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Clover Has Babies!

Aug
6

The sky stormed, the earth shook, the power went out, and Clover had her babies. It was all suitably dramatic. Wednesday evening around 6:30, I came home to this:

Sneaky little goat.

I’d had three teenage girls in my house for a few days and had been out dropping two of them off to their rightful owners. Then I dropped Morgan off at volleyball practice. A brief, strong storm had come up as we left and the power was out. (It finally came back on early Thursday morning. I have to stop for a second and say–country girls rule! We came across a tree in the road. Couldn’t get around it. The girls hopped immediately out of the car and moved the tree. No question, no whining. Country girls can survive.) I came home and sat down on the front porch…and heard a tiny cry.

I looked over the porch and there was Clover on the porch of the goat house with two tiny things!

Of course, I rushed right down there. She must have had them while I was out driving around. There was fresh goop on the goat porch floor but Thing 1 and Thing 2 were already up on their feet, trying to nurse, occasionally collapsing back to take power naps.

They are so tiny. And adorable!!!!!!!

I’ve never seen goat babies this newly-born.

Clover was sweet and affectionate, eager to be petted and praised for her good work. I brought a bale of straw and spread it over over the goat porch and inside the goat house. One of the babies fell between the goat porch floor and the fence wire surrounding it and couldn’t get back up. We moved them all inside the goat house (after I took these photos) and closed up the opening to the goat porch to keep them safe inside. Clover inhaled a bowl of feed and asked for more then sucked down a lot of water.

The babies favor the proud papa (Eclipse).

I can’t tell for sure yet if they have his blue eyes or not, but I think at least one of them does.

They are both boys, which is already a little sad because I know that means I’ll have to say goodbye to them eventually.

But they aren’t leaving yet! By yesterday, they were already getting frisky and there will be a lot of fun to be had with them first! I’ll be keeping them safe in the goat house until after I come back from Ross’s boot camp graduation–by then, they will be bigger and stronger and I’ll be here to watch over them. I’ll wait at least a month or so before I start milking Clover to let the babies have her all to themselves.

These photos (from here down) were taken the next day (Thursday) when the babies were still not a day old. See the blue eyes? They may both have the blue eyes, I’m just not sure yet. I should be able to tell within a week.

A ball of babies!

Everybody’s curious. See Little peering in through the gate?

Clover is a good mama. And a good milker! Isn’t that right, Clover? Clover! I see goat milk soap. I see chevre. I’ve been milking a cow, missy!

I can take you and your tiny udder! I can–

I can give you a lot of doughnuts.

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  1. 8-6
    1:34
    am

    Congratulation!! They’re adorable :sheep:

  2. 8-6
    1:35
    am

    CongratulationS ….more than one, lol

  3. 8-6
    1:47
    am

    Wow! I never thought I’d see the words, “Clover”, “sweet” and “affectionate” in the same sentence!!! Clover, my dear, your new babies are beautiful, er, handsome!!! Has Aunt Nutmeg seen them? What does she think?

  4. 8-6
    2:14
    am

    Yeah Clover, they’re sooooo cute.
    What a way to celebrate National Goat Cheese Month!!!!

  5. 8-6
    2:22
    am

    Congratulations, new Grandma! I would be so proud… It’s been exciting to follow your blog, meet Clover and Eclipse, and see the babies now, looking so much like their dad–sorta a next generation kind of thing! I love your blog–I wished I lived on a farm too!

  6. 8-6
    2:28
    am

    They are so cute!!

  7. 8-6
    2:29
    am

    Well, my kids (the human kind) and I certainly enjoyed seeing your new kids this morning!! Precious!!

  8. 8-6
    2:39
    am

    Those babies are so so sweet. You are one lucky gal. When you make it would you please share the process of making goat milk soap. And what could I use in place of goats milk? Should I buy goats milk or is it ok to use another kind of milk.

  9. 8-6
    2:58
    am

    They are gorgeous! Nice work, Clover!

  10. 8-6
    3:12
    am

    Oh, too, too sweet! Easy to fall in love with. Well done, Clover!

