Waiting on Coco

Apr 3, 2017 | Recipes | 4 comments

Farming… gardening… it always seems like you’re thinking about next year. And so, even with the amount of work to be done around here, it can be difficult for me to live in present. I am blessed with so much anticipation in my life. I love it and with homesteading, you do so much today so that X, Y, Z can happen down the road.

And yet at present, I find myself pretty stuck in the present. Waiting on a goat.

My beloved Nigerian dwarf Coco, queen of the farm (after myself of course 🙂 is expecting kids. Baby goats that is. And I swear, she has been expecting for an eternity. We watch her waddle thru the barnyard. She looks truly miserable. Like a pregnant woman at 41 weeks. Her ligs (ligaments) seem soft, her udder is filling up (and oh baby, is it going to be gorgeous!) but tick tock, tick tock. We seem at an impasse.

Waiting for Coco: Homesteading in the spring and anticipating baby goats

Baby Goats

Actually, she’s making me feel a bit like a rookie, though, this won’t be our first kidding. When I left for California a couple weeks ago I prayed she would hold off ’til I returned. ‘Cause I’m the midwife, you know? And now, days and days have gone by.

Nada…. or should I say, rien.

I’m soooooooo excited for the routine, for the milking, for the cheese and possibilities. We’re kind of working in little circles here around the farm. Trying to do a little garden clean up, but the mud is so intense, keeping the chicks and turkeys and ducks warm under the heat lamp before their big enough to go outside, we’ve got a broody sitting on eggs and we’re trying to keep her comfortable while she does her thing, ordering new bees today (the field mice destroyed the hives)…. The season is about to EXPLODE and then it will be work, work, work, (read: fun, fun, fun)….Oh, the milking stanchion is getting some repairs today and I’m sprucing up her stall, again…

But we’re waiting on Coco and the Baby Goats.




  1. Nita

    Mice destroyed my bird nests I had collected in the garden shed and something is breaking my hen’s eggs before we can get to them. It never ends, even on a little farm.

  2. TAC

    What a fun video. Your kids are adorable! I’m so anxious to follow along when you begin again in your own farm. Happy days!

  3. Bethany

    My Nigerian Dwarf kidded just a few days ago. I waited and waited and waited… I waited so long that we left the country for a sibling’s wedding, and that’s when she decided to pop! Two weeks past what I thought her due date was! Thankfully my mom and dad were doing chores, and they came over and got everyone cleaned up and dried off. She had three live babies and a runt, which we’re guessing was stillborn.

    But waiting is the worst!!

  4. Mandy Friend

    So fun! I can’t wait to breed my goat this summer! We need way more videos girl, too fun!


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