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Well, our wonderful vet Alison came out this morning to do an ultrasound on our does this morning and to confirm pregnancies. I guess 4 out of 5 isn't bad, as we are bummed that Fern turned out to not be preggo after all! We really thought she was because she is the loudest "singer" of all of them when she is in heat, and there was definitely no signs of a heat this last cycle! She tricked us I guess! LOL. Anyway, here is what we did find with the others with the ultrasound. A minimum of seven kids are expected! This is just what Alison could SEE, so there could be more. We really thought Maggie had multiple kids, and she still may. When we did an ultrasound, her kid was the most developed and biggest, so there could be another one hiding in there as it was challenging to see.
Maggie - single (at least)
Sugar - twins (at least)
Lucy - triplets! (single + twins)
Pepper - single (likely)
I guess it was not meant to be with Fern this year, and that is fine as she is young and I generally wait longer to breed them the first time. We will wait another year to breed her, Charlotte, and Adele. ;-)
Looks like Maggie, Lucy and Pepper all sailed through their 21 day heat cycles with no signs (or singing from Lucy!), so hopefully all three are pregnant! We are waiting until this Friday to see about Sugar and Fern with cycles, so fingers crossed! And although it is early, I could swear that both Lucy and Maggie are already puffing out a bit! :-) Wishful thinking I suppose!! We may do ultrasounds with our vet to confirm breedings.
We are loving the warmer weather these past few days, and really enjoyed having some family in town over the weekend. My nephew Carson helped with the farm chores, and gave the hens some sunflower seeds, collected eggs, filled the buckets for the goats with Chaffhaye, and more! He was a great help and a natural farm boy! :-))
Well, all the girls that we planned to breed this year have been (hopefully!) bred now. We will be watching them closely at this point to see if they are indeed bred! This photo was taken at Willow Moon Farm on Friday when Fern was bred. We drive her all the way down there, only to get back home and see that Sugar was suddenly in standing heat too! And so, we drove all the way back down to Plainfield. Go figure! Hopefully, it was worth the trip and the standing in 8 degree weather for both Sharon and myself! LOL. We will see! :-)