  11. 8-6
    3:37
    am

    YAAAAAAAAAY! Baby goatlings are adorable. :sheepjump:

  12. 8-6
    4:06
    am

    They are gorgeous. Clever Clover. She looks so pleased with herself.

  13. 8-6
    4:19
    am

    Oh how beautiful they are!! So so sweet!

  14. 8-6
    4:21
    am

    yay! They are toooooo cute!

  15. 8-6
    4:45
    am

    Be careful of using buckets to water Clover with, young kids love to fall in and drown.

    Congratulations Clover!

  16. 8-6
    4:46
    am

    Congratulations Clover! What adorable little kids. :airkiss: See, it was that extra doughnut that brought all this on :yes: I’ll be smiling all day now.
    :happyflower:

  17. 8-6
    4:58
    am

    Bittersweat!! Congratulations!

  18. 8-6
    5:35
    am

    They are adorable!

  19. 8-6
    5:53
    am

    Awww soooo cute ! Congratulations ! :heart:

  20. 8-6
    5:54
    am

    Hooray for the babies! Here’s hoping that you get some wonderful goat’s milk eventually. ;)

  21. 8-6
    5:58
    am

    Congratulations!

  22. 8-6
    6:16
    am

    Congratulations to all! This news has made my day. They are truly sweet!

  23. 8-6
    6:16
    am

    They are adorable.

    We have never had goats on the farm.

    I love goat milk soap; I have to buy my goat milk.

    Clover did good!

  24. 8-6
    6:27
    am

    Well done, Clover!

  25. 8-6
    6:32
    am

    Congratulations!! They are pretty darn cute!

  26. 8-6
    6:34
    am

    How wonderful! They all, including Clover, look beautiful!

  27. 8-6
    6:50
    am

    Awww. Good job Clover! :heart: :heart: I can hardly wait to watch the kids being kids! Congrats Grammie Suzanne!

    Pam

  28. 8-6
    7:05
    am

    How adorably cute. Clover did good. Was it the donut?

  29. 8-6
    7:06
    am

    Ok, I decided. We need a couple of wethers for the ridge. Those boys are so cute! We have been talking about getting some to eat the brush and weeds. Them and/or hairy sheep anyway. I even volunteered to help put up the new fence! Congrats to Clover and her extended family!

  30. 8-6
    7:27
    am

    How exciting! They are just precious. Tell Mama Clover “Good job!” I can just imagine that you (and Morgan) are just beside yourselves with glee.

  31. 8-6
    7:33
    am

    How cute!!

    I don’t know why, but I have wanted to raise goats for years now! I think they are the most fascinating animals.

  32. 8-6
    7:37
    am

    They are beautiful!!!! Clover looks like a proud mom too. Congrats to all of you. Make sure she gets extra cookies for a job well done

  33. 8-6
    7:54
    am

    I can’t wait to hear the names. They are jsut the sweetest things I have ever seen! I want a goat!

  34. 8-6
    7:57
    am

    Congratulations! I wonder if they’ll be cookie eaters like their Mamma? They really are quite sweet.

  35. 8-6
    7:58
    am

    Congratulations! :snoopy: We have babies! They are just sooooo cute. Can you measure them? How tall are they? They look soooo tiny!

  36. 8-6
    8:08
    am

    YOU definitely need a “before” photo next to your last one above (“after”) to compare her belly sizes. SHe looked like she was about to EXPLODE!

  37. 8-6
    8:10
    am

    Congrats! It was the donut you gave her yesterday. :) Can’t wait for you to share pics of baby goatie antics.

  38. 8-6
    8:14
    am

    They are precious!!! Congratulations!!!

  39. 8-6
    8:15
    am

    Yay, the babies are here! Cookies for everybody!!! :snoopy:

    So what are you going to name the boys?

  40. 8-6
    8:16
    am

    OMG! They are sooooo cute!

  41. 8-6
    8:21
    am

    YEAH!!! So sweet :) You go Clover! Congrats Susanne.

  42. 8-6
    8:21
    am

    Congratulations, Clover!!!! Two cutest babies ever!!

