My second doe, Dory, finally kidded today! Triplets! Two girls and one boy. The first one I picked up was the boy, and I was worried that we were going to end up with all boys this year! Two are dark brown, and one (in front) is a gorgeous gray-brown (that one is a girl). If I were keeping one, I'd keep her, but we've already decided not to keep any this year.
So the new babies are now in the "growing room", and the two older babies are in the room with the bunnies. They will now have access to go in and out, during the day, anyway. That small paddock is closed off from the rest of the pasture, for now.
Milking & feeding are going to be VERY busy for the next few days to a week. Tonight: milked Dory (the one who just gave birth); also gave her a pedicure (trimmed her nails) and gave her some wormer & some vitamin paste (Vitamin E & Selenium). Took the colostrum into the house, filtered it & filled 3 bottles, washed the bucket & strainer, then fed the 3 new babies. Came back in to make fresh bottles & fed the other 2 (now about 2.5 weeks old). Then I did food & water for the bunnies, then the chickens, gathered the eggs, and locked them in for the night. Then went back & milked Snowball, the other doe; came back to the house to filter and put away the milk.
I have to milk the two goats separately for the next 3 or 4 days, until we're past the colostrum stage. The babies will have to be fed separately as there are 5 of them, and I only have 3 bottles. The new babies will be fed 3 times a day for the first week or so (until they're drinking a whole bottle at each feeding). That also ensures that they're getting the colostrum, and I can monitor how much & how well they are drinking.