Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kiko doe raises kids despite broken leg

CVK Sally II cleans up and nurses her kids while
her broken leg (left rear) dangles uselessly.

On January 30 my grandson Rylan and I were working goats. We were running them through the “tub” and into the alleyway so we could FAMACHA and just give them a good looking over. One very pregnant nanny who has never been a problem before decided she would jump out of the catch pen this time. She didn’t quite make it and her left rear leg got caught in the top rail. When her weight hit the ground, that leg bone snapped with a sickening pop.

It was one of those scenes where you see it happening in slow motion but you are frozen and there is nothing you can do except watch … knowing what’s about to happen. I cussed the goat as she ran down the hill, favoring that left leg as her foot dangled and whirled like an airplane propeller. The bone was cleanly broken but the skin was intact. I debated whether to splint her or shoot her.

I was able to get her into a small corral. After watching her for awhile, I decided she was too heavy and too wild to try and splint. I didn’t want to carry her to the vet. I decided I would keep her penned up and hope for the best. Hopefully she would have her kids and I could bottle feed them or graft them onto another mother.

I had heard of broken legs healing themselves, but I didn’t know about a break this severe. I also know that splinting a leg was not always successful. I once had a buck die from infection after we splinted his leg. Another Kiko producer told me her goat’s leg actually rotted off from infection. In many situations, it’s just hard (or impossible) to catch a wild goat and keep the bandaging cleaned for the amount of time it takes for a broken leg to heal. I decided my best course of action was to leave it to nature. She would either heal or not.

A week later the leg was still dangling, swaying with every step she took. She didn’t seem in pain and she was eating good. When I checked on her the afternoon of February 5, I discovered she had kidded — triplets. One doe kid looked like it was born dead but there was another healthy doe and a buck kid. The mother had cleaned them up and they already were nursing … as she stood there on three legs.

Less than a month later, the leg has healed. There is a knot where the break occurred and her lower leg is a little crooked, but she can put her entire weight on the leg and as you can see in the accompanying video, she gets around pretty good. She is successfully raising her two remaining kids.

I’m still not ready to turn her out in the big pasture with the other goats. She has done so surprisingly well so far, I don’t want to risk her re-injuring it with all the hills, ditches, fallen trees and bullies in the pasture. I figure in a couple more weeks she’ll be as good as new. Just another example of a good goat that was healthy enough to heal herself and raise her kids.

This doe is a 4-year-old 100% New Zealand Kiko that Mary McDonald and Sandy Rittenhouse of Rittenhouse Kikos purchased last year at the Southeast Kiko Goat Association sale in Perry, Ga. ( and brought here to Egypt Creek Ranch where I manage their herd. CVK Sally II was born at Chey-View Kikos in Kentucky. She is a TAY 007 granddaughter on the top and a JTV Goliath granddaughter on the bottom — some old genetics that have stood the test of time. In my opinion, she has endured the ultimate performance test. She’ll have a home here for as long as she wants it. Just don’t be jumpin’ any more fences!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ECR Hanky Panky's 'younger' sister makes an impact

9-year-old ECR Princess Nicki and day-old ECR Slash.

My oldest Kiko doe, ECR Princess Nicki, is also my last Nick (Sunboy Stanton 149) daughter still living. She turned 9 on February 7 and became a momma for the eighth year in a row on Feb. 22. This is the first year that she had a single instead of twins. Last year it was twin boys; the year before that twin girls. Nicki’s dam was JTV Queen, a JTV Klondike daughter that I bought from Jacque & Terri Valley’s JTV Kikos in Athens, Texas, in 1999.

Nicki’s is an interesting story. She was actually conceived — became a fertilized embryo — in the summer of 2005. When we did our embryo flush that year, we ran out of recip does, so we had to freeze her and put her in the tank for a year.  We implanted her into a recip doe in late summer 2006 and she was born here in our pasture in 2007. She has been here producing for us ever since.

Her flushmate sister that we did implant in 2005 was ECR Hanky Panky, who went on to become our best-known doe after ECR Gloria. Hanky Panky went to Bill and Brenda Moore of BBM Kikos when she was weaned — that was the stud fee they received for letting me use Nick. They flushed Hanky Panky three times to three different bucks that you’ve probably heard of: Sports Kat, ECR Rusty and TAY Onyx (frozen semen).

When Bill and Brenda retired, I brought ECR Hanky Panky back to Egypt Creek Ranch. We also brought her Onyx son, BBM Hanky Panky’s Y266 with us; he is owned by Rittenhouse Kikos and has produced performance-proven bucks for them and for ECR   (  ECR Hanky Panky also is the mother of our ECR Rusty son, ECR Rusty’s Rambo.

But this story is supposed to be about Nicki — not Hanky Panky. Although she is Hanky Panky’s full sister, Nicki never got the recognition like her famous sister. Because Nicki was born a year later, Hanky Panky was having babies by the petri dish full while Nicki was still nursing. Also, Nicki is white while Hanky Panky was a beautiful gray with dark trim. People remember color.

Nicki has well earned her keep here. She has produced some feminine yet big-framed does and some powerful bucks. We retained one of her buck kids from last year, ECR  Powerstroke, as a replacement sire. And her new buck kid, ECR Slash, looks promising. Already, we consider Nicki a Doe of Distinction. She will always have a home at Egypt Creek Ranch.