  43. 8-6
    8:26
    am

    What a lovely surprise for you to come home to! Congratulations to all and well done, Clover! The babies are adorable. So tiny! :sheep:

  44. 8-6
    8:28
    am

    oh my…they are so handsome! she did good! congratulations!

  45. 8-6
    8:29
    am

    Suzanne congratulations on Clover’s babies. They are super cute and Clover looks so happy. I love your blog. I read it every day. I can’t wait to watch the baby boys grow up and I will feel your pain when we have to say goodbye to them. Oh Happy day today!!!

  46. 8-6
    8:29
    am

    Congrats to Clover (and to you)! I have baby Llamas due soon and I can’t wait!

  47. 8-6
    8:30
    am

    OMG they are CUTE!!!!! I think Clover deserves lots of doughnuts:D Have fun at Graduation, we are heading to GA next month for our sons;)

  48. 8-6
    8:40
    am

    WOOOHOOOO Clover is a Mommy!!!! Does that make you a ‘Nana’ Suzanne???? They are just adorable and Clover looks the same as ever…hungry. CONGRATLUATIONS to all of you…it’s been a long time coming but this day is finally here. ENJOY! Chic :hungry2:

  49. 8-6
    8:41
    am

    Congratulations!! Baby goats are one of the most precious things! And why not make them whethers later on and keep them as pets! We do that with our boys and they are so good with our real boys. Pygmy whethers make wonderful sweet companions to other goats as well. Some of our older does pick on Bella our milk goat but she and Marv (named for the planet Mars, my son just couldn’t say it right LOL) are great buddies.

  50. 8-6
    8:42
    am

    :happyflower: :dancingmonster: :happyflower: HOW WONDERFUL!! TWO!! Congrats CLOVER!! And Suzanne!! Your a grandma!! Lots of sweet treats are in order!!
    Hugs Granny Trace

  51. 8-6
    8:43
    am

    That should have been wethers, not whethers!

  52. 8-6
    8:45
    am

    They are sooooo cute! I want one! Now, I just have to work on my husband. :)

  53. 8-6
    8:56
    am

    What a wonderful surprize from Clover! They are soooo adorable!
    Congratulations Grandma!

  54. 8-6
    9:03
    am

    Congratulations! They are so tiny and so adorable. I have had experience as a goat midwife. It was quite interesting!You are so fortunate that Clover had them by herself!
    Regarding your comment about country girls ruling-AMEN!!!!!

  55. 8-6
    9:03
    am

    Yea! They are so adorable!

  56. 8-6
    9:08
    am

    What beauties! I don’t think I could ever part with those two boys.

  57. 8-6
    9:13
    am

    I second the bucket warning! We rece3ntly lost a doe in a fish pond that I thought she couldn’t get to. :(

    Congrtat to you and Clover. The boys are adorable!!!!
    RYs

  58. 8-6
    9:24
    am

    Congratulations on the beautiful kids!

  59. 8-6
    9:33
    am

    So adorable!!! Just too cute.

  60. 8-6
    9:38
    am

    Go Clover Go Clover, you had babies, you had babies :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy:

  61. 8-6
    9:44
    am

    Clover looks so happy and proud. How adorable are those babies. You are going to have so much fun with them. I can’t wait to see more and more pics.

  62. 8-6
    9:48
    am

    :snuggle: Suzanne,I know what you’re feeling. My Nannie had 2 babies 1 year ago.I was afraid they were so small they could not possibly survive,but they are really healthy and adorable today,both mother and babies.It is such a good feeling to be loved by and attached to your pets, the way we are, but I suppose that because we are a caring people. I have seen so many folks who do not have the capability of loving any being in the animal world.They don’t know what they’re missing. I’m so glad your pets are doing good. I think being loved plays a big part in them being healthy,just as with people.

  63. 8-6
    9:48
    am

    :hug: Congratulations! :hug: We really could use a “goat” image now….Maybe the twins! Beautiful. Does this mean your a Nana????LOL! :snoopy:

  64. 8-6
    9:57
    am

    Congrats! OMG they’re so cute! :woof:

  65. 8-6
    9:58
    am

    yay!!!! fluffy goat babies!

