himself had gone off to his welding class.

Lily and her odd kids
Lily and her odd kids

As her time drew near, I separated her into the “birthing suite” and could tell she was relieved to get away from the bully goat Anastasia.  A few days before her due date, she was showing signs of labour and of course, it had to be a “welding night”.  She laid down, made a noise like someone throwing up and then quickly produced two kids, easy as anything.  After all the trauma of lambing it was a piece of cake.

What I did find odd was that the female kid was the spitting image of El Diablo with pricked ears, whereas the boy looked more like a Golden Guernsey with floppy ears.  Is it possible they could have different fathers?

Kids in a bucket
Kids in a bucket
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