 This video is of Nicki's son Powerstroke meeting his first does last fall.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Breeding season under way at Egypt Creek Ranch

BBM Hanky Panky's Y266 (in the back) with some of his girls. The buck,
a TAY Onyx son, and most of these does belong to the Rittenhouse Kikos herd.
For those who don't know it already, here at Egypt Creek Ranch, we manage
the Rittenhouse herd, Bill & Brenda Moore's BBM Kikos as well as our own herd.

Breeding season began in earnest this week. After running together all summer, the does have been divided into different pastures with their bucks. Part of the fun in managing a goat farm is deciding which does to put with which bucks. You sit down with your lists and pedigrees and past performance records and hope you make the right decisions: Which buck will add what strengths to this doe? How did this mating work last year? Am I getting these genetics too close? Do I need an outcross here? How can I maintain that "look" yet add a little depth or muscling? You do the best you can. Try to make the best, educated choices. Listen to your gut on some decisions. Then wait five months to see what hits the ground. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Custom-made ornaments will add special touch to Christmas tree

Ornaments with the images of ECR Rusty (left) and Iron Horse were
handcrafted from the photos on the catalog cover, pictured here.

A closeup of the Rusty ornament. The image is engraved
on a gourd then hand-painted.

While visiting one of the vendor booths at last month’s Cream of the Crop Kiko sale in Corydon, Ind., I noticed a display of Christmas ornaments engraved with goat artwork. One particular ornament really caught my attention because it looked just like my buck ECR Rusty. As I looked closer, I discovered it was Rusty! And there next to it was an ornament decorated with another famous Kiko buck, Iron Horse. 

I soon learned that the ornaments had been engraved by Pam Jones of Legacy Keepers Farm in Hazleton, Ind. She had used the cover of the Cream of the Crop catalog as a guide for duplicating the likenesses of the two bucks. Pam was recovering from surgery and was not able to be there, but her table was well-manned by her energetic daughter Jaime. 

After the sale was over and she was packing up, Jaime presented me with the Rusty ornament as a gift and also gave Dave and Linda Sparks the Iron Horse ornament. I guarantee these ornaments will have permanent spots on our Christmas trees. 

Pam custom makes these ornaments, working from a photo of your goat or other animal and charges only $20. She has a variety of other handmade items available. Pam says there is still plenty of time before Christmas if anyone would like to place an order. She can be contacted at home 812-784-4104 or cell 812-385-6877. Her website is

Monday, September 29, 2014

ECR consignments to 2014 Cream of the Crop sale

The Cream of the Crop Kiko production sale will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon, Ind. These are the top consignments from Egypt Creek Ranch. A complete catalog and list of activities can be seen at I can be reached by e-mail at or call/text 662-519-9697, if you have questions. We hope you can make it to the sale, but if you can't, phone bids are welcomed. Contact me and I will arrange for someone to help you bid. We will also help make arrangements for delivery. Learn more about our Kiko operation at All of our Kikos are registered with the NKR; learn more at

LOT #8 -- BBM Vicky T728

BBM Vicky sells bred to our TAY Onyx son, 
BBM Hanky Panky's Y266, pictured with her below.

LOT #32 -- BBM Kylie

Perfect genetic combination: Rusty and Nick on top and Sports Kat on the bottom.

LOT #33 -- BBM Kitty

Twin sister to Lot #32.

LOT #58 -- ECR Damon

Proven genetics. Double-bred Onyx on top.
Dam is Sports Kat x ECR Gloria.

LOT #59 -- ECR Axel

Solid black. Solid muscle. Solid genetics.

LOT #96 -- ECR Hallee #392 (Substitute)

50% Kiko doeling.

LOT #117 -- ECR Madee #2

50% Kiko doeling.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Breeding season in full swing on Egypt Creek

We began some limited breeding in August but this week we gathered up the main herds, sorted out the does and put them with bucks.

BHF's 3rd 'G' Traveler. He doesn't win any beauty contests,
but his offspring sure could — both boys and girls.

SRK Percival (TAY Onyx and ECR Rusty genetics).
Percival and these does are part of the Rittenhouse Kikos herd.

ECR Pharaoh
(ECR Rusty son with Onyx and Nick genetics on the bottom).

ECR Rusty's Rambo (Rusty x ECR Hanky Panky-Nick daughter).

ECR Spartacus (3rd G Traveler x BBM Vicky-Nick daughter)

ECR Xcalibur (double-bred Xcelerator) with our
high-percentage Kiko commercial does.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Multi-tasking on Saturday morning

This is the fourth and final pen of does we worked this weekend.
Over the past 2 days we have gone through every doe and buck on the ranch checking for parasites or any other problems. We also pulled out all the goats that we are consigning to the Cream of the Crop Kiko Production Sale next Saturday, Oct. 6, in Corydon, Ind. (For more information on the sale and the ECR consignments, click on the link at the top right of this page.)

Although it has been dry this summer, the goats have thrived. The adult does have regained body condition, and the February and March doelings look like yearlings almost. Out of the pen full of goats pictured above, only one needed deworming. 

We pulled these does out of the pasture; they are
consigned to the Cream of the Crop Sale.

Rudee Lee gets her nails done by Roland McAvoy
before she heads for her sale debut in Corydon, Ind.,
next weekend.