Sunday, February 10, 2008

T Minus Nothing

As you know, the kidding countdown started just a couple of days ago, and it was scheduled to run until February 17, the supposed due date of the three competitors, who had all been bred on the same day. The three competitors were Hannah Belle, Miss Melly, and Scouty, with the smart money favoring Hannah Belle (my daughter, aka Hannah Belle Lecter), because she never goes 150 days.

The farmer was worried about Hannah Belle because she was as big as a 747 without any of the aerodynamic advantages, and she had injured one of her feet and was not getting around very well. So Hannah Belle was being cosseted and coddled while everyone else practically had to grow their own hay.

But if you have ever been to the race track, you know that the smart money often sits alone at the bar after the ponies have all gone home, wondering how such a sure thing could go sideways in such a hurry. And as you also know from your kidding handbook, if a doe is going to have a LOT of babies, she isn't going to go 150 days either, even if she isn't Hannah Belle.

143 is plenty.

Scouty, being a professional, had read the handbook, and about two hours ago, while Hannah Belle was being spoonfed tapioca pudding or something like that, she won the pool by popping out a set of quads.

She had the first two up and dressed for school by the time the last two arrived, about five seconds apart. The second two quickly got with the program, and after a thorough all-over tongue scrubbing, followed by three or four small meals for everybody, the entire family is now napping in the honeymoon suite in the barn.

Three girls and a boy.

Martha Stewart could not have done it any better.

Congratulations to Scouty.


JustKiddin said...

Wow, that was quick! Nice job to Scouty...and the 4 new babies as well. And three of them doelings, too--definitely a good start to the kidding season. Who needs that extra week, anyway?

Our Gidget is due in just a bit under 3 weeks. She's looking a bit broad in the beams, but certainly not like a 747, so I suspect she'll only have one. Oh well, she's not a Nigie or a Nubian, and that's okay with us. We love our Saanens :)

Grumpy Goat said...

We need pictures! Pictures of pretty goats!

RawMilkStar said...

I knew it! I knew Scouty was pregnant weeks ago when you mentioned how big she was getting. I know they aren't your grandkids and they are *Nubians* but I always love seeing pictures! We raise Nubians and have a first freshener due on the 22nd, and another due March 12. We just built a new maternity ward for the expectant does.

Anonymous said...

What great news! Hooray for Scouty! I have been reading 'This Goat's Life' for about a week now and I've completely read all the archived posts. You're quite an entertaining goat!

goatfarmer said...

go Gidget! Saanens rock!

don't worry you will soon be begging the pictures to stop already. Lori is carrying one of the little does around and calling it 'sugarbaby' and kissing it on the lips, which I find rather undignified.

when she isn't frenchkissing sugarbaby or fluffing her fur in front of the pellet stove, she takes pictures of the funny-looking thing from every conceivable angle.

it's tiresome.

Marigold said...

Personally I believe it was the ears that did it. Gravity and all that. I am with 'Grumpy Goat' of pretty goats! Yes, we need them.
As for Lori, well, just be thankful she had her pants on this time.

deconstructingVenus said...

Congratulations Scouty! Three girls and a boy, just like my Nubian had on Saturday. So did the babies have blue eyes? Do we know who the father is yet? I'm on pins and needles here.