The humans' house might not be finished (almost six years since we broke ground), but the goats have been giving birth in style this year.
Mike was finishing up each kidding pen a day or two before each goat was due. He finished the first pens in February, a couple days before Carmen (below) kidded.
Now we have four private kidding suites, and two nursery pens. Okay, they're not entirely private, but they're as private as a goat wants them to be. They're herd animals, so they don't like too much privacy.
The kidding suites are individual spaces where a doe can give birth and start caring for her little kids without any other bossy goats bothering her.
After the kids are a week or two old, they are moved with their mother to one of the nursery pens, where they can get to know the other kids and moms.
One of the best things is that we used mostly reused and re-purposed materials. Those cool walls came out of a fancy horse barn that was being dismantled. It was a win-win scenario. We have amazing walls for our kidding pens, and these walls were saved from a landfill.