  66. 8-6
    10:00
    am

    Congratulations…..glad to hear that everyone is doing good. I have always wanted goats…won’t be much longer til I get them….retiring in 1 1/2 yrs… :shimmy: :snoopy: :woof: :sheepjump: :sheep: :duck: :dancingmonster:

  67. 8-6
    10:08
    am

    What a wonderful surprise!! Congrats! And how nice of her to deliver while you were gone to save you all the stress and worry :snoopy:

  68. 8-6
    10:16
    am

    Finally! At last! You’ve been waiting for this forever! Congratulations!

  69. 8-6
    10:51
    am

    AWWWWW!! They’re they cutest little furballs EVER!!

    Congrats, Grammy!

  70. 8-6
    10:52
    am

    Good girl, Clover. You have a beautiful family.

  71. 8-6
    10:53
    am

    Clover is such a proud mama. Good job!

  72. 8-6
    10:59
    am

    At last!!! And to have done it all on her own too, quite impressive that little Clover!

  73. 8-6
    11:12
    am

    Those little ones are just too cute for words and Clover looks like the proud Mama. Probably thinking she deserves double treats for quite sometime now and I agree.

  74. 8-6
    11:23
    am

    YAY!!!!!!!! BABIES!!!!! They are absolutely adorable. Congrats to you and the new mama!!!

  75. 8-6
    11:31
    am

    Congratulations on the two new goat babies. What are you going to name them?

    Susan

  76. 8-6
    11:31
    am

    Looking at the pics of those two sweet little babies just made my day! It was just like Clover to be sneaking and have them while you were gone. LOL Congrats to Clover and to you Grammy Suzanne! :happyflower: :sun:

  77. 8-6
    12:13
    pm

    Oh, how precious!! They are beautiful. Clover, you go girl!

  78. 8-6
    12:23
    pm

    :sheepjump: How fun! :sheepjump:

    Congratulations – to you and Clover. They’re beautiful!

  79. 8-6
    12:42
    pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!

  80. 8-6
    12:42
    pm

    Congratulations!! They are so-o-o-o cute. Wish I were there to play with them and cuddle. Are you going to have a name contest or do you have names picked out?? I love your web-site.

  81. 8-6
    12:57
    pm

    Oh my goodness…how precious!!! Congratulations, Momma Clover :happyflower:

  82. 8-6
    1:00
    pm

    Thing 1 and Thing 2 are verrrrrry cute.

    Congrats to all!

  83. 8-6
    1:15
    pm

    Congratulations Clover and Suzanne! Must have been that doughnut that brought it on! The babies are soooo adorable!

  84. 8-6
    1:19
    pm

    What wonderful news! It warms my heart and makes me want more animals around here. I have one anti-social cat so I won’t be able to have more animals for quite a while. Seriously, my cat would pack her bags and move out if I had any other animals move in. She’s my baby, though, since my kids are grown and flown, so it’s OK. Enjoy those babies! I know you already are!

  85. 8-6
    2:01
    pm

    Most folks give their does, after birthing, molasses in bucket of warm water, my girls lap it up. Be sure to worm Clover. Looks like she may need a hoof trimming too, front hooves appear too pointy. Have a great time with the babies. Clovers udder and teats look good, let me see side and rear shots.

  86. 8-6
    2:33
    pm

    YAY Clover :snoopy:

    You rock! :woof:

    and so do your new babies.

    Congrats to the new little family

  87. 8-6
    3:09
    pm

    How exciting! They are so adorable and Clover has such a beautiful expression! Congrats!

    Darlene in Ks

  88. 8-6
    3:09
    pm

    Congrats to you and Clover on the babies! They are absolutely adorable.

    (as a side note, my DDs are in their 20’s now and they’ve always been Thing 1 and Thing 2. You really made me laugh!)

  89. 8-6
    3:40
    pm

    Yay. We had one of those nights last night. Our power went out around 8:30pm then came back on around 3:30am. They are cuties. I hope the daddy is proud as Clover is.

  90. 8-6
    3:43
    pm

    Congratulations, Clover! Good job! Your babies are sooooo cute!!! And congratulations to NanaSuzanne! :snoopy:

  91. 8-6
    3:48
    pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww so sweet. Maybe next time she’ll have a girl :sheepjump:

  92. 8-6
    3:58
    pm

    So cute!! Looks like Clover already lost all her baby weight!

