Toffee’s Twins!

Toffee, our Nubian/Boer cross, gave birth today to twins, a boy and a girl. The boy is a dark cream and his name is Trevor. The girl is a tri-color named popTart.  From the first push to the end of the 2nd birth was a grand total of five minutes–talk about fast! Remarkably, for the first time, we caught the whole thing on camera. So here is a photo record of Toffee’s kidding!

Toffee is very large and ready to go. Her water has broken and she looks at her belly, a sure sign that something is going on.

Toffee's water-filled bag is clearly visible crowning.

Look at the blood network in that placenta! The white thing is a hoof.


The male is half way out; the front feet and head are visible.


The kid shoots into the hay with one movement. Toffee greets her baby and begins to lick off the sac.



No rest for the weary....just a few seconds later #2 shoots out and lands on #1 still in his sac!


Two wet, goopy kids!

Momma works at drying the kids off. PopTart, only minutes old, soaking wet and not quite standing is looking to nurse already!

Trevor, with VERY long ears.

PopTart, the little girl.

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6 Responses to Toffee’s Twins!

  1. Laura says:

    Neat to see the birth like that. Good mommying, Toffee!

  2. Cylly says:

    That was wonderful! And u caught it all on camera. Please post updates of them when they dry off. 🙂 I can only imagine what your farm will look like with all those lambies and kiddies bouncing around on a warm sunny day … it makes me want all of our snow to go away already and get on with spring!

  3. Dan says:

    OK, that’s more like it. Goats I can do. With a half acre of kudzo they can eat their little bellies full in the summer. Do they eat a lot? As in do you have to store a ton of food for the winter for them?

    • Julie Helms says:

      Dan, Here in PA we hay our animals about 4 1/2–5 months out of the year: mid Nov to Mid April. That season would be shorter where you are. If you aren’t breeding them then hay is sufficient. Breeders need grain. Two goats probably go through a bale a week when there is no access to other green stuff. So if you need 4 months worth for two goats that would be 12-16 bales of hay. Try to find someone local who will sell it to you AND store it for you till you need it. Then keep track so you can be more precise the following year.

  4. Glory Lennon says:

    That was amazing! Spring really, truly is about re-birth! Good mommy Toffee. 🙂

  5. Debbie says:

    Awesome! 🙂

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