Bubbles (Dwarf Nigerian Goat)

  • Bubbles in the straw

Information

  • Breed: Dwarf Nigerian Goat
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 5 years, 4 months old
  • ID: c1a952948c
  • Offspring: 0
  • Litters: 0
  • Breeder: Peacock Cove Farm in Ellsworth
  • Owner: Rob Manner
  • Polled: Yes
  • Coat color: Black/Brown and Banded
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A sweetheart of a goat when we first brought her home from the Blue Hill Fair, Bubbles settled into being one of the more disgruntled animals on the farm. Not that she's mean, but she just doesn't get along with our other Nigerians as everyone else. She also does not have great genetics. Her first kid, Brackets, was born with a birth defect where his front legs bow out.

All that said, Bubbles is easily our best mom on the farm. She loves her kid dearly and gets very distressed when he's out of sight for any length of time. Contrast that with Moxie, who will lose track of Vern all the time.

Thus, while our experience with Brackets suggests otherwise, we're going to try breeding her one more time, as besides being a good mom, she's also one of more cooperative milkers.

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Notes

Dec. 31, 2011

Emma and I both noticed that Bubbles’ vulva seemed more swollen than usual today. Could be nothing, but it could mean imminent kidding, we’ll have to wait and see.

Kidding

Jan. 8, 2012

Been keeping a steady eye on all the dwarf nigerians, but especially Bubbles. Emma and I sat in the pen with the ladies until about 2 a.m. watching Bubbles and her contractions, but alas, nothing.

We even woke in the morning to find nothing, so it goes with goat births.

Earlier we moved Aida out with the sheep and Emmett and Vern. Unfortunately this was also weening time for Josephia who we think might be stressing the ladies out a bit.

Kidding

Feb. 12, 2012

Bubbles had a stillborn undeveloped fetus sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. this morning.

The scapula on the left side was visible as were some of the first ribs and the fore skull was not present. It was also missing some skin on the fore legs. We did not determine the sex, though the rest of the fetus was intact.

Bubbles, who’s first kid had leg development issues last year, seems healthy enough. Right now we are chalking it up to either nutritional deficiency (selenium may be the culprit again) or simply a genetic predisposition to poor kidding (small uterus?).

Kidding