Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Goats, On the farm

Well it’s been quite awhile since we last posted…firstly we moved to a new location in downtown central Phoenix. The lot is just shy of a quarter acre. We moved into a house adjacent to a condo community and some of them loved it and some hated it…which of course made our lives a living hell for awhile. In an effort to accommodate their aesthetic we built a new and improved chicken coop, installed several raised bed gardens and with the additional room we decided to expand our herd. After 4 months of trying to appease our neighbors so we could keep our chickens, the 2 neighbors that lived within 80ft of our coop signed the paperwork for the city allowing us to keep our chickens.

In the waiting period, we purchased 2 pregnant does from Lil’ Roughnecks based in Mesa, AZ back in February. Our 2 new does are named Boomer and Pocket Change aka Pookie.

On May 3rd, 2011 Boomer gave birth to 3 kids surprising us all for she is a first freshener and did not show very big. She had 2 bucklings and a doe. We were there for the birth and just happened to catch it while we were checking for eggs to complete a dozen for a friend. Dave noticed the water breaking and immediately began to inform Laura and our neighbor Tracy who is also a student midwife. (How often does someone have access to a midwife for a goat kidding!)

Boomer’s water broke and here came the first kid…she was breached but was lucky to have no real problems kidding the first one. To our amazement a little brown and white doe emerged from the placenta.

About 30 mins later the pushing resumed and this time a little black and white buck poked his head and a foot from her vagina, due to the positioning Boomer need a little help and them bam there he came!

Mom was busy cleaning these two little ones and we were enjoying their new little lives helping mom clean up and the after birth or so we thought began to pass. Little did we know it was a third kid. Our midwife Tracy was a bit concerned for she had never seen the amniotic sac be birthed intact therefore she was not convinced Boomer was done having kids. As she was examining what we thought was the afterbirth was another jet black kid. He was soon birthed with no complications.

Boomer surprised us with 3 beautiful kids and we thought she was only going to have one at most two!

It has been quite the adventure here at Wish We Had Acres!

The gift of life is amazing and we never seem to tire of it!

So if you’re in town give us a buzz and we can give you a tour of our lovely place.

Until next post!

TaTa for now!