  93. 8-6
    4:33
    pm

    They are super cute! I’ve never wanted a goat so much than after seeing those cuties!

  94. 8-6
    4:39
    pm

    They are precious. I think it’s time for a naming contest!

  95. 8-6
    5:10
    pm

    Congratulations!

  96. 8-6
    5:45
    pm

    Oh, how sweet they are!

  97. 8-6
    5:50
    pm

    So excited to see Clover’s babies! they are sooooooo CUTE! I want one! I love babies!

  98. 8-6
    6:09
    pm

    What an adorable surprise!

  99. 8-6
    6:50
    pm

    Adorable!

  100. 8-6
    8:23
    pm

    They are soooooooo cute! I am so happy for you, and for Clover!

  101. 8-6
    8:34
    pm

    That is great that Morgan and her two friends were so willing to move a tree. You’re right–country girls can survive. I had to laugh about how you dropped off the two girls to their rightful owners.
    The new little ones are sure cute.

  102. 8-6
    8:50
    pm

    I NEED to see a picture of Morgan holding one of the babies in her arms. Just to see how tiny they really are. They are so cute!! Congratulations!!

  103. 8-6
    10:32
    pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clover is a proud momma. Good work clover. Enjoy your soap. Can I ask who is Little? I don’t remember that dog.

  104. 8-7
    12:14
    am

    Clover, you rule! You did great.. Good for you.

  105. 8-7
    1:04
    am

    Absolutely adorable!!! I’m so happy for all of you! :sheepjump: :sheep:

  106. 8-7
    6:51
    am

    Little is a cat! He’s one of my kittens from last year. We got him from Ross’s girlfriend. He’s of “Kitten and Little” fame!

  107. 8-7
    9:38
    am

    I don’t know how I missed this post! Wonderful just wonderful! I read it a few times! Those babies are so sweet.

  108. 8-7
    10:14
    am

    Oh my,oh my! They are so itsy-bitsy and perfectly matched. Could you keep them and train them to pull a little cart? My gram had a pair that did that when she was a girl.

  109. 8-7
    12:14
    pm

    This is fantastic news! Clover is a beautiful momma and the babies are simply adorable. :yes: :yes: :airkiss:

  110. 8-7
    4:30
    pm

    :woof: :happyfeet: :shimmy: :snoopy: :dancingmonster: :heart: :hug: :sun: !!!!! Congrats!

  111. 8-7
    6:24
    pm

    Congratulations! They are adorable…..they, too will grow too fast!

  112. 8-8
    1:57
    am

    Oh I want one!!

  113. 8-8
    6:15
    pm

    AWWWWWWWWW…. and my goat always dropped bucks, which was so depressing. **sigh**

    But enjoy them while they’re adorable. Good for Clover!

  114. 8-10
    8:34
    am

    Yay! :woof: for baby goats! Yay! :woof: for Clover! Yay! :woof: :snoopy: for country girls!

  115. 8-10
    5:01
    pm

    What a proud mama Clover is……..the babies are just adorable :snoopy:

  116. 8-10
    10:36
    pm

    I think that they are very cute. I guess a bad storm can make anything have babies. I hope that she was not, too afraid. I did not know that you could make goats milk soap. I wish you would share your recipe with us after you make it. It sounds like alot of fun and I bet it smells nice, too. Good Luck with your new babies.

  117. 8-17
    10:36
    am

    :sheepjump: Susanne,
    Have you thought of names for the “little kids” yet? How about “Billy the Kid’ and “Thunder Horn?” I think that sounds like something you’d have on your little piece of heaven on earth.

  118. 8-19
    10:26
    am

    MANY COOKIES AND DOUGHNUTS FOR MS.CLOVER!!!!!! Where do the boy goats end up?? Geez.. they look JUST LIKE THEIR DADDY!!!! Any more babies due soon ?? (Calves in October???)

  119. 8-22
    5:47
    pm

    Oh, be still my goat-loving heart! They are precious. And I am coveting all your cow and goat dairy!

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