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A Couple of Goat Pregnancy Notes

1 Mar

This morning, when I realized it was time to flip the page of the calendar to March, I had a bit of a panic attack.  That means that in less than two weeks, we’ll start having kids.  I need to move the goats from breeding groups to birthing groups.  I try to always give everyone a chance to have some quiet bonding time, but with ten girls giving birth, they might have to switch to semi-private rooms this year.

While I get pens ready for the girls, they just keep growing their new little babies.  The signs of giving birth are getting more pronounced, and I thought I’d share some of them with you.  They are getting big and making udders.  Imagine another two weeks of making colostrum before kids get here.  It certainly looks like we’ll have plenty for kids to nurse.

In a previous post on signs of goat pregnancy, I mentioned springing.  As the doe gets closer to kidding, she might have swelling or puffiness of her privates.  To compare, the goat below is not bred.

The one below  is due in a couple of weeks.  Keep in mind, not all goats spring.  I have some that never show a sign of this puffiness.

If you are squeamish, you might want to just forget forging forward in this post.  If you love all things goaty and pregnancy, by all means continue.

This past weekend, we had a lot of mucus coming from the girls.  They are losing their mucus plugs.

I have to say, when I was pregnant with my son I had a routine visit to the doctor towards the end of the pregnancy and he mentioned that I had lost my mucus plug, not that I’d ever heard of a mucus plug before.  I figured and said, “That means I’m getting closer.”  He had to burst my bubble and tell me it really didn’t mean a whole lot.

Now by this time, I was springing like the goats and was sick of being pregnant and was ready for the kid to make his appearance.  “It means I’m getting closer!”  Not really.  That’s probably a good message for watching your goat.  Yep, that mucus plug has to come out, but it can still be a couple of weeks or more until they actually give birth, so don’t lock them in and start watching them all night on this one.