twins for Seegersong

On June 2nd, our goat Seegersong had her kids: a doeling and a buckling. Her labor and delivery went smoothly, all in mid-morning hours which was nice for me. Then she didn't seem to know what to do with them, so it took me the rest of the day to get her to accept them and nurse them. I gave them a couple bottle feedings with the colostrum at the beginning. I thought I might have to bottle feed, but they all got the hang of the nursing after a lot of encouragement on my part. I like to have the dam raise the kids though as is clear in my last article, I am learning there are plusses and minuses to each way. One just has to choose which works better for one's own situation. I do find that the kids are as friendly either way as long as they are interacted with frequently even if dam raised.

These little ones are smaller and taking a lot of naps, in comparison to Esmie who seemed older than them at birth, and I will have more pictures of them when they are just a little more grown.

I am also putting up a picture of what my new colony of bees (from a package this spring) were doing yesterday. I don't think they were swarming, they seemed as populous as before in there today when I checked. Yesterday was not that hot but it was sort of muggy (for here) and because of some showers maybe the workers couldn't go forage out far and were just "hanging around"!? Today I took off the entrance reducer and put on a super for honey and left a ventilation hole open in it, so I hope that helps. It is supposed to be in the 90's this weekend, so if they were hot then, they will be more so this weekend. 

 the buckling! 

the buckling! 

 The doeling, also with wonderful ears

The doeling, also with wonderful ears

 meeting Bessie and Esmie

meeting Bessie and Esmie

 Bees bearding a hive

Bees bearding a hive