THis thread is on my forum www.thegoatspot.net
I basically journaled about Angie's 2009 pregnancy
As I gather information during my goats pregnancies each time around I will be adding tid bits of information on what works for me and pictures of the different stages of pregnancy.
Destiny at aprox 3 months along She carries "out"
Aspen carries more in depth then in width. But I need to get new pictures of her because in the last week or so she has really started to show her pregnancy. here she is at aprox 3 months along.
Her udder is about the size of an orange. It is hard to see because of all her winter coat. When it gets closer to her kidding date I maybe able to see her udder more.
Here is Aspen at day 140 (gestation is aprox 150 days)
This is Destiny - note her right side, that is were you see the kids the most (left side is mosty rumen)
here is Aspen's udder at 140 days. She is a first freshioner.
Flicka is at aprox 140 days.
Here she is on May 20th
and here she is June 5th.
The change you see is what we call "dropping" which is when the doe "drops" the kids and prepares them for delivery. This can happen as early as 4 weeks before delivery or as late as the hours right before. Knowing your doe will help you determin how soon she will go. Flicka is a first freshioner so everything is new and I am logging everything for next year. :D
Have you heard someone say "check her ligaments to see if they are gone" but have no idea what that means? here are some pictures and videos to give you an idea of how to check for ligaments.
The misconception with checking for ligaments in a doe is that if you can reach around a does tail the ligaments are gone. This is incorrect
Description on how to check for ligaments:
here is a good visual of the rump of a goat whos ligaments are "gone"
Note how sunk in the area is around the tail
Sadie - 2011 note the indentations around the tail head - her ligaments are what we consider "gone"
Here are some videos of how to check for ligaments but on a doe who is not pregnant or close to kidding
Udder is filling and a discharge has started
Here is a video of Mia. She was a couple hours from kidding. Notice the "bleating" sound she is making. Does will start sounding like this as they get closer to kidding. She is talking to her kids. Sometimes a doe will nip at their sides as well as talking to their sides.
Here she is in the first stages of labor. Kid/s should arrive with in the hour or less. If not you will need to assist
Here is Mia in active labor. Watch as her body tenses with the contraction as well as her leg stretches out. Some does will be much more forceful with their contractions while others like Mia will be more suble and quite.