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First baby animals of spring born in Northwest Colorado

— Barns, pastures and some merchants throughout the Yampa Valley are starting to welcome the first baby animals of the spring baby boom.

"I fell in love with my first (baby) goat," said Craig teen Trinity Boulger, who is excited to increase her herd of milk and meat goats.

As young animals arrive in the Boulger barn, baby birds arrive at one local store, delivered by the post office.

Baby chickens, ducks and geese are here for "Chick Days" an annual sale that continues until May at Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply Stores.

Chick Days are for ranchers and city folks as Craig now allows homeowners with a license to keep up to four hens in their back yards.

Chicken coops and pens must meet certain specifications so it is important to drop by for a copy of the ordinance and to buy a license, said City Administrative Office Manager Gayle Zimmerman.

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While Moffat County producers are starting to welcome baby goats, horses and lambs, further up the Yampa Valley in parts of Routt County spring weather and spring babies are both slower to appear.

"It's a little bit early here yet. Some folks have started to lamb. The calving gets into full bore here in mid-March to April," said Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agricultural Alliance.

Barns and sheds help agricultural produces across the region, like Shiloh Whaley of Whaley Ranching in Yampa, to get a jump on the season.

"My flock is a show flock so I lamb in sheds. We are almost done lambing. We started on the 10th of February," she said.

Whaley's cattle should start calving in the next few weeks and she's hoping the "beautiful weather" they've been having at the base of the Flat Tops Mountains continues.

"Normally this time of year it's really challenging. Last year there was so much mud during calving everything was getting cold as it was born in the water," Whaley said.

All the cuteness and all the work have a serious purpose.

"Agriculture is very important for a lot of different reasons. It's what feeds you. For people who don't do it, I think it's easy to forget where it comes from," Whaley said. "That's what we do, we feed America."

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