Although goats most commonly give birth to twins, it is not unusual for yearlings to have a single kid. Triplets are not unheard of, and Nigerian dwarf dairy goats may even have quadruplets and sometimes more! The tendency to have multiples definitely runs in families. If a doe’s dam (mother) had multiples, she is more likely to have multiples also. We had one doe named Coco, who had quadruplets three times and quintuplets twice! The picture is Coco’s second set of quintuplets, which were born in March 2013. The doeling on the left is Bella, who still lives here, so it will be interesting to see how many babies she has!
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